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AA MD-80 Crossing The Street At MIA  
User currently offlineflymia From United States of America, joined Jun 2001, 7213 posts, RR: 9
Posted (4 years 5 months 1 week 1 day 17 hours ago) and read 24908 times:

Today driving from MIA back home I noticed the AA MD-80 sitting engine less on the ramp. I just saw a news story that this MD-80 is going to be moved to an aviation school right across the street tomorrow night. A crane will lift it over the street and into the school. I was always wondering what it was doing there. Pretty interesting story. Would make for some cool pictures. Here is a link to the story. American is donating the MD-80 to George T. Baker Aviation School.
http://www.miamiherald.com/2010/05/1...es-road-trip-jet-faces-tricky.html


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User currently offlinecaptaink From Mexico, joined May 2001, 5109 posts, RR: 12
Reply 1, posted (4 years 5 months 1 week 1 day 17 hours ago) and read 24893 times:

I remember years ago they had an Airbus no? Always fascinated by this school, don't know why.. 


There is something special about planes....
User currently offlinejetstar From United States of America, joined May 2003, 1650 posts, RR: 10
Reply 2, posted (4 years 5 months 1 week 1 day 16 hours ago) and read 24740 times:
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I remember back in the early 1970's when they had a B-720

JetStar


User currently offlinesunking737 From United States of America, joined Feb 2005, 2054 posts, RR: 9
Reply 3, posted (4 years 5 months 1 week 1 day 8 hours ago) and read 23853 times:

George T. Baker, IIRC, was the founder and CEO of the old National Airlines?


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User currently offlineOzarkD9S From United States of America, joined Oct 2001, 5153 posts, RR: 21
Reply 4, posted (4 years 5 months 1 week 1 day 7 hours ago) and read 23387 times:

Quoting sunking737 (Reply 3):


George T. Baker, IIRC, was the founder and CEO of the old National Airlines?

Correct.



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User currently offlineUnited_fan From United States of America, joined Nov 2000, 7505 posts, RR: 7
Reply 5, posted (4 years 5 months 1 week 1 day 5 hours ago) and read 22883 times:

They had the 720 or 707 til just a couple years ago,I think. Airliner World said it was a DC-9-82.


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User currently offlinecaptaink From Mexico, joined May 2001, 5109 posts, RR: 12
Reply 6, posted (4 years 5 months 1 week 1 day 5 hours ago) and read 22707 times:

Quoting United_fan (Reply 5):

Then I must be mistaken.. 



There is something special about planes....
User currently offlinesparky35805 From United States of America, joined Dec 2007, 287 posts, RR: 0
Reply 7, posted (4 years 5 months 1 week 1 day 4 hours ago) and read 22426 times:
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The story goes that Eddie Rickenbacker called Baker an old pirate in the press.Baker decided to use the slogan The Buccaneer Route for National.There was no love lost between the two.
Sparky


User currently offlinewingsofman72 From United States of America, joined Feb 2004, 121 posts, RR: 1
Reply 8, posted (4 years 5 months 1 week 1 day 4 hours ago) and read 22182 times:

The plane at the school was a 720, former UA , but had been sold to a Belize airline I think and had some part it's paint scheme on it, it was there for years when I worked at EA in the 70s...

User currently offlineAmerican762 From United States of America, joined Apr 2004, 175 posts, RR: 0
Reply 9, posted (4 years 5 months 1 week 1 day 3 hours ago) and read 21594 times:

Interesting. I saw this aircraft taxiing (I believe under its own power) several weeks ago in the early evening at MIA. When we took off I saw it later sitting outside of one of the large hangars. Was very interested as well because it had no titles.

AA762



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User currently offline727forever From United States of America, joined Jan 2006, 793 posts, RR: 5
Reply 10, posted (4 years 5 months 1 week 1 day 3 hours ago) and read 21188 times:

Quoting United_fan (Reply 5):
They had the 720 or 707 til just a couple years ago,I think.

It was a 720 and was dismantled in February 2004. It disturbed me greatly every day when we were driving back and forth to the Airbus Training Center watching more and more of that airplane disappear.

727forever



727forever
User currently offlineelbandgeek From United States of America, joined Jun 2008, 758 posts, RR: 0
Reply 11, posted (4 years 5 months 1 week 1 day 3 hours ago) and read 20989 times:

That's a pretty cool gesture from AA. Although to bo honest, towing it across the street may not be quite as much the spectacle as say....landing a 727 at CGX  

User currently offlineUnited_fan From United States of America, joined Nov 2000, 7505 posts, RR: 7
Reply 12, posted (4 years 5 months 1 week 1 day 2 hours ago) and read 19978 times:

Quoting 727forever (Reply 10):
Quoting United_fan (Reply 5):
They had the 720 or 707 til just a couple years ago,I think.

It was a 720 and was dismantled in February 2004. It disturbed me greatly every day when we were driving back and forth to the Airbus Training Center watching more and more of that airplane disappear.

727forever

Time flies,I guess  



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User currently onlineAeroflot001 From Argentina, joined Oct 2009, 410 posts, RR: 0
Reply 13, posted (4 years 5 months 1 week 23 hours ago) and read 15596 times:

Dad is going to try to take some pics tonight. Hopefully everything will run smoothly.

