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Gimli Glider Officially Retired  
User currently offlineBeechNut From Canada, joined Apr 2004, 731 posts, RR: 10
Posted (6 years 11 months 4 days 11 hours ago) and read 9074 times:

Storied Gimli Glider on Final Approach.

From the Toronto Globe and Mail:

http://www.theglobeandmail.com/servl.../National/home?cid=al_gam_mostview

Fair use excerpt:

"Mr. Pearson and Mr. Quintal will board the plane on a special flight this morning, departing from Montreal to oversee the jet's retirement at the Mojave Airport in the California desert. Besides the two co-pilots, three of the six flight attendants are also expected to make the journey, which will include a stopover in Tucson, Ariz.

Today's flight will be captained by Jean-Marc Bélanger, a former head of the Air Canada Pilots Association, with a fly-past scheduled after the plane leaves Air Canada's Montreal maintenance hangar.

Plane spotters and aviation buffs have elevated the jet to legendary status, with sightings of the plane - its registration marking, C-GAUN, on the body and FIN number "604" on the tail - considered an A-list highlight. The jet's comings and goings have been a source of conversation for nearly 25 years as avid plane watchers post their prized photos on aviation websites."

A sad day indeed for Canadian aviation buffs!

Beech

49 replies: All unread, showing first 25:
 
User currently offlineLTBEWR From United States of America, joined Jan 2004, 13200 posts, RR: 15
Reply 1, posted (6 years 11 months 4 days 11 hours ago) and read 9066 times:

At least they are giving it a nice send off it deserves.
It's too bad much of it may become soda cans in a few month or years.


User currently offlineYULYMX From Canada, joined May 2006, 977 posts, RR: 1
Reply 2, posted (6 years 11 months 4 days 11 hours ago) and read 9075 times:

http://flightaware.com/live/flight/ACA7067

For those who wants to follow the flight


User currently offlineBok269 From United States of America, joined May 2007, 2104 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (6 years 11 months 4 days 11 hours ago) and read 8903 times:

Notice:

Quote:
It's unclear how long the jet will stay in the California desert. Aircraft maker Boeing Co., Mount Royal College in Calgary, engine maker Pratt & Whitney and the Canada Aviation Museum in Ottawa have expressed interest in acquiring the Gimli Glider, Mr. Pearson said.

Maybe there is hope for her after all...



"Reality is wrong, dreams are for real." -Tupac
User currently offlineQueso From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 4, posted (6 years 11 months 4 days 10 hours ago) and read 8826 times:

Happy Landings, Gimli Glider! Too bad it won't fly far enough south for me to get a look at it going overhead.

User currently offlineBeechNut From Canada, joined Apr 2004, 731 posts, RR: 10
Reply 5, posted (6 years 11 months 4 days 7 hours ago) and read 8573 times:

On this link you will find some amazing pics of her low pass over 06R on her final flight to her resting place in the desert:

http://www.yulaviation.com/vbb/showthread.php?p=95407#post95407

Beech


User currently offlineMultimark From Canada, joined Jul 2006, 797 posts, RR: 0
Reply 6, posted (6 years 11 months 4 days 7 hours ago) and read 8545 times:

Amazing pics. Goodbye C-GAUN. I hope she gets a final resting place worthy of her heritage.

User currently offlineYULspotter From Canada, joined Mar 2006, 154 posts, RR: 0
Reply 7, posted (6 years 11 months 4 days 5 hours ago) and read 8294 times:

Link to a local news report of it's send-off:
http://lcn.canoe.ca/cgi-bin/player/v...alite/national/20080124_landry.wmv

It's in French but you see the impressive low altitute flyby at YUL at the end of the video. The wing salute was a nice touch.

It's probably wishful thinking but I really hope that this a/c end's up in a Canadian musuem.

YULspotter


User currently offlineFlagshipAZ From United States of America, joined Jan 2001, 3419 posts, RR: 14
Reply 8, posted (6 years 11 months 4 days 4 hours ago) and read 8239 times:



Quoting BeechNut (Thread starter):
A sad day indeed for Canadian aviation buffs

It's not just the Canucks...it's ALL aviation buffs. I too, have followed the Glider
since she & her crew made history. Yours truly is one fan of the 762, and hoping
the Glider's retirement days are spent on display, in one piece. She earned it.
Regards.



"Beer is living proof that God loves us and wants us to be happy." --Ben Franklin
User currently offlinePnwtraveler From Canada, joined Jun 2007, 2296 posts, RR: 12
Reply 9, posted (6 years 11 months 4 days 4 hours ago) and read 8190 times:

I bet you, you feel it in your stomach during that wing waggle. They were waving at the AC Maintenance Base as they flew by.

