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It's Official: I'm Looking For A Used B747  
User currently offlinenicoj From UK - England, joined Dec 2008, 4 posts, RR: 0
Posted (1 year 7 months 3 weeks 1 day 18 hours ago) and read 10085 times:

Hi everyone,

I wrote a message here in the forum a while back, in regards to how much it would cost to acquire a used B747. Quite a lot of you replied my thread; so thank you very much for that!

I wasn't that keen on disclosing too many details about the project, but now the project has got a go-ahead, so I've now got to find a B747.


Here's the mission:

- Find an old Boeing 747 passenger jet (preferably a -100 / -200 series; anything cheap really)

- This B747 is to be acquired by a European music festival (the people I work for), who want the jumbo to be a fixture on the festival grounds.

- The majority of the interior of the Jumbo will be converted into bar and concert space + much more.

- The Jumbo will have to have all engines in place for its final flight to the festival in Europe. (I'm thinking that the engines could be sold off after the last flight, as they have most value).



Who knows of an old and used B747 passenger jet somewhere in the world, which is for sale?



Thanks in advance.

Kind regards,
Nicholas

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User currently offlinejoost From Netherlands, joined Apr 2005, 3153 posts, RR: 4
Reply 1, posted (1 year 7 months 3 weeks 1 day 17 hours ago) and read 9795 times:

Wow, you sound very brave by even thinking about such a project.

The first thing that I thought of when reading this: you are apparently looking for an *airworthy* 747, but you will be using it only as a structure.

The value of an airworthy frame is considerably higher than just the metal scrap value. Not only engines can still be worth good money, but all kinds of components can still have considerable value. Think of all kinds of actuators, valves, pumps, compressors, avionics, etc, etc. And components that are pulled 'fresh' from an airworthy frame are worth even more.

Also, I don't know which country it is, but putting structure on a festival ground, that happened to be an airplane, can (legal-wise) be very different from putting an actual aircraft (as it is airworthy) on the ground. Also, scrapping the airframe from usable parts is very difficult without the right knowledge.

Without having numbers (as I never undertook such a project), I can well imagine that the costs of a already-dismantled airframe and the ground transport costs, can be much lower than buying an airworthy frame

I would try something completely different: approach an Aircraft Scrapping company. For example, there is one at Keble, which have been scrapping several Air France and Corsair 747s. They will know where to find written-off airframes, know how to part them out, have knowledge about ground transportation, etc. I think this is more viable than buying an airworthy frame.


User currently offlinekanban From United States of America, joined Jan 2008, 3212 posts, RR: 26
Reply 2, posted (1 year 7 months 3 weeks 1 day 15 hours ago) and read 9598 times:
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Another idea is check with local major airlines that may be surplussing one, for naming rights (keeping the name and colors) they might make a deal...

User currently offlinePGNCS From United States of America, joined Apr 2007, 2757 posts, RR: 45
Reply 3, posted (1 year 7 months 3 weeks 1 day 12 hours ago) and read 9407 times:

Where are you planning on flying into, and how are you planning on moving it to the festival grounds, or is there a suitable runway at the festival grounds? What is your budget?

There are a lot of vagaries that make addressing this as posted quite difficult. This will required much logistical and technical knowledge and planning; do you have anyone on staff or under contract with the requisite knowledge?

  


User currently offline2H4 From United States of America, joined Oct 2004, 8955 posts, RR: 60
Reply 4, posted (1 year 7 months 3 weeks 1 day 10 hours ago) and read 9277 times:
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http://www.globalplanesearch.com/jet...irliners/boeing/747.htm?sort=price


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User currently offlinehorstroad From Germany, joined Apr 2010, 226 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (1 year 7 months 3 weeks 1 day 10 hours ago) and read 9272 times:

LH is currently phasing out some of their 747-400...

User currently offlinecanoecarrier From United States of America, joined Feb 2004, 2828 posts, RR: 12
Reply 6, posted (1 year 7 months 3 weeks 1 day 8 hours ago) and read 9183 times:

Quoting nicoj (Thread starter):
- This B747 is to be acquired by a European music festival (the people I work for), who want the jumbo to be a fixture on the festival grounds.

Is your client/employer really willing to spend $2 million for an airworthy 747? It wasn't that long ago we had a thread about one that was going to be salvaged here in the US that sold for something like $150K US dollars.

