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Fate Of Famous Airliners In History  
User currently offlineaa777lvr From United States of America, joined Jan 2007, 220 posts, RR: 1
Posted (3 years 11 months 3 weeks 14 hours ago) and read 11282 times:

Hi A-netters,

Some friends of mine were recently asking me about the DB Cooper incident of the 1970's. I recall that DB Cooper hijacked a NW B727-100 between PDX and SEA in 1971. It made me wonder what happened to the airframe of that 727 in subsequent years (did it fly for someone else, has it been broken up, is it now a freight "dog" flying for someone etc.). I am sure there are other famous/infamous aircraft that folks out there can recall and may know their history.

-AA777LVR

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User currently offlineAeroWesty From United States of America, joined Oct 2004, 20822 posts, RR: 62
Reply 1, posted (3 years 11 months 3 weeks 13 hours ago) and read 11238 times:

Quoting aa777lvr (Thread starter):
It made me wonder what happened to the airframe of that 727 in subsequent years
D.B. Cooper 727; What Happened To It? (by Frugalqxnwa Mar 10 2005 in Civil Aviation)



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User currently offlinechrisjw From United States of America, joined Jan 2009, 123 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (3 years 11 months 3 weeks 2 hours ago) and read 10723 times:

I believe N306FE is still flying with Fedex. Thats the DC10 (or rather MD10) that was involved in the attempted hijacking.


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According to this thread: When Will N306FE Be Retired? (by MCOflyer Nov 24 2009 in Civil Aviation)

There are still marks in the flight decks from attempted hijacking.


User currently offlineDeltaRules From United States of America, joined Sep 2001, 3839 posts, RR: 9
Reply 3, posted (3 years 11 months 3 weeks 2 hours ago) and read 10650 times:

This MD-88:

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...was the one that blew the engine on takeoff from Pensacola in 1996, killing two.



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User currently offlineaa777lvr From United States of America, joined Jan 2007, 220 posts, RR: 1
Reply 4, posted (3 years 11 months 2 weeks 6 days 23 hours ago) and read 10398 times:

Southwest is still flying N286WN that was formerly N471WN. This is the B737-700 that was involved in the MDW overrun incident as WN1248/08DEC05. Apparently, in July of 2006 the company petitioned the FAA to have the repaired aircraft re-registered. Any idea why a re-registration was necessary?

User currently offlinetrigged From United States of America, joined Mar 2005, 540 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (3 years 11 months 2 weeks 6 days 22 hours ago) and read 10314 times:

Quoting aa777lvr (Reply 4):
Southwest is still flying N286WN that was formerly N471WN. This is the B737-700 that was involved in the MDW overrun incident as WN1248/08DEC05. Apparently, in July of 2006 the company petitioned the FAA to have the repaired aircraft re-registered. Any idea why a re-registration was necessary?

Probably because of all of the photos on the internet of that aircraft with that registration. If someone wants to dig a little, there is no way to hide that fact.


User currently offlineViscount724 From Switzerland, joined Oct 2006, 26021 posts, RR: 22
Reply 6, posted (3 years 11 months 2 weeks 6 days 22 hours ago) and read 10267 times:

Quoting trigged (Reply 5):
Quoting aa777lvr (Reply 4):
Southwest is still flying N286WN that was formerly N471WN. This is the B737-700 that was involved in the MDW overrun incident as WN1248/08DEC05. Apparently, in July of 2006 the company petitioned the FAA to have the repaired aircraft re-registered. Any idea why a re-registration was necessary?

Probably because of all of the photos on the internet of that aircraft with that registration. If someone wants to dig a little, there is no way to hide that fact.

The UA 747-122 (flight UA811) that lost the forward cargo door and a large section of adjacent fuselage skin after departure from HNL for AKL in 1989, resulting in explosive decompression and the deaths of 9 passengers who were sucked out of the aircraft, was re-registered from N4713U to N4724U when the aircraft went back into service in 1990 after repairs.



