Lekky-Man From United Kingdom, joined Feb 2002, 371 posts, RR: 0 Posted (13 years 3 months 4 hours ago) and read 2608 times:
I was just reading a post on the good old DC-8, and someone had said there is one stored at some museum somewhere (not surprising), and a thought occured to me.
In the future (and for some a/c right now), are we going to be able to fly these great old airplanes for nostalgic reasons even though they might be too noisey or smokey?
We are quite able to fly the old props, noisey as they are, so why not old jets?
It would be absolutely fantastic to see old DC-8's, B.707's, CV-990's, L.1011's, even old B.741/2's being flown by people who love these old timers!!
What do you guys think?
CV990 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 2, posted (13 years 3 months 3 hours ago) and read 2542 times:
I think the complexity of flying these old airlines is so big that I really doubt it! Don't forget that these old jets need much more care than a DC-3 or a DC-4 or even a L1049G Super Constellation, and that I believe is one of the most complex piston airliners that exists.
David_itl From United Kingdom, joined Jun 2001, 7622 posts, RR: 13
Reply 3, posted (13 years 3 months 3 hours ago) and read 2521 times:
Can't say that the old-timers are more noisy than the current military jets that perform at airshows! Saw my first Connie at the WFD Air Show in 1998...hopefully I'll see another in the air in this part of the world.
757man From United Kingdom, joined Feb 2001, 370 posts, RR: 1
Reply 4, posted (13 years 3 months 2 hours ago) and read 2505 times:
I'd love to see a Trident up and running. I know the preservation society have an 'airworthy' H.S. 121 down at LHR, hopefully it will fly again one day.
Quite often I'll look at Trident photographs on A.net, wishing I could have seen more of them. I became interested in civil aviation at a time when the majority of Tridents were meeting the scrapman. BA could have got a few more years out of the 3B variants - Some of these were scrapped well before they reached 20 years old.