richierich
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N747PA - Was This Plane Broken Up?

Wed Feb 11, 2004 12:51 am

Yesterday (Feb. 9) was the 35th anniversary of the first Boeing 747 flight and a good segue to my question about N747PA, which was the second 747 off the line and the first to see commercial service. It had a long career with Pan Am, which ended when they did in 1991, and followed that up with a brief career with Aeroposta in Argentina.

To my knowledge, her final resting place is San Bernardino, where she was flown to in 1995. I have not seen any recent pictures of her on airliners, the last showing the aircraft in poor condition in 1999. That was five years ago and plenty happens in that time. Was she broken up? Clearly her days of flying are over but was anything saved?

I flew on this very aircraft as a youngster in April 1984, LHR-JFK (on PA103 no less). I don't remember every commercial flight I have ever been on but I do remember this one - the IFE was James Bond's "Octopussy"! Too bad I didn't understand the significance of flying this aircraft at that time.

Please let me know if there are any updates about Clipper Juan Trippe and her fate.
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tristarenvy
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RE: N747PA - Was This Plane Broken Up?

Wed Feb 11, 2004 1:00 am

According to a couple of 747 sites, she was B/U in 2000. So to paraphrase John Cleese in the Dead Parrot sketch from Monty Python, "It's flown this mortal coil!"

AND, I believe that on eBay, someone was once selling bits and pieces from her, mounted on a stand.

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fanofjets
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RE: N747PA - Was This Plane Broken Up?

Wed Feb 11, 2004 2:00 am

She is no more. She has ceased to be. Bereft of life, she is an ex-Jumbo. She was "parted" at San Bernardino:

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Here she is in happier times:

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The first Pan Am 747 across the Atlantic was N736PA, Clipper Victor, the aircraft that crashed in the Tenerife tragedy.

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DL_Mech
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RE: N747PA - Was This Plane Broken Up?

Wed Feb 11, 2004 4:16 am

N747PA is now a restaurant in Korea. See photos of it here: http://www.nhirai.com/airrest.htm
This plane is built to withstand anything... except a bad pilot.

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