Quoting joost (Reply 1):
I would try something completely different: approach an Aircraft Scrapping company. For example, there is one at Keble, which have been scrapping several Air France and Corsair 747s. They will know where to find written-off airframes, know how to part them out, have knowledge about ground transportation, etc. I think this is more viable than buying an airworthy frame.

I think this is good advice.



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User currently onlineB777LRF From Luxembourg, joined Nov 2008, 1208 posts, RR: 3
Reply 7, posted (1 year 7 months 3 weeks 22 hours ago) and read 8920 times:

So you come to an internet bulletin board full of aviation nerds to launch a project involving acquiring, and flying, a 747?

May I suggest, out of courtesy, that you should perhaps consider conducting your research with the help of professionals? I know it costs money, but at least that way you may have a chance of success. With your initial action in mind, however, I fear your endeavors may ultimately lead to an unfortunate end.



From receips and radials over straight pipes to big fans - been there, done that, got the hearing defects to prove
User currently offlinebond007 From United States of America, joined Mar 2005, 5343 posts, RR: 8
Reply 8, posted (1 year 7 months 3 weeks 18 hours ago) and read 8794 times:

There is no way I would let my 'European music festival' waste such ridiculous amounts of money on this idea, as much as you might love the concept. There is no way you could fly an airworthy 747, and then scrap it, and convert it to your needs, for less than many millions of dollars.... and end up with a hull worth very little, even if you did sell the engines etc. (a business you are not in, I presume).

The only cost-effective way of doing this, is to buy the scrapped 747 hull somewhere, and get it shipped .... still a poor economic idea in IMO ... the money could be much better spent elsewhere for the festival.


Jimbo



I'd rather be on the ground wishing I was in the air, than in the air wishing I was on the ground!
User currently offlineNWADC9 From United States of America, joined May 2004, 4892 posts, RR: 10
Reply 9, posted (1 year 7 months 3 weeks 13 hours ago) and read 8658 times:

If you buy an airworthy 747 to fly it in, don't forget the cost of crew, fuel, insurance, etc. And once you fly it in (to a large airport, not a grass strip), then what?


Flying an aeroplane with only a single propeller to keep you in the air. Can you imagine that? -Capt. Picard
User currently offlineHAWK21M From India, joined Jan 2001, 31573 posts, RR: 57
Reply 10, posted (1 year 7 months 3 weeks 13 hours ago) and read 8646 times:

Considering the planned use of the aircraft.no point spending on purchasing an airworthy unit & flying it to the venue,it would be cheaper still to procure a scrapped unit & transport it by road to the venue & erect the same there.


Think of the brighter side!
User currently offlineMD11Engineer From Germany, joined Oct 2003, 13801 posts, RR: 63
Reply 11, posted (1 year 7 months 3 weeks 13 hours ago) and read 8632 times:

The moment the aircraft bgets stricken off the registration roll and leaves the controlled maintenance programme all parts will cease to be aircraft spare parts and will jusdt become scrap metal.
Nobody will certify for aircraft parts if the aircraft has left the maintenance programme.
Also don´t forget that a lot of the aircraft will become hazardous waste, which is very expensive to get rid off legally.

Jan


User currently offlineDL_Mech From United States of America, joined Feb 2000, 1908 posts, RR: 9
Reply 12, posted (1 year 7 months 3 weeks 11 hours ago) and read 8593 times:

How about a music festival at Kemble? Problem solved!


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User currently offlinebueb0g From United Kingdom, joined Jul 2010, 623 posts, RR: 0
Reply 13, posted (1 year 7 months 3 weeks 10 hours ago) and read 8523 times:

Quoting nicoj (Thread starter):
anything cheap really

and

Quoting nicoj (Thread starter):
for its final flight to the festival in Europe

do not go together. Unless you are willing to spend $6 million + (to buy the plane, get it ready to fly including any mx work, insure it, fuel it, find a crew, fly it, transport it to the festival), you will, as everyone else has said, have to find a scrap frame and use that. This was the consensus on the last thread you posted too.

As has already been stated here aswell, once you've taken it, you won't be able to sell the components as spare parts. So you can forget flying it to Europe and selling the bits off that you don't need.

We're not just doing this for the lulz - there is nothing cheap about flying an airliner, even (and sometimes especially!) an old one.



