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User currently offlineltbewr From United States of America, joined Jan 2004, 13200 posts, RR: 15
Posted (3 years 8 months 2 weeks 3 days ago) and read 29373 times:

I was looking at another website (about cars) I go to and noted a posting about a book on the Mediterranean. With this post was a picture of an abandoned commercial a/c, possibly a 727 or BAC-111 at a long closed airport in the divided Cyprus. I didn't find this a/c in the photo database here, although there are about 72 photos of abandoned, or formally abandoned aircraft, only about a third of them as to abandoned commercial aircraft, with most of them in places like Russia and countries in Africa. I am interested in those where the airport was closed down where the a/c was un-flyable, abandoned due to non-payment of fees or leases, abandoned purchases, political disputes (as apparently in the a/c I cited) and criminal seizures.

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User currently offlinemestrugo From Chile, joined Apr 2007, 237 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (3 years 8 months 2 weeks 3 days ago) and read 29314 times:

That's got to be the Trident abandoned at Nicosia airport. The airport has been on a UN-mandated 'buffer zone' since 1974. Nobody can get close to that zone except UN workers and authroized personnel. Hence why the plane is in such exceptional state even if it's been sitting there for 37 years.

User currently offlinetrintocan From United Kingdom, joined Apr 2000, 3257 posts, RR: 4
Reply 2, posted (3 years 8 months 2 weeks 3 days ago) and read 29300 times:

The airport you refer to is Nicosia Airport in Cyprus, which was forced to close as a result of the 1974 Turkish invasion. The stranded and now badly stripped plane that remained is a Cyprus Airways Hawker Siddeley Trident. Another one was destroyed at the time of invasion. The Cypriot Government soon developed Larnaca Airport afterwards. Nicosia Airport lies in the UN Buffer Zone between the Republic of Cyprus and the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus and has never reopened.

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User currently offlineRG787 From Brazil, joined Nov 2010, 135 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (3 years 8 months 2 weeks 2 days 23 hours ago) and read 29037 times:

There are quite some planes in those situations, in a recent thread here someone asked about two Iraq's government 747 (one -200 and one SP) "stored" somewhere in Africa due to the gulf war. It was also mentioned in that thread that some other aircrafts from Iraq were moved to other airports, some of them going to Iran and after years sitting on the airport were put back in the sky.

In Brazil there are also lots of ex-VASP aircrafts that are abandoned all over the country, due to high debts still on the justice. Also, when a airline closes or stop its operations, it's common for their aircrafts to be seised on various airports not only because of the non payment of fees of the airport but also any other debt the airline may have.

I'm sure there are lots of other examples, and probably a lot of people pass over those frames everyday and ask what they are doing there. Nice thread!


User currently offlineZKNCL From New Zealand, joined Oct 2010, 295 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (3 years 8 months 2 weeks 2 days 20 hours ago) and read 28568 times:

I also think that there are a few at the old CAN airport. I don't know, you should probably check find out.

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User currently offlinebrenintw From Taiwan, joined Jul 2006, 1723 posts, RR: 1
Reply 5, posted (3 years 8 months 2 weeks 2 days 19 hours ago) and read 28458 times:

There's an ancient Grand Air 737-200 that's been impounded by the authorities at TPE. It's sitting on one side of the airport next to the "domestic terminal" of the airport -- easily visible from the freeway.

I've noticed that it's had some parts removed recently ... but overall it's just quietly rotting away.

There's also an A300 (AB4) there -- not sure what the history of that aircraft is.



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User currently offlinenotaxonrotax From Ecuador, joined Mar 2011, 540 posts, RR: 1
Reply 6, posted (3 years 8 months 2 weeks 2 days 19 hours ago) and read 28376 times:
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What about the Fokker F-27 sitting in the high grass at CUE for yeaaaaars?

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User currently offlineHOONS90 From Canada, joined Aug 2001, 3078 posts, RR: 52
Reply 7, posted (3 years 8 months 2 weeks 2 days 19 hours ago) and read 28326 times:
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I believe these two aircraft are still at IC, which is well after the photo was taken.



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User currently offlineOzarkD9S From United States of America, joined Oct 2001, 5232 posts, RR: 21
Reply 8, posted (3 years 8 months 2 weeks 2 days 14 hours ago) and read 26319 times:

This Comet (literally) rotted at ORD for years:


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User currently offlinefalstaff From United States of America, joined Jun 2006, 6166 posts, RR: 29
Reply 9, posted (3 years 8 months 2 weeks 2 days 13 hours ago) and read 25028 times:
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Isn't there a DC-8 stuck at the airport that had lava flow over the runway?


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User currently offlineoly720man From United Kingdom, joined May 2004, 6845 posts, RR: 11
Reply 10, posted (3 years 8 months 2 weeks 2 days 13 hours ago) and read 24951 times:

Quoting falstaff (Reply 9):
Isn't there a DC-8 stuck at the airport that had lava flow over the runway?

