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Last MEA 707s Now Sitting At Former RAF Airbase?  
User currently offlineBA From United States of America, joined May 2000, 11151 posts, RR: 59
Posted (5 years 7 months 4 days 8 hours ago) and read 2315 times:

MEA withdrew its last 707s from service by the end of 1997. Several were eventually sold, but three remained sitting in BEY for many years until they started scrapping them in 2004.

The three that remained were OD-AHC, OD-AHD, and OD-AHE. OD-AHE was in the best condition and there were some reports that it would be preserved. Based on these photos from August of this year however, it appears it was unfortunately scrapped with the nose along with the nose of its sister ship, OD-AHD, now sitting at the former RAF Upwood airbase:
http://www.planespotters.net/Aviation_Photos/photo.show?id=077461
http://www.planespotters.net/Aviation_Photos/photo.show?id=077462
http://www.planespotters.net/Aviation_Photos/photo.show?id=077463

This photographer makes no mention of its other sister ship, OD-AHC however...

My question is what are the noses of these aircraft doing all the way in a former RAF airbase in England? Also, what could have happened to the rest of the aircraft?

OD-AHC was scrapped in 2004 while OD-AHD was scrapped in 2006, but OD-AHE had remained left untouched while its two sister ships were being scrapped which did bring hope that it would be preserved.

Below are some photos of the mentioned aircraft in BEY:

OD-AHC being scrapped in 2004:

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Photo © Vatche Mitilian
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OD-AHE on the left and OD-AHD on the right in 2005 and 2006:

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Photo © Konstantin von Wedelstaedt
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Photo © Vatche Mitilian


OD-AHD being scrapped at the end of 2006:

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Here is a photo of OD-AHE shown intact in 2006:

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Photo © Vatche Mitilian


Any feedback would be greatly appreciated.


"Generosity is giving more than you can, and pride is taking less than you need." - Khalil Gibran
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User currently offlineMIAMIx707 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 1, posted (5 years 7 months 4 days 5 hours ago) and read 2227 times:

Beautiful airplanes, why can't they just be parked and preserved for some years at least?

cheers


User currently offlineBrightCedars From Belgium, joined Nov 2004, 1286 posts, RR: 2
Reply 2, posted (5 years 7 months 4 days 5 hours ago) and read 2192 times:

That iteration of the Cedar on the tail makes me think more of a political faction than the emblem of Lebanon. I find the latest version much nicer in that aspect.

It's a pity not one of these classics would be preserved, maybe one (E) could be worth starting an MEA aviation museum, as the masterpiece? These particular jets are charged with history and it is indeed sad to imagine they will just all see the axe.

Looking forward to MEA operating quads again!



I want the European Union flag on airliners.net!
User currently offlineBA From United States of America, joined May 2000, 11151 posts, RR: 59
Reply 3, posted (5 years 7 months 3 days 20 hours ago) and read 1957 times:



Quoting BrightCedars (Reply 2):
It's a pity not one of these classics would be preserved, maybe one (E) could be worth starting an MEA aviation museum, as the masterpiece?

As I mentioned, OD-OHE was scrapped unfortunately with its nose section sitting at RAF Upwood.

Quoting BrightCedars (Reply 2):
Looking forward to MEA operating quads again!

I would say that pretty much will never happen now that all remaining MEA 707s have been scrapped.



"Generosity is giving more than you can, and pride is taking less than you need." - Khalil Gibran
User currently offlineMIAMIx707 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 4, posted (5 years 7 months 1 day 20 hours ago) and read 1707 times:

I don't mean to sound dramatic

but this is very sad

is like smashing a classic 1959 Impala


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