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Old B720

Fri Dec 19, 2003 8:45 pm

This old Boeing 720-022, ex-United Airlines, is interesting:

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It's in the George T. Baker Aviation School and is one of the oldest extant Boeing 707/720s.

What I was wondering was what they do with this plane, and if it is in airworthy condition. I hope they will not scrap it but somehow permanently preserve it - few like this in existence - even has turbojets.
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RE: Old B720

Fri Dec 19, 2003 9:02 pm

That is a beauty. I would love to see that in old colours roaring down a runway  Smile
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RE: Old B720

Fri Dec 19, 2003 9:17 pm

Judging from all of those missing panels I would suspect that it isn't airworthy.

I am sure that it is being used as a teaching airframe.
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RE: Old B720

Fri Dec 19, 2003 11:33 pm

Back in the days I was getting my A&P, I spent many hours working on N-64696. One of the worlds smallest aircraft due to the fact that it's last job was hauling cattle (and the 707/720 has a wood deck).

Sadly, Two of the Landmark aircraft at George T Baker Aviation School have come to the end of their days.

The B-720 has become unsafe to work on due to severe corrosion to the wings and landing gear, and the fact that it has been a teaching tool for over 22 years.

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The schools Martin 404 has out lived it's days of usefulness because of the fact that knowlage of heavy prop aircraft is just not needed these days, and the cabin and last working systems were traded for a C-172. This aircraft was at one point the Tour plane for the Dubie Brothers.

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(Not the actual aircraft but it has the same Provincetown-Boston Airlines livery with G.T. Baker Titles)

The paperwork is being processed for both aircraft to be cut for scrap, and they should be gone in the next month or so. The money made with scrap will go to the building of hangers and new aircraft. The school is currently shopping for a business jet like G-II or Citation.

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