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How Does One Scrap A Classic 747?  
User currently offlineMirrodie From United States of America, joined Apr 2000, 7444 posts, RR: 62
Posted (7 years 4 months 2 days 2 hours ago) and read 9875 times:
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I was very intrigued by this photo. It was once a very nice livery to see. I see its now ready to be scrapped. Wondering why it had to be stripped of its paint. Yet the paint was left alone on the doors.


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User currently offlineFredT From United Kingdom, joined Feb 2002, 2185 posts, RR: 26
Reply 1, posted (7 years 4 months 2 days 2 hours ago) and read 9875 times:

Airlines usually do not want their liveries displayed in scrap yards, crash sites, parkings for unused aircraft and so on. PR and image issues, perceived, feared or real.

I do not know if having sold the aircraft is a factor or not, but I guess it could become a trade mark issue if they let even a scrap company keep the aircraft painted in their livery?

Cheers,
/Fred



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User currently offlineVC-10 From United Kingdom, joined Oct 1999, 3708 posts, RR: 34
Reply 2, posted (7 years 4 months 2 days 1 hour ago) and read 9864 times:
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Normally, fly it to an obscure airfield, remove anything of value from it, paint out the name anf attack it with a mechanical digger

User currently offlineXjramper From United States of America, joined Dec 2003, 2473 posts, RR: 51
Reply 3, posted (7 years 4 months 2 days 1 hour ago) and read 9857 times:

Quoting Mirrodie (Thread starter):
How Does One Scrap A Classic 747?

With a lot of tears and regret.

XJR



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User currently offlineJGPH1A From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 4, posted (7 years 4 months 1 day 23 hours ago) and read 9819 times:

Like this...?



User currently offlineDougloid From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 5, posted (7 years 4 months 1 day 21 hours ago) and read 9784 times:

If you watch Discovery Channel they've got a series called Boneyards in which they actually have film of 747s being disassembled in a scrapyard.

User currently offlineEMBQA From United States of America, joined Oct 2003, 9364 posts, RR: 11
Reply 6, posted (7 years 4 months 1 day 20 hours ago) and read 9755 times:

Drain useful fuel....
Remove useful parts....
Start cutting the big pieces into small pieces....
Turn on big furnace....
Put now small pieces into furnace...
Wait for small pieces to melt.....
Drain melted aluminum and make ingots....
Sell ingots.....



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User currently offlineViscount724 From Switzerland, joined Oct 2006, 25978 posts, RR: 22
Reply 7, posted (7 years 4 months 1 day 14 hours ago) and read 9688 times:

Quoting EMBQA (Reply 6):
Put now small pieces into furnace...
Wait for small pieces to melt.....
Drain melted aluminum and make ingots....
Sell ingots.....

Or instead of melting it down, do this with it:
http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/americas/4926216.stm


User currently offlineStealthZ From Australia, joined Feb 2005, 5743 posts, RR: 44
Reply 8, posted (7 years 4 months 1 day 13 hours ago) and read 9678 times:
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Quoting Mirrodie (Thread starter):
Yet the paint was left alone on the doors.

Not an expert but as the doors are one of the more saleable parts of a scrapped (parted out) airliner the less work ie paint stripping required the more saleable they are, just my thoughts.

Cheers



If your camera sends text messages, that could explain why your photos are rubbish!
User currently onlineGr8Circle From Canada, joined Dec 2005, 3130 posts, RR: 4
Reply 9, posted (7 years 4 months 20 hours ago) and read 9495 times:

Quoting Viscount724 (Reply 7):
Or instead of melting it down, do this with it:
http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/ame...6.stm

Wow! Is this lady an a.netter...?  wideeyed 


User currently offlinePlymSpotter From Spain, joined Jun 2004, 11701 posts, RR: 60
Reply 10, posted (7 years 4 months 18 hours ago) and read 9427 times:

Quoting Viscount724 (Reply 7):
Or instead of melting it down, do this with it:
http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/ame...6.stm

Oh my - I hope they have good foundations - otherwise come a major storm they could find their house literally taking off!


Dan Smile



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User currently offlineMhodgson From United Kingdom, joined Dec 2002, 5047 posts, RR: 25
Reply 11, posted (7 years 4 months 17 hours ago) and read 9422 times:

They have just been scrapping a former testbed 747-200 here at GYR. They have been parting it out for months, and then suddenly took a large set of hydraulic jaws to it. Within a couple of days the only part was the top deck lying on the floor, and that was gone within a few more hours work. They managed to fill a fair few scrap containers with it!


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User currently offlineCancidas From Poland, joined Jul 2003, 4112 posts, RR: 11
Reply 12, posted (7 years 4 months 10 hours ago) and read 9375 times:

didn't someone built a home out of a 727? i read an article on it in airliners magazine a few years ago, never saw any update on the project though.