User currently offlineAvt007 From Canada, joined Jul 2000, 2132 posts, RR: 5
Reply 10, posted (6 years 11 months 4 days 4 hours ago) and read 8160 times:

I hate to be a stick in the mud, but it's just a plane. One day the crew screwed up, an event AC would like to forget, not commemorate in a museum. Ac employees may have a soft spot for it, but otherwise, what's the big deal? If we put every plane that had an incident in a museum, it'd have to be darned big!

User currently offlineRbgso From United States of America, joined Jun 2006, 599 posts, RR: 0
Reply 11, posted (6 years 11 months 4 days 4 hours ago) and read 8131 times:

Even at her age she looked pretty dignified on that last low pass. I hope she ends up in a museum, or doing valuable work somewhere. Beer cans just shouldn't be in her future.......

User currently offlineRIX From United States of America, joined Aug 2000, 1787 posts, RR: 1
Reply 12, posted (6 years 11 months 3 days 22 hours ago) and read 7757 times:



Quoting Avt007 (Reply 10):
an event AC would like to forget

- it didn't look so today.

Quoting Avt007 (Reply 10):
If we put every plane that had an incident in a museum

- this one was totally unique. Not that I think you don't know this...


User currently offlineThreepoint From Canada, joined Oct 2005, 2188 posts, RR: 9
Reply 13, posted (6 years 11 months 3 days 20 hours ago) and read 7660 times:



Quoting Multimark (Reply 6):
Amazing pics.

I read this and yawned: oh yeah, whatever, it'll be some shots of a plane doing a fly-by.
Eating my words now. Have those photos been enhanced, because I have rarely seen such clarity on the entire plane. the background had the expected grain, but GAUN looks magnificent.



The nice thing about a mistake is the pleasure it gives others.
User currently offlineYYCowboy From Canada, joined Aug 2006, 147 posts, RR: 2
Reply 14, posted (6 years 11 months 3 days 20 hours ago) and read 7626 times:

Does anyone know what repairs were required to make it operational after Gimli?


Its hard to soar like an eagle when you're flying with turkeys
User currently offlineThreepoint From Canada, joined Oct 2005, 2188 posts, RR: 9
Reply 15, posted (6 years 11 months 3 days 20 hours ago) and read 7625 times:

At the risk of giving the impression of reducing aircraft maintenance to a formality, I believe it was simply: repair the nose gear doors and a bit of the lower forward fuselage skin, ensure the nose gear was fine, repack the slides and send her off.
Oh, and put some fuel in 'er.



The nice thing about a mistake is the pleasure it gives others.
User currently offlineZTagged From Niger, joined Oct 2007, 516 posts, RR: 0
Reply 16, posted (6 years 11 months 3 days 20 hours ago) and read 7613 times:



Quoting YYCowboy (Reply 14):

I'm guessing a lot of belly skin.



Something awful.
User currently offlineThreepoint From Canada, joined Oct 2005, 2188 posts, RR: 9
Reply 17, posted (6 years 11 months 3 days 20 hours ago) and read 7607 times:



Quoting ZTagged (Reply 16):
I'm guessing a lot of belly skin.

Unlike Randy from the trailer park boys, surprisingly little.



The nice thing about a mistake is the pleasure it gives others.
User currently offlineRebelDJ From United Kingdom, joined May 2007, 114 posts, RR: 0
Reply 18, posted (6 years 11 months 3 days 19 hours ago) and read 7524 times:



Quoting YULspotter (Reply 7):
It's probably wishful thinking but I really hope that this a/c end's up in a Canadian musuem.

Agree - in the original AC colours as well.


User currently offlineGLA MD11 From France, joined Mar 2000, 277 posts, RR: 0
Reply 19, posted (6 years 11 months 3 days 14 hours ago) and read 6911 times:



Quoting RIX (Reply 12):

- this one was totally unique. Not that I think you don't know this...

Almost unique: http://www.airdisaster.com/cgi-bin/v...42001®=C-GITS&airline=Air+Transat


User currently offlineJamincan From Canada, joined Aug 2006, 776 posts, RR: 0
Reply 20, posted (6 years 11 months 3 days 13 hours ago) and read 6459 times:



Quoting GLA MD11 (Reply 19):
Almost unique: http://www.airdisaster.com/cgi-bin/v...42001®=C-GITS&airline=Air+Transat

Except the Air Transat flight didn't land in the middle of family day and drag racing in Gimli. :P


User currently offlineCross757 From United States of America, joined Jun 2007, 276 posts, RR: 0
Reply 21, posted (6 years 11 months 3 days 12 hours ago) and read 6198 times:

I watched her land from a distance in TUS on Thursday about 4 minutes after 1300 in the afternoon...I didn't realize it was her or I would have driven to the airport to take some pictures. I checked flightaware and it indicated she was scheduled to depart to Mohave...any ideas why she stopped in TUS? I was curious as to why an AC 762 was landing here!

