I noticed several healthy looking 752s in this photo, and I was pretty surprised. I know that aircraft can be stored for a number of reasons, but I thought they were in quite high demand with carriers all over the place, including, as a last resort, the FXs and F9s of the world. Couldn't these be put to use somewhere, for someone? Perhaps this is just temporary storage? Any more info would be appreciated.
Pilotboi From United States of America, joined Sep 2007, 2366 posts, RR: 9
Reply 9, posted (6 years 7 months 4 days 17 hours ago) and read 11619 times:
Quoting Richiemo (Reply 8): Was stunned as well when I first saw this photo. No 757 belongs in the desert in my opinion
Then you might have a heart attack when you realize that two of DL's 757s have already been scrapped: 601 and 606. Plus 605, 607, and 611 have been sold for parts. 3 more are stored: 612, 642, and 646.
FX1816 From United States of America, joined Mar 2004, 1400 posts, RR: 3
Reply 12, posted (6 years 7 months 4 days 14 hours ago) and read 11254 times:
Quoting Pilotboi (Reply 9): Plus 605, 607, and 611 have been sold for parts.
607 has just started to be scrapped it was pulled up near the buildings at VCV and it is in the early stages but it is going down pretty quick. Also a side note when I was there today, in the scrapping area there is a Tradewinds 747 (N526UP) and a DL L10 and a few DL 727's meeting their fate
Crjfixer From United States of America, joined Mar 2008, 172 posts, RR: 0
Reply 15, posted (6 years 7 months 4 days 12 hours ago) and read 11065 times:
Quoting KingAir200 (Reply 4): Quoting Alitalia744 (Reply 2):
Did NWA experiment with a more metallic paint and then revert to a less metallic, dull grey?
No. This was an issue they ran into by using different vendors for painting. Some of the color variations are also due to aging of the paint. This can be seen in other fleet types as well.
This paint is the most difficult i have ever had to try and spray, It is a 3 part spray, A grey base coat (not including primer), The clear/metallic coat, and a clearcoat on top.....It seems to look a bit different everytime... I have never been able to match the original a/c paint when painting say a radome or engine cowl it always seems to be slightly different...
Yes, the -300's were repainted almost immediately even though they were not due for the color change maint. wise... which I thought was odd, the one thing that really ticked me off is that management decided to take the names off of the planes with the new color scheme... like Spirit of the Northwest People, The Bernie Epple, City of Detroit, City of Tokyo, City of Shanghai... the only one with a name is the Charles Lindburgh
Quoting Patches (Reply 19): When you say early 757's. How old are these birds sitting in the desert? Also they look so long, are any of them 300's
As said they were within the first 150 757's built all being 5500 series aircraft.
"Some People Just Know How To Fly"- Best slogan ever, RIP NW 1926-2009
While I agree that it is sad to see a great airplane such as the 727 or 757 go away, these birds that are being scrapped are being scrapped so that others may live on. 601, 606, and 611 were all some of the first 757s as others have mentioned. They were 1983-84 builds so getting a little long in the tooth. They also had the lower max structural weights of the earlier builds which doesn't generally cause too many problems, but does make them a little tight on weight doing a transcon west bound in the winter. They had a 224,000 lb max structural weight if I remember correctly which does get tight when you are full in the back. A ZFW of 191,000 lbs only leaves you with 33,000 lbs of fuel, not quite enough to make a transcon.
Also, these airplanes were probably coming up for a heavy check so often times when thinning the heard it is just better to send these on. Others can confirm, but I believe 642 and 646 were just due for heavy so they are in temporary storage until needed again. When needed, they will get a heavy and return to the line.
AA777223 From United States of America, joined Feb 2006, 1313 posts, RR: 6
Reply 24, posted (6 years 7 months 4 days 3 hours ago) and read 8999 times:
Quoting Burnsie28 (Reply 21): As said they were within the first 150 757's built all being 5500 series aircraft.
What exactly does this mean? I know lower MTOW, lower engine thrust, less efficiency, etc. But, how much exactly? Can they be upgraded? These 757 are is awfully high demand on the second hand market, after all.