Runway25
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After Life Of Aircraft

Sun Feb 01, 2004 6:06 pm

I am aware that a small percentage of aircraft instead of being broken up after their "flight life" are sold off as "attractions". Attractions such as restaurants, bars, office accommodation, etc., etc. Where are these such aircraft attractions in the world? Is there one near you?
 
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RE: After Life Of Aircraft

Sun Feb 01, 2004 9:05 pm

This ex-MEA B720 became a restaurant, the "720", in Jounieh, a resort located north of Beirut. It was unfortunuatly destroyed by fire in 2000


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I know that an "Interflug" Tu-134 is now a "Inter café" somewhere in Germany...
 
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RE: After Life Of Aircraft

Sun Feb 01, 2004 9:33 pm

There are many exposed in meseums here in Germany, here some spectacular stuff, just some few examples, of what is offered:


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and my personal favorite:
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Very great pics, thanks to the photographers.
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RE: After Life Of Aircraft

Sun Feb 01, 2004 9:43 pm

During the Soviet times it was common that old turboprops like An-8, An-10 and An-12 were used as shooting practice grounds, pioneer/comsomol centres etc. There's a An-10 or An-12 just a little off from my hometown, it was used for similar purposes. I discovered that I haven't taken any photos of that aircraft. Once I do, I'll share them.  Smile

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RE: After Life Of Aircraft

Mon Feb 02, 2004 5:29 pm

Thanks to all for responding. There are some interesting photos supplied.
 
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RE: After Life Of Aircraft

Mon Feb 02, 2004 5:44 pm

Sometimes retired aircraft are donated to fire departments for use in ARFF training. IND Received a 727 for such reasons a few months ago.
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RE: After Life Of Aircraft

Mon Feb 02, 2004 6:54 pm

In New Zealand....

There is an old DC3 that customers at a McDonalds near Taupo can use to eat their meal in. As far as I know the customers can also eat in the cockpit!

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Another old DC3 that is used as a Tea room on State Highway 1 in the North Island

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RE: After Life Of Aircraft

Tue Feb 03, 2004 1:52 am

There are plenty of airliner restaurants in Korea, Including historic N747PA.

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RE: After Life Of Aircraft

Tue Feb 03, 2004 2:02 am

The 58th Convair 880 is now serving as a restaurant at East London, South Africa.

Also, here in Colorado, there is a little town north of Denver called Erie. . .they had a Convair 990 with wings that served as a restaurant right next to the local runway. I ate there once, years ago, and the next time I went to eat there a few years later, it was gone. It was my only experience in a Convair of any kind. Pretty neat to sit in a four-engined a/c as wide as a DC-9.
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