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User currently offlineLaminarFlow From Canada, joined Aug 2007, 72 posts, RR: 0
Reply 13, posted (7 years 4 months 10 hours ago) and read 9371 times:

Quoting Cancidas (Reply 12):
didn't someone built a home out of a 727?

http://www.airplanehome.com/


User currently offlineAauzou From Australia, joined Jun 2007, 28 posts, RR: 0
Reply 14, posted (7 years 3 months 4 weeks 5 hours ago) and read 9060 times:

Quoting Xjramper (Reply 3):
Quoting Mirrodie (Thread starter):
How Does One Scrap A Classic 747?

With a lot of tears and regret.

XJR

I agree 100% why would you want to get rid of something of such beauty?

Regards
760611


User currently offlineMD11Engineer From Germany, joined Oct 2003, 14137 posts, RR: 62
Reply 15, posted (7 years 3 months 4 weeks 3 hours ago) and read 9036 times:

My previous company scrapped two LH 747-200 Combi a few years ago at HHN. LH gave us a long list of parts to be removed for further use. The parts not to be used again had to be physically destroyed, e.g. some of the mechanics spend days cutting wire looms to pieces and breaking cannon plugs with hammers. Also the galleys were removed and then smashed with sledge hammers, so that plastics and metal could be seperated as per German enviromental regulations. Finally the empty plane was pulled out off the hangar just on the nose and wing gears (the body gears had been removed before) It was jacked up out on the ramp and the remaining landing gears were removed, before the plane was set down on stacked railway sleepers.
Finally the bare fuselage and wings were cut to pieces using angle grinders, cutting torches and a big backhoe.

Jan


User currently offlineAviopic From Netherlands, joined Mar 2004, 2681 posts, RR: 41
Reply 16, posted (7 years 3 months 4 weeks 2 hours ago) and read 9024 times:

There are of course other ways to scrap a classic 74  Wink
http://www.airliners.net/search/phot...PH-BUK+story&album_creator=Aviopic



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User currently offlineSBBRTech From Brazil, joined Jul 2007, 722 posts, RR: 0
Reply 17, posted (7 years 3 months 3 weeks 6 days 3 hours ago) and read 8918 times:

Quoting Viscount724 (Reply 7):
Or instead of melting it down, do this with it:
http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/ame...6.stm

Now is that a cool house or what?



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User currently offlineSBBRTech From Brazil, joined Jul 2007, 722 posts, RR: 0
Reply 18, posted (7 years 3 months 3 weeks 6 days 3 hours ago) and read 8911 times:

Quoting MD11Engineer (Reply 15):
Finally the empty plane was pulled out off the hangar just on the nose and wing gears (the body gears had been removed before) It was jacked up out on the ramp and the remaining landing gears were removed, before the plane was set down on stacked railway sleepers.
Finally the bare fuselage and wings were cut to pieces using angle grinders, cutting torches and a big backhoe.

MD11 i almost cried reading your post, it´s like the description of an assassination.. Big grin

Here at SBBR we got this once shiny MD-11 from RG (PP-VQG) sitting on taxiway tango´s tarmac since it broke down its central gear during landing more than a year ago...i wonder if they are ever going to fix it or send it to the scrapyard...



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User currently offline747400sp From United States of America, joined Aug 2003, 3757 posts, RR: 2
Reply 19, posted (7 years 3 months 3 weeks 5 days 10 hours ago) and read 8791 times:

Nalanij Dreaming is being strapped, how sad, I really liked that 747.  Sad

User currently offlineHAWK21M From India, joined Jan 2001, 31702 posts, RR: 56
Reply 20, posted (7 years 3 months 3 weeks 4 days 5 hours ago) and read 8641 times:

Carried out in one stretch.How long would the scrapping process take for a B747......Would a month be a good answer.
regds
MEL



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User currently offlineMirrodie From United States of America, joined Apr 2000, 7444 posts, RR: 62
Reply 21, posted (7 years 3 months 3 weeks 3 days 12 hours ago) and read 8537 times:
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Quoting Viscount724 (Reply 7):
Or instead of melting it down, do this with it:
http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/ame...6.stm



Quoting Gr8Circle (Reply 9):
Quoting Viscount724 (Reply 7):
Or instead of melting it down, do this with it:
http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/ame...6.stm

Wow! Is this lady an a.netter...?



Quoting Viscount724 (Reply 7):
Or instead of melting it down, do this with it:
http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/ame...6.stm

That lady and the house were on ....Maybe that BONEYARD show? I think it as the Discovery Channel last week. Good show, she wanted to build a house up on the cliff and it was the architect's idea to so with the wings as part of the design.



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User currently offlineCON207 From United Kingdom, joined Dec 2003, 292 posts, RR: 11
Reply 22, posted (7 years 3 months 3 weeks 19 hours ago) and read 8274 times:

I remember a programme on one of the cable channels over here in the UK called " Scrapping Aircraft Giants". The machinery used, quickly makes short work of whats left of the aircraft. I was intrigued to know just what goes on when it comes to actually scrapping large aircraft.All the labeling of parts that can still be used is mind boggeling. The guys that do the actual breaking up of the fuselage admitted that they actually enjoy smashing the aircraft to bits.
As sad as it is to see an aircraft meeting its final end , all aircraft have a life span , so someone out there has to do the job.wether it be from a small Cessna, to a 747.

Sue



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