penguinflies
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Oldest Aircraft In Service?

Mon Nov 10, 2003 4:19 pm

Hey,

The topic of Oldest Aircraft By Airline got me thinking...What is the oldest aircraft in current schedule service in the world? There is probably some old DC-2 or 247 flying somewhere. Anyone know where it is?
 
lauda777
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RE: Oldest Aircraft In Service?

Mon Nov 10, 2003 4:33 pm

I don't know but I reckon it would be in the USA for sure, no offence but you guys have so many airlines! Then again it could be in a 3rd world country, anyone know how old Ariana's 727's are? I think they were donated to them after the war.
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FlyPIJets
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RE: Oldest Aircraft In Service?

Mon Nov 10, 2003 4:46 pm

Buffalo Airways in Canada operates DC-3 scheduled pax service from Yellowknife, NT to Hay River, NT.

I think the oldest DC-3 was built in 1942.
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Trident
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RE: Oldest Aircraft In Service?

Mon Nov 10, 2003 5:02 pm

It depends on what you mean by "in service". A number of airlines keep historic aircraft for publicity purposes and occasionally fly passengers in them. Other airlines use older aircraft for sightseeing flights (eg. Ford Trimotors etc).

As far as honest to goodness, daily scheduled services the answer would have to be a DC-3/C-47 somewhere or other - probably South America. 13,000 DC-3s and their military derivatives were built between 1936 and 1945 so there is a good chance that a fair number are still earning their keep.
 
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RE: Oldest Aircraft In Service?

Mon Nov 10, 2003 11:15 pm

There still are Stinson and Ford Trimotors flying, not on scheduled service but still giving rides.

At Oshgosh and at Kalamazoo Airport you see the Trimotors still flying.

Scenic Airways of Las Vegas still has one listed in its fleet, I don't know if it still flies.
 
richierich
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RE: Oldest Aircraft In Service?

Mon Nov 10, 2003 11:19 pm

I think it used to be Northwest's 727s!
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RE: As Time Goes By: Many 767s Bound For Scrapping

Mon Nov 10, 2003 11:22 pm

NW still has some DC9-10's. Those are '66 vintage, I believe.TC
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FlagshipAZ
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RE: Oldest Aircraft In Service?

Mon Nov 10, 2003 11:29 pm

I know that someplace in Georgia USA the oldest DC-3 still surviving (5th built) may be giving air tours on a semi-regular basis. But this info may be a few years out of date. One or two Ford Trimotors are still flyable. And even one Stinson Trimotor is still flying...but just doing the airshow curcuit now. BTW, this Stinson (N11153) is an ex-American Airlines aircraft, their oldest known survivor. Regards.
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RE: Oldest Aircraft In Service?

Tue Nov 11, 2003 12:05 am

How old are the Grumman G-73 Turbo Mallards that still fly for Chalk's International?? I believe these may have been built in the late '40s. They are still flown FLL-NSB (Bimini) and FLL-NAS.
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RE: Oldest Aircraft In Service?

Tue Nov 11, 2003 12:30 am

I think it used to be Northwest's 727s!

Huh? NW's B727 were, on average, 15 years newer than AA's...
 
cannibalz3
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RE: Oldest Aircraft In Service?

Tue Nov 11, 2003 5:10 am

I think probably an early DC-3/C-47 is probably still doing regular runs on every continent, I've seen at least 3 doing cargo runs in the continental US. Out of La Paz, Bolivia, there are cargo flights with Curtiss C-46s, those are damn old! Also, the fire services here in the US use pretty old planes don't they? And I bet some old An-2s are flying around the former USSR area.
 
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RE: Oldest Aircraft In Service?

Tue Nov 11, 2003 6:08 am

I've heard from an inside source that the Chalk's amphibs have had virtually every part on them replaced a few time over due to their high-corrosion environment. If you averaged the airframe age, they would probably be newer than NW's DC-9s!
 
penguinflies
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RE: Oldest Aircraft In Service?

Tue Nov 11, 2003 6:19 am

Yeah I was thinking, some DC-3 flying a nightly run from HNL-OGG would be an old aircraft in service. I was wondering if there was like a Piper or Beaver or something out there that someone knew for sure was flying around
 
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RE: Oldest Aircraft In Service?

Tue Nov 11, 2003 9:51 am

I agree, Penguinflies. The oldest aircraft I have seen to date is a Douglas DC-3, with some European or South-American airline.
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