User currently offlinefanofjets From United States of America, joined Apr 2000, 2005 posts, RR: 3
Reply 7, posted (3 years 11 months 2 weeks 6 days 18 hours ago) and read 9839 times:

KLM's first Boeing 747, PH-BUA, (Mississippi) was involved in a hijacking incident to Malta.

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She was sold to America West, but that assignment did not last long. She ended up as a trainer for anti-terrorist forces.

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User currently offlinefanofjets From United States of America, joined Apr 2000, 2005 posts, RR: 3
Reply 8, posted (3 years 11 months 2 weeks 6 days 18 hours ago) and read 9789 times:

The Boeing 707-320 featured in the original Airport led an interesting and varied life all around the world, until crashing in Sao Paulo, Brazil, claiming 21 lives aboard the aircraft and on the ground. She started life as N324F, a Boeing 707-349C with Flying Tigers.

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User currently offlineArgonaut From UK - Scotland, joined Dec 2004, 422 posts, RR: 1
Reply 9, posted (3 years 11 months 2 weeks 6 days 17 hours ago) and read 9455 times:

On the subject of hijacked aircraft:

The TWA 727-231 (N64339, commanded by Capt. Testrake) involved in the infamous hijacking while en route ATH-FCO during 1985 ended up operating TWA's very last 727 service, in 2000. I believe it did no more flying after that other than to VCV where it was broken up in (or about) 2002.

(No doubt this is all on a.net somewhere already.)

Quoting fanofjets (Reply 8):
The Boeing 707-320 featured in the original Airport led an interesting and varied life all around the world,

Yup, to most non-a.nutters, probably the most famous 707. We could probably have an entire, inexhaustible thread about individual aircraft movie-stars and what became of them... In fact, this being a.net, we probably have!

rj



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User currently offlineconnies4ever From Canada, joined Feb 2006, 4066 posts, RR: 13
Reply 10, posted (3 years 11 months 2 weeks 6 days 17 hours ago) and read 9417 times:

The "Gimli Glider", Boeing 767-200 C-GAUN, fin 604 in Air Canada's 767 fleet, has been retired to Mojave, and is being parted out.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gimli_Glider



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User currently offlinekeuleatr72 From Germany, joined Apr 2008, 97 posts, RR: 0
Reply 11, posted (3 years 11 months 2 weeks 6 days 14 hours ago) and read 8691 times:

Good Morning

One of the most recognized Airplanes in the German Air Register was the Boeing 737-230, D-ABCE, called Landshut.
In autum of 1977, the Landshut operated a flight from FRA-PMI and was supposed to do the return flight to FRA, when four Terrorists of the "Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine" hijacked the flight. After an odessy of five days the Boeing ended up in Mogadishu when the GSG9 stormed the Plane and killed three of the four hijackers. The 37 year old Captain was shot dead at a previous stopover at Aden, Yemen.

The Plane returned to service and flew with LH until September of 1985, when it was sold to Presidental Air and was registered N302XV. After a couple of owner changes the Boeing ended up being stored at Fortaleza. It is in storage since 01/2008.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lufthansa_Flight_181

http://www.airfleets.net/ficheapp/plane-b737-20254.htm

[Edited 2011-01-09 01:27:14]

User currently offlineGBLKD From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2011, 345 posts, RR: 0
Reply 12, posted (3 years 11 months 1 week 5 hours ago) and read 7708 times:

British Airways 747 G-BDHX, Speedbird 009 which lost all four engines due to volcanic ash on 24th June 1982 eventually passed to European before being parted out.

The fuselage was purchased by an environmental pressure group called 10:10,( the idea was to get people to cut thier emissions by 10% in 2010) and turned into thousands of necklace tags which it sold through it's website.

I have a couple I bought just to say I own a little bit of a famous aeroplane.


