BeakerLTN From United Kingdom, joined Jul 2009, 306 posts, RR: 0 Posted (5 years 8 months 3 weeks 6 days 1 hour ago) and read 4139 times:
I was curious to find out which aircraft had the highest number of flying hours. In the UK I used the CAA G-info database and found G-MKBA, an MK cargo 742 with a staggering 113,000 flying hours - that's THIRTEEN years in the air! (and that was in 2006!)
Does anyone know of any with flying hours higher than this? - maybe you know where to get your equivalent database from in your country?
I thought of those 13 years, and looked down at my PC - imagine running it for that long, shaking it around occasionally, and bouncing it on the ground every time I used it.. The quality of the design and manufacture of these airframes and (original) avioncs truly amazes me.
Quoting Max Q (Reply 1): It is indeed impressive, but hours do not tell the whole story, long haul aircraft do not put too many cycles on the airframe which are far more of a factor in airframe life.
That's true.. i fyou split those 113,000 hours up into (rather generous) 8 hour legs, that 14,125 cycles - which is still a good number.
Compare that with a highly utilised 737 doing 10 1hr legs a day, that's 3,650 legs per year (forgetting maintenance and other down-times), so could be the same as an FR 738 that's only four years old..
Still, I've very curious to know of any aircraft with higher flying hours than the 742 posted?
Bx737 From Ireland, joined Sep 2001, 708 posts, RR: 3
Reply 3, posted (5 years 8 months 3 weeks 6 days 1 hour ago) and read 4067 times:
I just did a quick bit of research and I came across a DC9-14 C/N 45705 which was stored in Mobile Alabama. It served with Delta, Southern, Republic and Northwest. It accumulated 78557hours, not as impressive as the MK Airlines 747, but it made 105468 landings. This info came from the book Jet Airliners of the World 1949-2007 published by Air Britain
Pilotboi From United States of America, joined Sep 2007, 2366 posts, RR: 9
Reply 7, posted (5 years 8 months 3 weeks 5 days 19 hours ago) and read 3790 times:
Quoting Bx737 (Reply 5): Regarding Northwest DC10s, on a quick check, the only one I could find was c/n 46577 ex N220NW which was broken up with a total time of 117751 hours.
Built in 1973 and scrapped in 2002, that bird was alive for 29 years. That means for 45% of her life she was not on the surface of the earth.
Well that's the winner so far then. Anyone find anything more? On top of that, can anyone determine the aircraft with most flying hours in the Delta fleet...ever and also out of the current active fleet? This would be great info to post on Widgetheads.net
Do any other country's regulators provide aircraft information like the CAA in the UK? - this would probably be the easiest way to find out, but would take me an age to find - and them search - them all!!
Fantastic fact about that NW DC-10 though - 45% of it's life in the air.. wow!
BSU747 From United Kingdom, joined Jul 2004, 173 posts, RR: 0
Reply 9, posted (5 years 8 months 3 weeks 5 days 16 hours ago) and read 3548 times:
Looking at another old thread on here I saw the following about NW DC-10's posted on June 4th 2007
When finished careers at NW they were ferried to MZJ with
N223NW had 131,045 hours
N224NW had 129,570 hours
N225NW had 128,590 hours
Think N225NW flew with TZ after NW
747classic From Netherlands, joined Aug 2009, 2373 posts, RR: 15
Reply 10, posted (5 years 8 months 3 weeks 5 days 16 hours ago) and read 3504 times:
When PH-BUH left MP in December 2006 it was the 747 with the most flying hours :
127867 - cycles 23399
May be someone can find the actual flying hours of this aircraft and her sister-ship former PH-BUI, both operating with Southern Air.
747-206B(SUD)SF SN. 21110, del.date 19-10-1975, present registration N748SA, owner Air Mobility, parked at MHV from 17-05-2009
747-206B(SUD)SF SN. 21111, del date 15-12-1975, present registration N746SA, owner Air Mobility, still active.
These two aircraft are also the most modified 747"s.
[Edited 2009-08-31 10:46:49]
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