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Washing A Plane

Sun Jul 28, 2002 9:45 am

I was wondering approximately how long it takes to wash a plane like the 763 and the A320. Now, I don't mean a plane as dirty as an AF plane, but something moderate.
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RE: Washing A Plane

Sun Jul 28, 2002 11:50 am

I remember a long time ago there used to be a show called Beyond 2000 on the Discovery Channel. They showed many different inventions that would make life better in the new millenium. Of course it's not on now because we are in the new millenium. Anyway, thats not the point. On one of the shows they had a machine called the JUMBO WASH. It was basically a giant car wash that would wash a 747. Now unfortunatly I don't remember how long it took to wash the 747. Maybe somebody else saw that show and can help me out. Hope this helps.

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RE: Washing A Plane

Sun Jul 28, 2002 12:42 pm

I used to watch Beyond 2000 all the time. That and Next Step.

And WOW, I REMEMBER the jumbo wash! I can't believe that. lol. It was a big hangar w/o doors and was just like a giant car wash, inside.
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RE: Washing A Plane

Sun Jul 28, 2002 2:24 pm

At our airline we try to wash aircraft every 40 days.

Most types from A320 to 744 can have a complete wash within 7 to 8hrs.
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RE: Washing A Plane

Sun Jul 28, 2002 4:19 pm

Had a TriStar washed in the Philippines two years ago...cost $150 and two cases on San Miguel beer...and took six hours. Bright and shiney.
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RE: Washing A Plane

Sun Jul 28, 2002 5:08 pm

Who were and when

Was it done at Clark.....
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RE: Washing A Plane

Sun Jul 28, 2002 9:29 pm

The MD-11 that arrive at GOT on Saturday morning is usually cleaned during the day. It's pulled in to the hangar at about 9-10 AM and I think it departs around 6 PM. Not 100% sure if they clean it all the time, it might leave the hangar earlier...

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RE: Washing A Plane

Mon Jul 29, 2002 7:31 am

Oh I wouldn't worry too much about seeing Beyond 2000 again. They'll rename it and air it again and again and nauseum.
Have you noticed that some of the AA documentaries started out named "Fasten Your Seatbelts, Please" and then the SAME shows are now playing as "Airline Story" on Discovery Wings!
Why can't they find new material?????
Does anyone remember the documentary series "Silver Skies"? I wish that Wings TV could get that one!
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RE: Washing A Plane

Mon Jul 29, 2002 11:03 am

Type-rated- Yeah, I noticed the AA special's name change. It seemed like it was on every week before Airport... Maybe they could do a documentary on another airline.

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RE: Washing A Plane

Mon Jul 29, 2002 12:34 pm


Davao, s/n 1040...on a ferry flight to PHX. Clark later this year, you can be sure.
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RE: Washing A Plane

Mon Jul 29, 2002 4:58 pm

Depends on how long you are in the cloud  Laugh out loud

Actually I have seen guys soap up and scrub and airplane inside the hanger on a rainy day and then push it outside and let the rain do the rinsing.

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