Justplanesmart From United States of America, joined Mar 2001, 730 posts, RR: 2
Reply 2, posted (13 years 10 months 12 hours ago) and read 2857 times:
The newer tail cone on the MD-80 does not necessarily mean that it is a newer plane, as it could have been a replacement for the original. I believe that Alaska refitted all their MD-80's with the flattened cone, including all those from Jet America.
Sccutler From United States of America, joined Jan 2000, 5930 posts, RR: 26
Reply 4, posted (13 years 10 months 3 hours ago) and read 2757 times:
...jets are sent to the desert because (1) there is plenty of relatively inexpensive space for parking, and [more importantly] (2) Because the desert environment is least harsh on aircraft while parked. Granted, it gets very hot, but (more importantly) it is very dry, which means there will be less corrosion, etc.
Note also that the aircraft have had substantial measures (well-covered windows, tight caps over engines, etc.) taken to protect them from the elements pending potential next use. It's when you see a plane parked, with no covers and no apparent efforts at preservation, that you need to sound the death knell. The first and best clue that a plane's bound for Budweiser duty is the immediate removal of all engines, avionics and the APU.
The desert storage facilities take measures to preserve the operational capabilities of aircraft stored (as directed by the stored aircraft's owners).
Many of these aircraft with meaningful economic life left in them may well fly again. Let us hope it will be sooner, rather than later.
...three miles from BRONS, clear for the ILS one five approach...
CX747 From United States of America, joined May 1999, 4499 posts, RR: 5
Reply 5, posted (13 years 10 months 3 hours ago) and read 2727 times:
I would certainly hoped that these aircraft do get a "second" chance to contribute to an airlines bottom line. I wouldn't expect them to rejoin their previous airline though. CO is in the process of reducing their MD-80 fleet as the new workhorse 737-700/800/900s arrive.
"History does not long entrust the care of freedom to the weak or timid." D. Eisenhower
United_Fan From United States of America, joined Nov 2000, 7628 posts, RR: 6
Reply 7, posted (13 years 9 months 4 weeks 16 hours ago) and read 2606 times:
I was at Mojave last Sunday and the road that goes down near these planes is CLOSED! It wasn't in Sep when I was there - wonder why? I wanted to get a pic of those Ex-TrumpShuttle/USAirways Shuttle 727's that were being scrapped