User currently offlineUltimateDelta From United States of America, joined Sep 2007, 2169 posts, RR: 6
Reply 13, posted (3 years 11 months 1 week 4 hours ago) and read 7666 times:

Quoting DeltaRules (Reply 3):
This MD-88:


...was the one that blew the engine on takeoff from Pensacola in 1996, killing two.

N914DL is still flying as well, which is the one that crash-landed at LGA.



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User currently offlineNavigator From Sweden, joined Jul 2001, 1228 posts, RR: 14
Reply 14, posted (3 years 11 months 1 week 3 hours ago) and read 7446 times:

SAS DC-10-30 LN-RKB that overran runway 04R at JFK was repaired and went to FedEx as N311FE


747-400/747-200/L1011/DC-10/DC-9/DC-8/MD-80/MD90/A340/A330/A300/A310/A321/A320/A319/767/757/737/727/HS-121/CV990/CV440/S
User currently offline26point2 From United States of America, joined Mar 2010, 856 posts, RR: 0
Reply 15, posted (3 years 11 months 1 week 2 hours ago) and read 7386 times:

I love this thread....

Perhaps not as famous, but....."Little Orange", the all orange Braniff 747SP N606BN, still out there and occasionally shows up at KSJC. Now owned by Fry's Electronics. Based in Sacramento, CA.


User currently offlineCargolex From United States of America, joined Apr 2010, 1278 posts, RR: 8
Reply 16, posted (3 years 11 months 1 week 2 hours ago) and read 7362 times:

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N914DL is still flying as well, which is the one that crash-landed at LGA.

I personally witnessed this crash from a window seat on a CO 737-500 that landed moments before and was taxiing to the gate, it freaked the crap out of me and I couldn't fly comfortably for years afterward (it didn't help that the area was experiencing a tropical storm that day and the flight I was on was very rough). I was shooting photos at LGA a couple of weeks ago and when I was done, I immediately checked to see if I had gotten N914DL, since I captured several DL MD-80s that day. No such luck. Since regaining my confidence about flying and discovering A.net, I've been wondering if and when I'll see N914DL again.

[Edited 2011-01-22 13:33:03]

User currently offlinelevg79 From United States of America, joined Sep 2003, 995 posts, RR: 0
Reply 17, posted (3 years 11 months 6 days 20 hours ago) and read 7102 times:

Let's not forget N736PA - The aircraft which performed the first passenger flight of a B747. This happened to be the same aircraft involved in the deadliest runway collision in Tenerife in 1977.

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User currently offlineJQflightie From Australia, joined Mar 2009, 1010 posts, RR: 1
Reply 18, posted (3 years 11 months 6 days 17 hours ago) and read 6926 times:

QF1 SYD-BKK-LHR, 23rd September 1999, a B744, that slid off the end of the runway in BKK and into a golf course is still alive and well VH-OJH http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Qantas_Flight_1

QF72 SIN-PER, 7th October 2008, a A333, that had a uncommanded pitch down, is atill alive and well VH-QPA
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Qantas_Flight_72

QF30 LHR-HKG-MEL, 25th July 2008, a B744, that had a sudden decompression due to a hole in the fuselage is now sitting in VCV, VH-OJK
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Qantas_Flight_30

A QF flight in 1971 was subjected to a Bomb Hoax and the Famous 'Mr. Brown' phone call in an attempt to get $500000 from QF, i have no info on the rego of this B707  http://australiancrimes.com/crimes/doomsdayflightbombhoax.html



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User currently offlineKL5147 From Netherlands, joined Aug 2005, 338 posts, RR: 0
Reply 19, posted (3 years 10 months 3 weeks 3 days 4 hours ago) and read 6221 times:

A bit of topic, but also famous

This aircraft is the one that appears near the beginning of the movie "Titanic" as it brings 'old' Rose to the research ship Keldysh, searching for the blue diamond called The Heart of the Ocean. There are a couple of shots of this chopper landing on the Keldysch helipad and in one the registration is clearly visible.
The colours leaves no doubt about it's former owener. It's ex KLM helikopters (PH-NZI c/n 61762 )

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