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747 At Hiller Aviation Museum.

Sun Mar 10, 2002 1:44 am

Does anyone know what the registration numbers of the 747 that is on display at the Hiller Aviation Museum in San Carlos, California. I know that it is an old BA 747-100 (even though the livery on it is a Flying Tigers, the guy who donated his time and money to the project was a Flying Tigers Captain). I wanted to see if they are any pictures of the aircraft, while it was still operational.
 
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RE: 747 At Hiller Aviation Museum.

Sun Mar 10, 2002 2:52 am

Apparently it was BA's (or BOAC as it was then) first 747 G-AWNA.

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'November Alpha' was retired from service in October 1998.



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After she was wfu, BA repainted her in the original BOAC colours. Personnaly I never seen the reason why BA did not donate her to a Museum in the UK rather than putting her originaly in storage in New Mexico before heading off the the scrapman; after all did they really ever expect to sell or fly the aircraft again?
 
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RE: 747 At Hiller Aviation Museum.

Sun Mar 10, 2002 4:27 am

We have a photo of the Hiller exhibit on the database at the moment. The photographer was told that the nose section came from G-AWNA, but we have subsequently found out that that aircraft was intended for preservation in the UK, but for some reason or other the project fell through and the aircraft was recently scrapped at Bruntingthorpe, England.

The photographer & I have since been trying to correctly ID the source of this nose section - currently we are leaning towards G-AWNB as the donor, but we don't have positive confirmation of that as yet.

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RE: 747 At Hiller Aviation Museum.

Sun Mar 10, 2002 6:56 am

Very interesting.

From the Air Transport Databank, November Alpha was indeed broken up at Bruntingthorpe.

The BA 747-100 that were sent to Roswell are:

G-AWNB
G-AWNG
G-AWNJ
G-AWNL
G-AWNM
G-AWNN
G-AWNO
G-AWNP
G-BDPV


 
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RE: 747 At Hiller Aviation Museum.

Sun Mar 10, 2002 12:21 pm

Thanks for the information, Southflite and Gordonroxburgh. I, too, had been under the apparently mistaken notion that the aircraft was G-AWNA, Colliford Lake. I remember reading in this forum a while back that the cockpit section had been sold to another airline (KLM?) for use as a flight simulator - can anyone confirm or disavow this?
The aeroplane has unveiled for us the true face of the earth. -Antoine de Saint-Exupery
 
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RE: 747 At Hiller Aviation Museum.

Sun Mar 10, 2002 12:41 pm

Hiller Aviation woo-hoo! That's in my hometown! If anyone wants photos of the exhibits (some rare planes there), just request it and I'll upload them.

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