User currently offlinemaxpower1954 From United States of America, joined Sep 2008, 1107 posts, RR: 7
Reply 14, posted (4 years 5 months 1 week 23 hours ago) and read 15356 times:

The facilities at the George T. Baker Aviation School were originally built in 1946 for National Airlines as their main MX base at the Miami HQ. It was replaced by the open air cantiliever hangar accross Le Juene Road in 1958 (now demolished). Baker donated the original hangar to the school, probably for the tax write-down. Russ Farris

User currently offlineN471wn From United States of America, joined Dec 2003, 1561 posts, RR: 2
Reply 15, posted (4 years 5 months 1 week 20 hours ago) and read 10993 times:
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Why did they scrap the United 720?

User currently offlinejetfixr757 From Jamaica, joined Jan 2006, 146 posts, RR: 0
Reply 16, posted (4 years 5 months 1 week 14 hours ago) and read 7355 times:

I remember when the 720 was towed across Lejune Rd. From the loop taxiway that was cool, they stopped traffic around 10am and the Principal of the school was in the left seat riding brakes. It was a great day at school we finally got a "big jet". I remember running the DC6, then we had an instructor that used to run one of the many T-33's, we had O200's we would rebuild, and run, we built a glider, we had a PT6 that ran in the test cell, we used to have fun at aviation school. Then i was 15. Now I am 45.
Jet


User currently offlinerealsim From Spain, joined Apr 2010, 656 posts, RR: 0
Reply 17, posted (4 years 5 months 1 week 6 hours ago) and read 7066 times:

The tow of the aircraft has been posponed until next week due to weather problems:

http://www.miamiherald.com/2010/05/1...red-jets-trip-over-expressway.html


User currently offlineBennett123 From United Kingdom, joined Aug 2004, 7690 posts, RR: 3
Reply 18, posted (4 years 5 months 1 week 1 hour ago) and read 6781 times:

I wonder if the structures/systems on the B720 became sufficiently unrepresentative that it had to go.

Pity it could not be preserved, how many B720 are left.


User currently offlineAtlasAir From United States of America, joined Jun 1999, 119 posts, RR: 0
Reply 19, posted (4 years 5 months 6 days 19 hours ago) and read 6474 times:

I attended the school until 1998. At that time the 720 was falling apart. the interior was in cargo config but smelled like mold and humidity. the fuselage had hole along the bottom. the engine were ceseded up. One time they went to jack it and the gear boggie broke in two. Birds lived in the fuel tanks. Its was past preserving it.

User currently offlinemilesrich From United States of America, joined Jul 2003, 2006 posts, RR: 6
Reply 20, posted (4 years 5 months 6 days 13 hours ago) and read 6127 times:

Quoting maxpower1954 (Reply 14):
The facilities at the George T. Baker Aviation School were originally built in 1946 for National Airlines as their main MX base at the Miami HQ. It was replaced by the open air cantiliever hangar accross Le Juene Road in 1958 (now demolished). Baker donated the original hangar to the school, probably for the tax write-down. Russ Farris

And when National did there maintenance there, they taxied the planes across LeJuene Road to the hanger. Railroad crossing type gates were installed and would be activiated to stop traffic so the aircraft could taxi across this main road. I remember seeing L-1049-H Connies, DC-7s, DC-7B's and DC-6's over there in 1961 when we took a spring vacation to Miami Beach. It was at this same time that Capital was operating "leased" UA 720's into Miami before the merger that June.


User currently offlineUnited_fan From United States of America, joined Nov 2000, 7505 posts, RR: 7
Reply 21, posted (4 years 5 months 5 days 22 hours ago) and read 5714 times:

Quoting AtlasAir (Reply 19):
attended the school until 1998. At that time the 720 was falling apart. the interior was in cargo config but smelled like mold and humidity. the fuselage had hole along the bottom. the engine were ceseded up. One time they went to jack it and the gear boggie broke in two. Birds lived in the fuel tanks. Its was past preserving it.

Not surprisong. South Florida is not a good place to store planes.



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User currently onlineAeroflot001 From Argentina, joined Oct 2009, 410 posts, RR: 0
Reply 22, posted (4 years 5 months 5 days 12 hours ago) and read 5395 times:

Everything went well and the process from "quite literally" wheels up to wheels down took 27 minutes. They used a very old tug with a fresh coat of paint to pull her in. I'll see if any of my dads d-90 pics can make the airliners cut. I'm sure my Sony cybershot from 2005 does not stand a chance.

User currently offlineMiAAmi From United States of America, joined Jul 2007, 594 posts, RR: 0
Reply 23, posted (4 years 5 months 5 days 4 hours ago) and read 5144 times:

Here is a link to the Miami Herald article

http://www.miamiherald.com/2010/05/1...near-mia-to-close-at-midnight.html


User currently offlinehiflyer From United States of America, joined Nov 2004, 2175 posts, RR: 3
Reply 24, posted (4 years 5 months 4 days 23 hours ago) and read 4856 times:

video of the lift here.....
http://www.sun-sentinel.com/news/loc...ved-miami-20100517,0,1095797.story

looked pretty good for it's last time airborne....grin.


25 Post contains links United_fan : Nice video of it: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zEsNaZF6eP4[Edited 2010-05-21 16:36:20][Edited 2010-05-21 16:36:47]
26 lotsamiles : That was a different AA MD80 arriving at MIA after lease return. AA removes the titles and paints the red line blue to "de brand" the aircraft before
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