Matt D From United States of America, joined Nov 1999, 9502 posts, RR: 45 Posted (15 years 1 week 6 days 17 hours ago) and read 918 times:
It's an extremely frustrating mystery to me. The answer to which has eluded me for the better part of a decade. And that is why so many of you get all teary eyed and melancholy at the sight of an old airliner being broken up for parts, beer cans, or used for fire drill training. What internal force drives some of you to personify these machines as though seeing one being cut up is akin to losing a family member? They are only machines! Yes I know all about the history with the DC-8, 707, 747 and so on. But do we have to "preserve" every one? Why not just keep two of e`ch? One on display and one in flying condition? If we were to try and save every last remaining 707, DC-8, DC-9, 747, and so on. And then 20 years from now, y'all will be bemoaning the slow death of the MD-80, A320, A330, 757 and 767....exactly where are all of these planes going to go? Where is the money to maintain and restore them going to come from? The list goes on and on.....More importantly.....why oh why must we endure the heart wrenching eulogy every time N123XX meets the scrap mans torch?
Now don't misunderstand me. I love airliners here as much as the next person does, but what I feel separates me from so many of you is that I recognize them for what they are: machines...they have no feelings...no emotions...and so on. Also, while I have absolutely no objection to having a 707 or two preserved, it is not practical, or feasible to try and rescue every last one like baby kittens from the local pound. I take flights for fun...not flights of fancy.
UK FLY From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 2, posted (15 years 1 week 6 days 16 hours ago) and read 830 times:
OK then Teahan,
I agree with Matt D, Ok I would love to go to mojave or one of these deserts that have 100's of old planes, not to cry over them but to just see them,
Airplanes are just machines, they do not come alive when you install the seats.
Tanguy From Australia, joined Sep 1999, 154 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (15 years 1 week 6 days 14 hours ago) and read 816 times:
Thankfully many airliners have been preserved around the world, some better than others. A few have slipped into oblivion forever and that fact hopefully will inspire others such as Matt D and Teahan to in their own ways work towards the preservation of aircraft for future generations to see and enjoy.
I have been extremely fortunate in my life to have travelled and visited a great number of aero museums and in this way seen and wandered onboard airliner types which have long left the airways. It is a huge thrill and indeed privilege to have done so and a credit to all those with a sense of history who had the vision to preserve the planes in the first place. May the future see the same enthusiasm and dedication.