Ariis From Poland, joined Sep 2004, 433 posts, RR: 1 Posted (8 years 10 months 2 weeks 6 days 10 hours ago) and read 5582 times:
this post may sound odd or childish, but I am pretty serious . I have considered posting this in Aviation Hobby, but I thought I would get absolutely no feedback there. This will be addressed rather to maintenance personnel and/or factory workers.
To put it straight, I am interested in possessing a part of a modern airliner.
I mean part, a piece, will it be a couple of bolts, nuts, screws, screw caps, antenna, fanblade, I would take anything, as long as it belongs to 73G, 744, 757, 767, 777, 32X, 330, 340, 380 airframe or engine structure (limited to A or B, I consider these airliners modern). Since getting brand new parts or bigger parts is obviously unrealistic, I am looking for someone that could perhaps help me getting used ones (e.g. parts replaced with new ones, not needed any more; of course, brand new parts are most welcome).
Is it possible? Do you guys account for every bolt or screw? I would be happy to cover any expense this would involve (but to some extent of course; if I were rich I would go and buy the whole airframe ).
Thanks in advance for your help
P.S.: Just in case: I am not asking you to steal something for me or what. Only if there is anything that is about to be wasted, perhaps I could benefit.
P.S.2: I know that this belongs rather to Aviation Hobby. If moderators decide to move this thread there, so be it.
I've dealt with "Nick" who runs that organization. He's a good guy, and flew with UA as a pilot for many years. If you want a unique item from a real aircraft, this is the way I'd recommend going about it, as you'll be able to get something substantial that isn't normally thrown away, like a control wheel. I know he has a 727 flap track fairing he's been dying to get rid of. That would make quite the conversation piece.
You can also try ebay as there are tons of stuff on there also.
True, but they what they show on the website is just a sampling of their stock. You need to write him and ask about something specific, and he'll let you know what they have on hand at the moment and what the price is.
RoseFlyer From United States of America, joined Feb 2004, 10300 posts, RR: 52
Reply 7, posted (8 years 10 months 2 weeks 5 days 16 hours ago) and read 5418 times:
Well I've had lots of things at my desk at work that are scrap parts from production. I have all sorts of little things like pumps, wires and whatnot. In reality though you can't tell what went on what. A gear could go in anything from a 747 to a F-16 or a lawn mower. Unfortunately I can't take anything away from work since they don't allow it after it was found that a scrap IDG (integrated drive generator which provides the electrical power for a plane) somehow made its way onto a plane in service in South America. This was only uncovered when the customer wanted it overhauled and there was no record of the part. Someone got in trouble for pawning off some scrap parts that are worth a lot of money.
If you have never designed an airplane part before, let the real designers do the work!