DL747400 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Posted (5 years 8 months 3 days 12 hours ago) and read 16733 times:
Just got my ticket! Woo-Hoo! Are any other NW or DL folks planning to take the flight?
From the employee site:
Northwest/Delta employees and retirees will be able to participate in the Boeing farewell celebration next month for the 747-200, which has been in service for more than 40 years.
NW has arranged a special charter flight as a tribute to the 747-200 retirement celebration at Boeing’s Museum of Flight in Seattle. Ship 6624, one of the last passenger Boeing 747-200s in the pre-merger Northwest fleet, will depart from Minneapolis/St. Paul to Seattle on Oct. 2 at 5:00pm for the retirement celebration the next day in SEA. The return flight will depart SEA at 10:00am on Sunday morning Oct. 4 bound for MSP. Coach seats on the charter flight will be available for the first 350 active or retired employees who purchase a $40 event ticket on the retirement party Web site, which can be accessed via DeltaNet or via Radar.
AA737-823 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 2, posted (5 years 8 months 3 days 10 hours ago) and read 16469 times:
So, what happens to the plane afterward? Is it going to the museum, or simply to the scrapman?
Wish it could be preserved. I take that back- I WISH it could go on flying; I'd SETTLE for it being preserved.
Jetjack74 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 13, posted (5 years 8 months 20 hours ago) and read 7224 times:
I'll be working the event at one of the displays except onboard the aircraft as i'm non-current at present. But i'll be working there probably for the Friday when the aircraft arrives at BFI and the Saturday event
Quoting FlyDeltaJets87 (Reply 10): I won't be on the flight but I will be at the ceremony in Seattle on Saturday. Former A.netter FlyNavy is a DL employee and is sponsoring me to go. He and I will be there.
DL747400 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 17, posted (5 years 7 months 4 weeks 12 hours ago) and read 6696 times:
Yes, Ship 102's farewell tour was called "Bringing the Spirit Home."
DL has a long history of honoring aircraft when retiring the last of a type from service. I can recall similar events (both revenue and non-revenue) for the last DC-8, DC9, DC-10, 727, 767-200 and L-1011.
Interestingly, the DC-10 has been retired twice (original DL DC-10's retired in the 1970's and then the ex-Western DC-10s retired in the late 1980's. Now the 747 will also be retired twice (or 3 times depending on whether you count the 742 and 744 separately).
C5LOAD From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 18, posted (5 years 7 months 3 weeks 6 days 20 hours ago) and read 6482 times:
Quoting DL747400 (Reply 17): Interestingly, the DC-10 has been retired twice (original DL DC-10's retired in the 1970's and then the ex-Western DC-10s retired in the late 1980's. Now the 747 will also be retired twice (or 3 times depending on whether you count the 742 and 744 separately).
And when the time comes (hopefully not for a loooooong time) the DC-9 will be retired twice as well.
NWA757300 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 22, posted (5 years 7 months 3 weeks 1 day 15 hours ago) and read 5721 times:
I just finished a charter from NUE on 6624, thursday morning. The aircraft will continue to fly until the end of November and then be officially retired. Two 747-400 will then be transferred to the charter ops for MAC charters.
Cvg2lga From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 24, posted (5 years 7 months 3 weeks 1 day 9 hours ago) and read 5548 times:
Hey Jetjack74, nice pics. I was on the flight into BFI. Man the whole plane was alive, people moving everywhere and talking to everyone. What a thril.l I went from tail to nose. Upstairs even, on that famed spiral staircase. Hope to catch you tommorrow. I know about you said you'll be there. Are you riding out on the 742 Sunday by chance?
: I happened to drive past Boeing Field yesterday, and I caught a photo of the beautiful airplane. Now I know why it was there... http://twitpic.com/k3o
: This is why we can be glad that in the last govt. stimulus no airlines received any funds, imagine the noise if they had and this "trip" became public
: Considering it wasn't executive bonuses or wasteful spending, I doubt there would be any outrage over it... It was a public event for employee morale
: Nice pics. I'll get some of mine up tomorrow if I get a chance. I just got home from flying across the country all day. PS: It was great meeting you
: This was a great finish to the trip
: I was there on Saturday for the event, did the plane tour, talked to a lot of great people. Makes me wish that I want to work for NWA. I've flown on 6
: You know like most people, ever since I was a kid, I was always fascinated by the B747. It's sheer size and ability to fly 350+ pax for 16+ hours real
: Great pics.... I know it's a fairly generic 747 approach, but strangely, she seemed to look quite proud on final. She will be missed. Congrats on many
: Yes Phil, it was great meeting you guys there as well. Glad you guys had a great time.
: The 747-200 on the ramp Some of the volunteers posing for a shots on the boarding stairs Me on the boarding stairs Cockpit Y-Class F-Class in the Nos
: Just out of curiosity, how full was the flight?
: I think it's really great that NW did this for their employees--the shots of Mt. Rainier are amazing! I will miss these aircraft when they're gone. I
: Outbound was pretty full ~ 400 pax. Inbound was lighter ~ 330 pax.