User currently offlineNrcnyc From United States of America, joined Apr 2005, 111 posts, RR: 0
Reply 22, posted (6 years 11 months 3 days 12 hours ago) and read 6121 times:

I'm still confused by what happened. How is the accident not the PIC's fault? Does the 767 not have an accurate fuel gauge?

User currently offlineMCOflyer From United States of America, joined Jun 2006, 8690 posts, RR: 16
Reply 23, posted (6 years 11 months 3 days 12 hours ago) and read 6038 times:

Well, I was fortunate to see her in FLL a couple years ago and it was fun while it lasted. At this bird has a future new home though her sister ships will not.

Hunter



Never be afraid to stand up for who you are.
User currently offlineBeechNut From Canada, joined Apr 2004, 731 posts, RR: 10
Reply 24, posted (6 years 11 months 3 days 12 hours ago) and read 6021 times:

No idea but as there were guests on board, perhaps the guests were dropped off there to fly back on a scheduled flight.

Beech


25 Christiaan : Callsign for the flight was ACAGLID/ Gimli Glider....flew my airspace yesterday and quickly became the talk of the area!!
26 Post contains images Iflyac : Peace be the journey C-GAUN. Thank you for all the safe trips across our great land.
27 Irobertson : I think the Air Transat A330 should be stored in one piece too, doesn't it hold a world record for longest glide?
28 FLY2TUS : Of all the days it came in, the day I was off work! I would have loved to see her land at TUS yesterday.
29 Litz : The 767 does indeed have an accurate fuel guage ... the inital problem stemmed from the fact that on that day, on this particular aircraft, the fuel
30 Post contains links LH423 : http://archives.cbc.ca/IDC-1-69-240-...this_day/life_society/gimli_glider http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gimli_Glider (in this case, wikipedia is relia
31 MCOflyer : Yes it could if it was done very carefully. I believe it could takeoff as well. Hunter
32 Post contains images BeechNut : And was not part of the MEL provided that an accurate means of measuring the tanks existed prior to flight. Which die exist. It was the accurate mean
33 Queso : Do you base that opinion on all the hours you have flying the 762?
34 Pnwtraveler : They used arrestor cables when the CF18 landed at Rockliffe. It was done with a fair bit of secrecy until the last minute due to the post 9/11 nervous
35 AC888YOW : This aircraft belongs in the Canadian Aviation Museum in Ottawa alongside Air Canada's DC-9. This is especially true considering part of her famous vo
36 BeechNut : The POH would say whether it is possible or not. I don't have a 767 POH but I do have a DC-10 and 747 Classic POH. The 747 needs a landing distance,
37 Post contains images Avt007 : This has been answered above. And I'll stick by my opinion, it's not a special plane, and beercans would be ok by me. Why not dig up the wreckage of
38 Post contains links Avt007 : And if we're going to that, make it a big one................ Many incidents have happened on aircraft where fuel exhaustion or starvation played a r
39 LGA777 : I have seen many a 763 land on 7000 runway 31 at LGA and turn off at the halfway mark on the runway (3500) feet and this is with paxs, cargo, and much
40 Threepoint : Not unless they move the DC-9 out of the restoration hangar and into the main display building. There's a member here who works at the CAM...I can't
41 Pnwtraveler : Maybe the Museum of Flight will grab her.
42 Avt007 : I hope you're not serious! The fact that people survived is largely due to luck, not the prowess of the pilots, who in both cases, IMHO, should have
43 Post contains links and images ACDC8 : Very sad, I never did get a chance to snag a ride on her. Oh well, at least we still have the Azores Glider .... View Large View MediumPhoto © Da
44 Post contains links and images LongHauler : I think C-GAUN should be parked at the Pima Air and Space Museum in Tuscon next to the this beauty: View Large View MediumPhoto © Steve D Hall Th
45 Post contains images Multimark : How come there's no A-net shots of the fly by?
46 Post contains links Multimark : Just to add, there's a good video on youtube of the fly-by: http://youtube.com/watch?v=2MHy6yy3Z00
47 Post contains links Viscount724 : Must be an error in the caption. Viscount model numbers were unique to the original customer, similar to the current Boeing practice, although some V
48 MYT321 : What is it with Canadians and gliders ? Seriously though this bird should be preserved.
49 BeechNut : Well, the 767 is a significant airliner and no doubt an early-build one should be preserved (as is the case with most significant airliners). If any
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