SCUMBAG From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Posted (7 years 5 days 6 hours ago) and read 7247 times:
Such a great number of once proud sliver birds leaving here shredded and crushed, and the pace just grows by the day. As someone who was on the 747-100 one week after roll out, and who can still recall the absolute hysteria and wonderment that new Queen of the Sky's caused around the world, it just seems depressing that I see the bobcat over at the tear down area everyday busting this mighty machine up. Oh well, I read here about the breakneck phase of new aircraft coming out of Europe and here in the USA and I guess there has to be room made and this is progress! I salute these cold and now still marvels laying around the desert floor, who served us flawlessly for generations and united countless millions of loved ones decade after decade. The new generation of aircraft has quite a task to live up to, to mirror the service we got from these old timers.
XXXX10 From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2000, 777 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (7 years 5 days 3 hours ago) and read 7012 times:
Whilst it is sad to see these machines, which took so much effort to build, being destroyed there is another way of looking at it.
The fact these these planes are being broken up means that they have successfully ended their careers doing what they were built to do. Much better to see an aircraft being destroyed at the end of it's service life than prematurely in an incident.
AirCop From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 3, posted (7 years 4 days 18 hours ago) and read 6471 times:
Looks like one of those 747's being scrapped struck back. From the AZCentral web site on 11/22:
Nov. 22, 2007 01:13 PM
A man working on a Boeing 747 at an airstrip near Marana was critically hurt when the landing gear collapsed and he was trapped under the plane, authorities said.
The worker was part of a crew disassembling the retired passenger jet at Pinal Airpark Wednesday, Pinal County Sheriff's spokesman Mike Minter said.
For unknown reasons, the landing gear suddenly retracted and the plane fell, trapping Stanley Nye in the gear compartment, Minter said.
He was eventually freed and taken to a Tucson hospital, where he was in critical condition.
MIAMIx707 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 11, posted (7 years 4 days 16 hours ago) and read 6171 times:
Not long ago we were talking about the first flyable A320 that was scrapped, and likewise with the first 757. Since then, I'd like to know how many of each have been broken up, and what airline There's been quite a few of each already..
The Pro Air MD-90s that were built in the late 90s and flew for only about 2 years were being broken up the other day. Has this ever happened before where modern, and still pretty much "new" airliners have been broken up? My guess would be no.
BuyantUkhaa From Mongolia, joined May 2004, 2907 posts, RR: 3
Reply 14, posted (7 years 4 days 5 hours ago) and read 2973 times:
I was just looking at Marana on Google Earth and I noticed a bunch of very exotic-looking small planes with canards outside the apron, to the N/NE of where it says "Final Airpark" (at 32º30'48"N 111º19'20"W). Does anybody know what type of plane that is?
United_Fan From United States of America, joined Nov 2000, 7522 posts, RR: 7
Reply 15, posted (7 years 4 days 4 hours ago) and read 2890 times:
Quoting BuyantUkhaa (Reply 14): I was just looking at Marana on Google Earth and I noticed a bunch of very exotic-looking small planes with canards outside the apron, to the N/NE of where it says "Final Airpark" (at 32º30'48"N 111º19'20"W). Does anybody know what type of plane that is?
The name escapes me , but I know they were bought back my the manufacturer due to cracks.
'Empathy was yesterday...Today, you're wasting my Mother-F'ing time' - Heat.
Candid76 From United Kingdom, joined Apr 2005, 740 posts, RR: 4
Reply 16, posted (7 years 4 days 4 hours ago) and read 2824 times:
They were the Beech Starship
If you see these aircraft being broken up every day could you possibly let us know which aircraft - scrapping dates even for 747s at Marana seem hard to come by. The best way to see these retired birds is to go to Tucson and hire a light aircraft and pilot, as I did in January. You can then fly in there and take photos.
"Why is Raytheon scrapping it's fleet of Starships?
"In regards to your Starship query, we are indeed decommissioning the fleet. We made the business decision that because of the low number of aircraft in service, and the specialized parts necessary to keep the aircraft flying, that it did not make sense from a business standpoint to continue to support the aircraft."
SCUMBAG From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 19, posted (7 years 4 days 1 hour ago) and read 2559 times:
Want to get into MARANA..? fly in! anyone can do a flyover or touch and go.... it is a public taxpayer strip, they can not stop you from flying in or over the strip. ATC is busy with the army air guard choppers n the field, and federal law enforcement training going on in the old planes, but you can do a long slow touch and go, or like me.... live just outside the gate! as many planes are for sale you can go kick some tires with a broker and if you are a televangilest take up a 747 SP and buy it! (Rev Earnst Angely did
SCUMBAG From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 24, posted (7 years 2 days 20 hours ago) and read 2077 times:
Indeed, go to youtube and get the videos of the 747 teardown, or the nose ride in the 747.... just keep looking for airplane graveyard until you find the guy who took a golf cart and romped all ovr the field, and rode in the nose wheel of a 747 with his video cam while it was being taxied across the field.... HE has the ability to get you in, and his youtube name is camper or Kamper something. he works for evergreen. Good luck!