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How Do You Feel When An Airplane Is Retired?  
User currently offlineJhooper From United States of America, joined Dec 2001, 6204 posts, RR: 12
Posted (12 years 8 months 3 weeks 5 days 11 hours ago) and read 2377 times:


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How do you feel when you see this picture? Do you think "too bad, that airplane has many years of life left in it" or do you think "this airplane gave us many years of reliable service without major problems but is ready to meet its maker?" Reflect... Reflect...


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User currently offlineBkkair From Thailand, joined Aug 2001, 409 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (12 years 8 months 3 weeks 5 days 11 hours ago) and read 2358 times:

Went to Mojave, California several times. Nothing can compare to the feeling of walking around those aircraft. Seeing planes that haven't moved in years. Airlines that are no longer with us. The memories. The history. Very eerie. Very sad.

User currently offlineRadarbeam From Canada, joined Mar 2002, 1310 posts, RR: 4
Reply 2, posted (12 years 8 months 3 weeks 5 days 11 hours ago) and read 2354 times:

I think it's always sad to see old compagnions go. I don't like not seeing any AC DC-9 anymore.

User currently offlineSabena 690 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 3, posted (12 years 8 months 3 weeks 5 days 7 hours ago) and read 2323 times:

I feel very sad when I see pictures and aircrafts like that  Crying

Frederic


User currently offlineVapourTrails From Australia, joined Aug 2001, 1297 posts, RR: 1
Reply 4, posted (12 years 8 months 3 weeks 5 days 7 hours ago) and read 2326 times:
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I would love to go to one of those places, like Evergreen Air Center in the Arizona desert. Btw I don't know if there are any in Oz? - we sure have enough room and desert for them!

Back to the question.. or do you think "this airplane gave us many years of reliable service without major problems but is ready to meet its maker? yes, I imagine these would be my thoughts. I hope I would never see a Concorde at one of those places though.  Sad

I like it when aircraft are turned into coffee shops, or aviation exhibitions in museums like this 727!

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Bkkair, yes it would be eerie in those places, and it would be so silent too.

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User currently offlineHeavymetal From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 5, posted (12 years 8 months 3 weeks 5 days 1 hour ago) and read 2298 times:

Why feel sad?

Every gutted airliner hulk is a tribute to the best mankind has to offer:

-The ingenuity to build it in the first place, and build it well enough where it can last for decades.

-The professionalism of every aircrew who ever flew her...three, four, five times a day for twenty, thirty, forty years...these aircraft cheated gravity and engaged safely in what is an essentially chaotic endeavour....flight. And the people up front in charge always got her home again. Safe & sound.

-Have you ever met someone you love at the airport? Had a big hug? Felt very happy to be home? Think of the millions of warm feelings these aircraft were responsible for. How many families did they take on holiday? How many business deals did they take people to? How many job interviews? How many college kids to spring break?  Wink/being sarcastic

No, I don't feel sadness. These machines performed well, did their noble job, and made way for new ones.

All GOOD things....must come to an end.


User currently offline757man From United Kingdom, joined Feb 2001, 370 posts, RR: 1
Reply 6, posted (12 years 8 months 3 weeks 5 days ago) and read 2292 times:

I agree with Heavymetal - But I will say one thing though. It is sad to see so many L-1011's being stored and dismantled. This is one aircraft that could have gone on flying for several more years - Many L-1011's were retired well before their time was truly up.

User currently offlineUAL1837 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 7, posted (12 years 8 months 3 weeks 5 days ago) and read 2289 times:

I actually had a lump in my throat when United retired the DC10 from its fleet last February.

It's now been one year.

God speed.


User currently offlineIlyushin96M From United States of America, joined Sep 1999, 2609 posts, RR: 12
Reply 8, posted (12 years 8 months 3 weeks 4 days 23 hours ago) and read 2280 times:

I feel sad when an entire jetliner series is retired...I think of how many times I flew in them, like the Boeing 727, which carried me on so many flights to see my grandparents when I was a kid, or the L1011, which carried me back on a short flight from Phoenix to San Diego in December of 1982, after my maternal grandmother's funeral.

We will one day look back on great airliners such as the 777, 747, A340 and Concorde as great classics we once flew in.


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