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User currently offlineshufflemoomin From Denmark, joined Jun 2010, 467 posts, RR: 1
Reply 14, posted (1 year 7 months 2 weeks 6 days 12 hours ago) and read 8173 times:

What possible music festival anywhere in the world is going to spend millions upon millions, not to mention the ridiculous level of red tape to get this happen? I wasn't even aware that any music festival owned the grounds that it's held on instead of renting. Seriously, what festival is going to go through all this just to have an old airliner around that almost no one outside of this community would care about?

User currently offlineViscount724 From Switzerland, joined Oct 2006, 24080 posts, RR: 22
Reply 15, posted (1 year 7 months 2 weeks 6 days 11 hours ago) and read 8161 times:

Quoting NWADC9 (Reply 9):
If you buy an airworthy 747 to fly it in, don't forget the cost of crew, fuel, insurance, etc. And once you fly it in (to a large airport, not a grass strip), then what?

A retired Interflug IL-62 was flown into a grass field (not even a runway) in 1989 for display at an off-airport location somewhere in what was then East Germany. Two related videos.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?NR=1&v=sCZRwv_568Y&feature=endscreen
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3EP2fgosJ0A


User currently onlineBlueJuice From United States of America, joined Jun 2010, 233 posts, RR: 0
Reply 16, posted (1 year 7 months 2 weeks 6 days 11 hours ago) and read 8138 times:

Scrapping and conversion is not an overnight affair either. To recoup any costs, the usable parts will need to be properly dismantled and then recertified for resale. The frame will need to be drained of fuel and other fluids which need to be disposed of properly. Gutting the rest will yield tons and tons of assorted materials that need to be hauled away. This is all done at boneyards with lots of heavy equipment such as cranes. I can't imagine this being done away from a maintenance facility.

Not sure how close to festival grounds are to an airport that can support a 747 ferry flight but I am fairly certain you can't just taxi a 747 to it's final destination.

[Edited 2012-09-02 13:26:20]

User currently offlineflyingturtle From Switzerland, joined Oct 2011, 2049 posts, RR: 13
Reply 17, posted (1 year 7 months 2 weeks 6 days 11 hours ago) and read 8137 times:

Quoting DL_Mech (Reply 12):
How about a music festival at Kemble? Problem solved!

...and the Burning Man festival should be held at Davis-Monthan AFB... 



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User currently offline2H4 From United States of America, joined Oct 2004, 8955 posts, RR: 60
Reply 18, posted (1 year 7 months 2 weeks 6 days 11 hours ago) and read 8129 times:
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The cheapest way to get an airliner might be to form a not-for-profit organization and convince an operator to donate an old one to you for the tax write-off. It's not uncommon for airlines to donate old airframes to universities, museums, etc in this manner.


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User currently offlineFlighty From United States of America, joined Apr 2007, 8205 posts, RR: 3
Reply 19, posted (1 year 7 months 2 weeks 5 days 3 hours ago) and read 7669 times:

I dunno, the idea of a 747, music, and ridiculous drug taking sounds kind of neat.      

User currently offlineCosmicCruiser From United States of America, joined Feb 2005, 2254 posts, RR: 16
Reply 20, posted (1 year 7 months 2 weeks 4 days 5 hours ago) and read 7272 times:

I'm surprised you would come here looking for the answer. If you don't know where to go, I've got a bridge for sale, "cheap too just $50 dollars down, $50 dollars a week for 50 years" Cheech & Chong for Flighty

User currently offlinewingscrubber From UK - England, joined Sep 2001, 845 posts, RR: 0
Reply 21, posted (1 year 7 months 2 weeks 4 days 2 hours ago) and read 7204 times:

Sounds like a terrible business proposition to me, but here's a Jumbo for sale;

http://www.controller.com/listingsde...0/1986-BOEING-747-200/1241661.htm?

Some folks who have tried this sort of thing before have not been sucessful;
http://m.luxurylaunches.com/travel/b...DUTF-8%26hl%3Den%26client%3Dsafari

Others, look a little more promising;
http://www.toxel.com/inspiration/201...airplane-hotel-in-the-netherlands/

http://www.hotelopia.com/h/hotel-jum...y-airplane-hotel_stockholm_145658/

http://inhabitat.com/costa-rican-hotel-suite-takes-flight/

Ultimately though, airplanes are more than expensive enough when they're just being airplanes, making them into something else is more expensive still.

[Edited 2012-09-04 22:39:14]

[Edited 2012-09-04 22:45:21]


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User currently offlineDocLightning From United States of America, joined Nov 2005, 18704 posts, RR: 58
Reply 22, posted (1 year 7 months 2 weeks 3 days 14 hours ago) and read 7021 times:

If it's for a festival, perhaps it might be easier to charter a 747 freighter (empty main deck) for a few days?