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User currently offlinebeeweel15 From United States of America, joined Nov 2003, 1803 posts, RR: 0
Reply 11, posted (3 years 8 months 2 weeks 2 days 12 hours ago) and read 24067 times:

Dose anyone know the status of these two DC10's in Africa one at LOS and the other at ABJ


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User currently offlineotnysaslhr From Spain, joined May 2007, 131 posts, RR: 0
Reply 12, posted (3 years 8 months 2 weeks 2 days 11 hours ago) and read 23862 times:

Quoting OzarkD9S (Reply 8):
This Comet (literally) rotted at ORD for years:

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User currently offlineAviopic From Netherlands, joined Mar 2004, 2681 posts, RR: 41
Reply 13, posted (3 years 8 months 2 weeks 2 days 11 hours ago) and read 23829 times:

2 F.28's at Bamako Mali.


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User currently offlineBurkhard From Germany, joined Nov 2006, 4409 posts, RR: 2
Reply 14, posted (3 years 8 months 2 weeks 2 days 11 hours ago) and read 22896 times:

Are the two DC8-62 still in Oostende? I was there a few years ago and they looked in a nice shape.

User currently offlineBommerJan From UK - England, joined Dec 2005, 54 posts, RR: 0
Reply 15, posted (3 years 8 months 2 weeks 2 days 10 hours ago) and read 22628 times:

The 747 and 747 SP are "stored" in Tozeur, Tunisia.

There is a former Air Afrique DC8 impounded due to unpaid airport fees and now being used as a fire training aircraft

SHJ has a whole bunch, just look at it through Google Earth.


User currently offlineLVTMB From United States of America, joined Oct 2004, 393 posts, RR: 0
Reply 16, posted (3 years 8 months 2 weeks 2 days 9 hours ago) and read 21022 times:

On recent trips to Brazil I noticed several derelict airframes at GRU/SBGR, at BSB/SBBR and at some other location I don't remember right now. They are 737s, 727s and even 762s belonging to defunct airlines such as VASP, Trans-Brasil and the old Varig.

Also, in Mexico, at MTY/MMMY, there were some old Aviateca airframes. IIRC, there are some at MEX/MMMX as well.

I always find it sad to watch.


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User currently offline777way From Pakistan, joined Dec 2005, 6086 posts, RR: 4
Reply 17, posted (3 years 8 months 2 weeks 2 days 9 hours ago) and read 20936 times:

Quoting trintocan (Reply 2):

Turkey too developed an airport elsewhere for their part.


User currently offlinegoblin211 From United States of America, joined Jun 2010, 1209 posts, RR: 0
Reply 18, posted (3 years 8 months 2 weeks 2 days 7 hours ago) and read 18843 times:

What about the 747sp at the Top Gear track, for those of tyou who watch top gear.


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User currently offlinegarpd From UK - Scotland, joined Aug 2005, 2717 posts, RR: 4
Reply 19, posted (3 years 8 months 2 weeks 2 days 7 hours ago) and read 18431 times:

Quoting goblin211 (Reply 18):
What about the 747sp at the Top Gear track, for those of tyou who watch top gear.

That's not an SP. It's either a 200 or 100 model. I think the former.



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User currently offlineWingscrubber From UK - England, joined Sep 2001, 854 posts, RR: 0
Reply 20, posted (3 years 8 months 2 weeks 2 days 7 hours ago) and read 18385 times:

The Abandoned Trident At Nicosia. (by Cumulus Sep 24 2008 in Civil Aviation)

Don't forget this one, in the USA no less...


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User currently offlineAA777223 From United States of America, joined Feb 2006, 1259 posts, RR: 6
Reply 21, posted (3 years 8 months 2 weeks 2 days 6 hours ago) and read 18037 times:

Quoting goblin211 (Reply 18):
What about the 747sp at the Top Gear track, for those of tyou who watch top gear.
Quoting garpd (Reply 19):
That's not an SP. It's either a 200 or 100 model. I think the former.

I'm pretty sure it's a 200. It was the aircraft featured in Casino Royale.



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User currently offlinetolmachevo From Germany, joined Jun 2006, 113 posts, RR: 0
Reply 22, posted (3 years 8 months 2 weeks 2 days 6 hours ago) and read 17782 times:

At THF there are 3 aircraft... one is a VFW-614

User currently offlinefalstaff From United States of America, joined Jun 2006, 6166 posts, RR: 29
Reply 23, posted (3 years 8 months 2 weeks 2 days 6 hours ago) and read 16962 times:
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Quoting Wingscrubber (Reply 20):
Don't forget this one, in the USA no less

Is it still there? I thought they flew it out. If it is still in Michigan how visiable is it from the public area? I would love to drive there and see it.



