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First 100,000 Hr 747  
User currently offlineRw774477 From United States of America, joined Feb 2001, 1070 posts, RR: 0
Posted (13 years 7 months 3 days 12 hours ago) and read 1743 times:

Was it TWA or Korean ?

reg ?

Ralph

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User currently offlineDesertJets From United States of America, joined Feb 2000, 7780 posts, RR: 16
Reply 1, posted (13 years 7 months 3 days 12 hours ago) and read 1645 times:

That honor goes to Braniff's 747-127 N601BN, better known as Fat Albert or the Big Pumpkin. From day one it flew every roundtrip from Dallas to Honolulu with few delays or cancellations. This feat was considered impossible. There was no sister-ship for Al. when Al had to go in for MX a 707 or DC8 filled in. It racked up hours faster than any other 747 at the time, though that has now been surpassed. But Al was the first.


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User currently offlineWestern737 From United States of America, joined May 2000, 489 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (13 years 7 months 3 days 11 hours ago) and read 1619 times:

Then what happened to this Fat Albert? I assumed it was scrapped...?

User currently offlineDesertJets From United States of America, joined Feb 2000, 7780 posts, RR: 16
Reply 3, posted (13 years 7 months 3 days 11 hours ago) and read 1610 times:

Al's last gasp was flying for Tower Air. Al transported troops for the Gulf War, after that Al rotted away at JFK from 1992 to 1994 when it was scrapped and made into Coke cans.


Stop drop and roll will not save you in hell. --- seen on a church marque in rural Virginia
User currently offlineAY-MD11 From Finland, joined Feb 2001, 472 posts, RR: 2
Reply 4, posted (13 years 7 months 3 days 11 hours ago) and read 1594 times:

poor Al  Sad I like that planes colour!hope they got lots of coke cans from him  Crying




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AY-MD11


User currently offlineOO-AOG From Switzerland, joined Dec 2000, 1426 posts, RR: 4
Reply 5, posted (13 years 7 months 3 days 11 hours ago) and read 1594 times:

I don't have the same information. In 93 the 747 with highest flying hours was Sabena 747-129 OO-SGA with 96000 hours. The first that had more than 100.000 hours on the clock was TWA 747-131 ship N93104 (In 96 as far as I can remember).


Falcon....like a limo but with wings
User currently offlineCfalk From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 6, posted (13 years 7 months 3 days 10 hours ago) and read 1570 times:

In the late 70's, I used to take an orange Braniff 747 from London to Dallas quite frequently. I remember the goofball interior pretty well. I was just a kid at the time, but hearing about the fall of Braniff and the bubblegum plane made me very sad when I heard about it. I didn't feel anything like that when British Caledonian, Pan Am, or any other lines I flew on a lot dissapeared.

Charles


User currently offlineGaruda From Indonesia, joined Nov 2000, 584 posts, RR: 2
Reply 7, posted (13 years 7 months 2 days 21 hours ago) and read 1509 times:

If I'm not mistaken, the Big Pumpkin is also the 100th B747 built. Can anyone confirm this??

JA


User currently offlineTriple Seven From United States of America, joined Apr 2000, 530 posts, RR: 1
Reply 8, posted (13 years 7 months 2 days 10 hours ago) and read 1472 times:

I thought the first 100,000hrs 747 was the Korean Air 747-230F (ex-Lufthansa) ???

- Triple Seven


User currently offlineDesertJets From United States of America, joined Feb 2000, 7780 posts, RR: 16
Reply 9, posted (13 years 7 months 2 days 9 hours ago) and read 1456 times:

Fat Albert is the 100th 747 built. Just as an adendum to my earlier posts, I now believe that Al never made it to 100,000 hours, though if Braniff had not gone under it certainly might have. But after Braniff shutdown the previously mentioned Sabena 747 was the 747 accumlating hours at the fastest rate.

CFalk, the 747 you say may or may not have been Al. They did also have one 747-200B of their own, plus (I believe 2 SPs). They also leased several other 747s for short periods throughout the 70's. But Al certainly did do DFW-LGW in addition to its regular Hawaii run.



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User currently offlineEarly Air From United States of America, joined Jan 2001, 611 posts, RR: 1
Reply 10, posted (13 years 7 months 2 days 9 hours ago) and read 1453 times:

When was this plane produced?

User currently offlineDesertJets From United States of America, joined Feb 2000, 7780 posts, RR: 16
Reply 11, posted (13 years 7 months 2 days 8 hours ago) and read 1448 times:

The Big Pumpkin was delivered to Braniff in January of 1971.


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