fraspotter
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What's Going To Happen To The 747 Prototype?

Mon Jun 28, 2004 2:27 am

I was recently looking at some photos of the 1st 747 a little while ago and it didn't look to be in very good shape. It is just sitting out at Boeing field growing rust. I was wondering why they don't restore it and put it on display at the Steven F. Udvar Hazy Center at Dulles International Airport. It would make a nice addition to go along with the Dash 80 (707 prototype). It is a shame that one of the most popular commercial planes in history is just rotting at Boeing field.
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RE: What's Going To Happen To The 747 Prototype?

Mon Jun 28, 2004 2:36 am

I believe that it was flying recently with a prototype engine for the new 777 ER/LR series... I saw a picture of it in a magazine here in Japan.
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RE: What's Going To Happen To The 747 Prototype?

Mon Jun 28, 2004 3:06 am

It is currently being readied for permanent display at the air and space museum at Boeing field. Apparently they are looking for original interior parts, as the prototype only has interior fittings in the upper deck.
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RE: What's Going To Happen To The 747 Prototype?

Mon Jun 28, 2004 3:11 am

I saw it two weeks ago at the Air and Space Museum. I did not think it looked like it was in that bad of shape. It looks to me like it is already 'permanently' displayed, sitting next to an old Air Force One and the first 727.
 
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RE: What's Going To Happen To The 747 Prototype?

Mon Jun 28, 2004 4:53 am

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RE: What's Going To Happen To The 747 Prototype?

Mon Jun 28, 2004 4:59 am

It used to be parked at Boeing Field by itself on the far right of the museum if you were facing it. It was parked close to a fence and parking lot, and I remember driving up to the fence where the wing inched over it. It appeared to be in its original paint scheme. Amazing. Its being restored and will go on permanent display at the Museum of Flight once restoration efforts are complete.
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RE: What's Going To Happen To The 747 Prototype?

Mon Jun 28, 2004 5:56 am

It'll eventually go to the Museum of Flight. In 2000 it was easy to get close to it, parked down the field from MoF. The wing actually hung out over the fence. Here is a picture of it in 2000, looked to be in pretty poor condition back then.

http://lgato.com/pictures/2gv.jpg

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