User currently offlinebikerthai From United States of America, joined Apr 2010, 2011 posts, RR: 4
Reply 23, posted (1 year 7 months 2 weeks 3 days 14 hours ago) and read 6997 times:

Dang,

We have many nay sayer here.

If they can convert a 727 or a 747 to a hotel (room), you can get a 747 for your music festival.

But as some have said. Do not get a flight worthy one. Consider not getting the wings. But if you want the wings, they can be removed and re-assembled. Remember, this would not be a flight worthy frame.

Shipping by barge is perfectly acceptable.

If they are going to chop down hundreds of trees to get the shuttle to a Los Angeles Museum, you can get you 747 with wings off via truck to a music festival.

Remember also that their are splice joints on the airframe that will allow you to break the 747 in smaller sections and re-assemble them later. Remember that when re-assembling, you don't have to make it flight worthy.

Best place to start talking is at your local flight museum. They will have many airplane restorers who can help you with the details.

by



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User currently offlineshufflemoomin From Denmark, joined Jun 2010, 467 posts, RR: 1
Reply 24, posted (1 year 7 months 2 weeks 3 days 13 hours ago) and read 6981 times:

Quoting bikerthai (Reply 23):
We have many nay sayer here.

If they can convert a 727 or a 747 to a hotel (room), you can get a 747 for your music festival.

A hotel is a business and that aircraft is the main selling point and also the structure to house the business. You'll also find most are close to airports. You cannot even being to compare that to a music festival doing this as a side project just to add a little bit of interest. I don't believe for a second this proposition is real. I really don't. I don't see how a music festival would have this sort of financing available and as I said above, I doubt most, if any music festivals own their own ground. What would they do with it the rest of the year? How can anyone imagine a festival going to this level of expense and trouble for something so trivial?


25 Post contains images bond007 : ....and how many hundreds of thousands (or millions) of dollars do you think this might cost?? Nice comparison! Yes, it cost 14.2 million dollars ...
26 Post contains images bikerthai : The 727 I saw was on top of a cliff. They had to lift it up with a helicopter. Don't know if you can do that with a 747 section. As I recall, they ba
27 Post contains images readytotaxi : just a thought, if it is for a one off festival, could not a film studio set department make up a mock up cheaper for you.
28 Post contains links bikerthai : Wait a minute? Does it have to be a B747? Near Seattle, we have an old ferry boat that needs a home. The boat is called the Kalakala. It would have hu
29 cargolex : No it wouldn't, as it will never be sold to become fodder for a music venue in Europe. Considering how much money was spent to bring that ferry back
30 Post contains links bikerthai : The Kalakala can be obtained cheap. Otherwise it will most likely end up in the crap yard. http://www.seattlepi.com/local/trans...ation/article/Kalak
31 Flighty : Thanks for that interesting read!
32 slcdeltarumd11 : Anything is possible with enough money but I cant believe a music festival can afford this
33 HAWK21M : Same here...but then it depends on who is sponsoring the event.....
34 bond007 : ...then we must be reading a different link! The costs even before transporting it, are millions of dollars! The fact they are 'selling' it for $1 is
35 PHX787 : Getting it to-from the festival would be problematic.
36 neutrino : Not necessarily. nicoj has not mentioned the festival location yet. It could be at or adjacent to an airport/airfield able to handle the jumbo.
37 comorin : I believe you posted a picture of what that would look like in a Non-Av thread a week ago?
39 PHX787 : Which thread? I missed this! Ah I completely forgot that
40 Post contains links flyingturtle : At your service: www.airliners.net/aviation-forums/non_aviation/read.main/2454002/#3
41 TheRedBaron : DING DING DING Paging Bruce Dickinson...!!! LOL. I saw a guy who bought a 727 and used as home it cost like 98K to do it and he had the whole ething
42 shufflemoomin : Once again, I repeat my question: what festival out there OWNS the ground the festival is held on? In what way would it be a good investment? The land
43 canoecarrier : You all seem much more interested in this topic than the OP. He hasn't posted here since he started the thread.
44 Post contains images HAWK21M : Guess the op is busy towing the B747 to its destination..... Wonder whats the update on this.
45 sudden : Only me finding it a bit strange that he starts this thread and don't check back saying anything for almost a month!? I say bin this thread as it's no
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