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US Hanger In PHL?

Wed Apr 02, 2003 12:03 pm

I was wondering if anyone could tell me what type of maintance US does at their PHL hanger. I have seen some 762's and 32x aircraft there but wasn't sure what type of maintence thy did.

Also just out of curiousity with US' PIT most likely to be based around RJ operations in the next year or two would it be a feasable idea for US to look into building more of a maintence center in PHL. Especially since PHL is the main hub for 330's and 762's, with about 6 or 7 330's a day and about the same number if not more 762's a day. I know space is limited in PHL however i think some of the cargo buildings around the exsisting hanger could be demolished and used for more space as a US maintence center. Now i know US can't afford to spend any extra money right now and is just about to complete a major terminal expansion at PHL with terminal F completed a year or so ago and Terminal A West set to be fully completed by Summer. I was just wondering if it would be a possibility
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RE: US Hanger In PHL?

Wed Apr 02, 2003 1:04 pm

If someone can correct me go ahead, but I believe the PHL hangar is limited to engine maintenance and line checks. In fact, that is when they scrapped that 767 because they were doing an engine run up and it basically blew apart. From what I gather CLT is where the heavy C and D checks are completed for the widebodies. As for a possible expanison in PHL that is anyone's guess.
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RE: US Hanger In PHL?

Wed Apr 02, 2003 1:43 pm

Sorry, I can't add anything as to what the purpose of the hangar is, but I know it can accomodate an A330 inside, or up to 3 smaller aircraft.

Now for a shameless plug. Here's the 767 in question, taken by my father:

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We're friends with the PHL Fire Station captain, and he described in detail what happened. The aircraft was actually about to go in to service I believe but the pilots noticed some strange vibrations from the no. 1 engine. A taxi licensed mechanic took the aircraft out and then performed a run-up test. At about 80% power the engine exploded and the fuselage caught fire. The mechanics made it out safely, and luckily the pilots noticed this ahead of time or else this could have happened during take off with the plane full of pax.

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RE: US Hanger In PHL?

Wed Apr 02, 2003 4:26 pm

This is a line maintenance facility. They do accomplish overnight A and B checks on B767 and A330 aircraft, plus some scheduled engine changes on those aircraft, which are also performed in CLT where the heavier C and D checks occur.

As for aircraft 654, the aircraft had an engine issue in CDG, and was returned to service and ferried empty back to PHL, where the engine was reexamined. During this run, the engine had an uncontained engine failure, with a subsquent fire. There was some fuselage damage from shrapnel coming from the engine, and the pylon and wing were severely damaged. The company, Boeing, and the insurer agreed it was damaged beyond economical repair. It was bought by a spares company as salvage from the insurer (Source One I believe bought the aircraft), to be broken up for spares and the rest scrapped. This became the first B767-200 aircraft to be broken up for spares, and should be a handsome investment for Source One as many structural parts of the aircraft remain serviceable, and Boeing does not keep inventory for many larger "production" level parts. With the -200 no longer in current production, if the part is unique to that series, a part would either have to be repaired, or made to order. This takes a plane out of revenue service for extended periods of time, and is not a preferred course of action for people in the maintenance logistics, operations, and planning fields.
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RE: US Hanger In PHL?

Thu Apr 03, 2003 5:14 am

With the -200 no longer in current production

You're gonna get some disagreement here......
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