Boeing747girl From United States of America, joined Jun 2013, 6 posts, RR: 0 Posted (8 months 3 weeks 2 days 21 hours ago) and read 2406 times:
Hello A.Nutters! Although I am a BRAND new member (as of the last 5 minutes) I have been following this forum for years! Forgive me if this has been discussed before, but, does anyone know anything about this bird sitting out in front of the ABQ Sunport? Engines and APU have been removed but I can't imagine she will be scrapped there! Also, same question about a 727-100 baking under the sun at DIA? (Where I just came from). Thanks so much and happy to finally have taken the plunge and posted! Couldn't be more exited.
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As with other FedEx community service programs, there are numerous success stories resulting from this donation.
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UltimateDelta From United States of America, joined Sep 2007, 2055 posts, RR: 6
Reply 6, posted (8 months 3 weeks 2 days 8 hours ago) and read 1851 times:
I'd been wondering about the -100 at DEN since my last trip out there as well, and all the information I could find pointed to it being used by the fire department as a trainer, along with the -200 alongside it.
HPRamper From United States of America, joined May 2005, 3945 posts, RR: 8
Reply 10, posted (8 months 3 weeks 3 hours ago) and read 1244 times:
Quoting glbltrvlr (Reply 7): Strange that it hasn't been painted yet. That's usually one of the conditions of the gift.
Interesting, as I don't believe I've come across a repainted one yet. Here at BIL they did not state any intention of repainting it. I would think FX would like them to stay in their colors as a reminder of where they came from.
glbltrvlr From United States of America, joined Oct 2007, 613 posts, RR: 0
Reply 11, posted (8 months 2 weeks 6 days 22 hours ago) and read 1184 times:
Quoting HPRamper (Reply 10): Interesting, as I don't believe I've come across a repainted one yet. Here at BIL they did not state any intention of repainting it. I would think FX would like them to stay in their colors as a reminder of where they came from.
There's an A&P school just outside MIA that has a retired DC-9 they use for maintenance training. ABQ has had a retired BA 747 on the field next to the Eclipse hanger for a number of years that at one time was being used for aging wiring studies. Both had their company logos removed or were completely painted. Airlines don't like old liveries on display, especially when the aircraft is not going to be maintained in flightworthy status. Joe Public is not likely to realize that the aircraft is being used for other purposes and will project the condition of that aircraft to the real fleet.