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chrisnh
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'Saving' Airliners From Destruction

Fri Jul 09, 2004 10:39 am

When I go to an airshow, the warbirds--P51s, P38s, B-17s, B-24s--are looked at with reverence. The few remaining ones are valuable, rare, and evoke this question: Why didn't more of them get saved?? In WWII (so I'm told), these planes were so common that squadrons of them would fill the skies. Yet there were so few of them saved. Historians probably wish they could go back in time and save many more of them. So what about airliners like 727s and 737s...are there moves underway to save more than a few of these? I say this because we are probably at an all-time high in terms of desert storage of airliners. Today's 'junk' will certainly be tomorrow's treasure.

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RE: 'Saving' Airliners From Destruction

Fri Jul 09, 2004 11:08 am

Chris-
I agree with you 100%. How nice it would be to have some flyable restored 727, 707, 737, DC10, L1011, DC8 etc still around. Too bad most people with a ton on money (hint hint Mr. Travolta) really dont step up for this kind of program. It would be nice to have a commercial aviation museum with some of these birds still around.(hint hint Mr. Travolta)
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RE: 'Saving' Airliners From Destruction

Fri Jul 09, 2004 11:19 am

Yes, indeed! And we never really wish we saved something until we threw it away. Whether it's an old Frisbee, a comic book, etc...how many of us privately say, 'Dang...why didn't I hold onto that thing??' So what if a 727 isn't really the same thing as a Frisbee or a comic book...the principle is the same, no? NOW is the time to do the 'saving,' not when there are two 727s left on the planet. Our locally headquartered Pan Am has a bunch of 727s. I sure hope someone there reads this thread  Smile/happy/getting dizzy

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RE: 'Saving' Airliners From Destruction

Fri Jul 09, 2004 11:25 am

$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$

I really wish they could save more, some of them are so great, but unfortunately it just costs too much money. Maybe Mr. gates or Mr. allen can step up to the plate.


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