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User currently offlineViscount724 From Switzerland, joined Oct 2006, 26005 posts, RR: 22
Reply 24, posted (3 years 8 months 2 weeks 2 days 5 hours ago) and read 16499 times:

Quoting AA777223 (Reply 21):
Quoting goblin211 (Reply 18):
What about the 747sp at the Top Gear track, for those of tyou who watch top gear.
Quoting garpd (Reply 19):
That's not an SP. It's either a 200 or 100 model. I think the former.

I'm pretty sure it's a 200. It was the aircraft featured in Casino Royale.

It began life in 1980 as G-BDXJ with BA. Then operated with a couple of charter carriers after BA retired it in 2002.


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25 United_fan : There is also a DC-10-30 in the weeds somewhere in Georgia (US).
26 trintocan : Yes, that is Ercan Airport. Due to lack of international recognition of the TRNC there are only nonstop flights from there to Turkey and occasionally
27 n471wn : Does anyone know exactly where?
28 UltimateDelta : I wanna say MCN (Macon), but I'm not certain. I think it's a former Omni Air aircraft.
29 willd : And having stood underneath the thing can testify that it is nowhere near being in an "abandoned" state. In fact she is in very good nick and is mark
30 GUYAIR707 : The government of Guyana had bought three Soviet built Mil Mi 8 helicopters in the late 80's and for many years they were abandoned at GEO because of
31 Post contains images BuyantUkhaa : For many, many years a B707 from the govt. of Zaire was rotting away at LIS, until finally scrapped in Sept. 2006. They even parked it on its dedicate
32 LVTMB : Would you happen to know the serial? I saw it from the terminal when I was there last year. MB
33 Post contains links and images trintocan : Here's a recent picture. View Large View MediumPhoto © Gerard A Mark Trintocan.
34 rwy04lga : Any info on the former CSA IL-62 seen with 'Super VC-10' titles at Laurinburg, North Carolina?
35 Post contains links and images YVRLTN : A few from BC... Theres a former Norcanair FH227 at YLW along with various Convair's and Metroliners. The 727's seem to have gone last time I was ther
36 deltamd88 : Correct me if I am wrong, but I thought there was an ex EA 727 sitting at HGR for several years, not sure if it is still there. I used to drive past t
37 LVTMB : Thanks! Santo Domingo (SDQ/MDSD) also had its share of abandoned airliners. There are a few that have been there for ever - a 720, maybe a 727 and a
38 maxpower1954 : Scrapped a few years ago, along with the Air France 707-320 and International Airways DC-8-33.
39 scouseflyer : It also popped up in that absurd sequence in Spooks when on a single plane journey they rode a A320, 737, 747 and DC9! Can't see her ever flyinh agai
40 Flyingsottsman : There is an old Ansett Foker 100 parked down near 27 at MEL you can see it from the Freeway comming from Sunbury, I think its been used for fire train
41 falstaff : There are several ex Zantop L188 Electras at YIP. I don't think they are actualy abnadoned.
42 4holer : Is that "flying hospital" L-1011 still sitting down in Tucson?
43 JQflightie : Yes, your right! it was from a mercury spill!
44 United_fan : Anything new in Maxton? I'd love to go back if I could get some descent pics. Any idea who could contact about getting in again?
45 Post contains links and images United_fan : He's a good one,too! View Large View MediumPhoto © Michael FabryView Large View MediumPhoto © Michael Fabry
46 Post contains images Aviopic : Are you sure it isn't a F.28 ? Can't remember Ansett has ever operated F100's. Think you are talking about this F.28 mk.4000
47 n471wn : Easy access to take some great pictures----just use the back roads
48 United_fan : I was able to get in back in '99 and walk around as long as I didn't take anything.
49 Post contains links and images N14AZ : Eventually one of those stored aircrafts fits to your criteria – photo taken about 5 months ago in Triploi, Libya I love abandoned aircrafts - for
50 United_fan : Great pics,N14AZ. Amazes me how something that cost multiple millions of $ is now thrown away like garbage.
51 litz : Yeah, it can be quite eye opening ... In the railroad world, a new locomotive costs about 1.2 million dollars. There is a known case of a pair of ret
52 Post contains links and images United_fan : Here's some more; View Large View MediumPhoto © Stuart Haigh - topjetpixView Large View MediumPhoto © Leon VercruijsseView Large View MediumPhoto ©
53 falstaff : I take cars to the scrap yard often. Just last Friday I took an abused and rusted out 1999 Ford Taurus to the scrap yard and got $424 for her steel.
54 United_fan : Steel sure has gone up from the late 80's when I worked at the 'family' towing company. I think we were lucky to get a penny a pound for cars. I reme
55 milesrich : Some might think what Dick Drost wanted to do with that Comet 4C and another one was pretty appalling too. As I remember it revolved around a nudist
56 falstaff : Those were worth $1.24 a pound yesterday.
57 Post contains images Flyingsottsman : Yes you are right Aviopic it is a F28 my friend I was half right it was a Foker
58 Post contains links and images United_fan : Here's one from a few years ago; View Large View MediumPhoto © Ander Aguirre
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