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What Is The Current State Of N747PA?

Sat Sep 11, 2004 7:12 pm

The second Boeing 747 built, N747PA, went to Pan American. It was dismantled in one way or another from what I read in 2000. However, I also read records stating that it became a restaurant. Is this true, and if so, in what state is it - a complete aircraft or just the fuselage? Clean or dirty etc?
 
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RE: What Is The Current State Of N747PA?

Sat Sep 11, 2004 8:24 pm

The aircraft is in use as a restaurant in Seoul South Korea. I have noted it first as restaurant in September 2003. There were pictures on an internetsite, but I can't remember the webadress,

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RE: What Is The Current State Of N747PA?

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RE: What Is The Current State Of N747PA?

Sun Sep 12, 2004 1:06 am

TACKY!! What a pity to end up like this! Looks like a kiddyland toy now! I used to fly this as PA-#001 RTW on the LAX-NRT-HKG leg in the 1980-81 years. Perhaps one can only hope in the end it will be melted down and end up as shiny new handles on some of that famous fake Korean designer luggage, and get to fly again! yeah baby!
 
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RE: What Is The Current State Of N747PA?

Sun Sep 12, 2004 12:08 pm

Can you dig this? The FAA reg unfo page still carries this old shell as a CURRENT CERTIFICATE HOLDER! HOLY JESUS!
 
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RE: What Is The Current State Of N747PA?

Sun Sep 12, 2004 1:43 pm

Does anyone else find it disturbing that some of the greatest airliners ever built now serve as eateries? And every pic on that site looks horrible. The inside looks great, but they don't take care of the outside....and I don't like that A300 shell that has a striking resemblance to UA's battleship grey.
 
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RE: What Is The Current State Of N747PA?

Sun Sep 12, 2004 1:57 pm

Argh! I've just seen the photos of the restaurant planes!!! My eyes are burning!!!!
 
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RE: What Is The Current State Of N747PA?

Sun Sep 12, 2004 3:00 pm

TACKY!! What a pity to end up like this! Looks like a kiddyland toy now!

Well, I don't think it would to a Korean or Japanese (this site is Japanese; I wonder what the text says). Different cultures are different; all the signs and whatnot outside are just par for the course in most Asian countries, and the inside looks pretty nice if you ask me.

They do need to wash it, though. It's REALLY dirty, to the point where I'd think they'd have trouble attracting customers. That's the only problem I have with it.

I think it's better for somebody to get some use out of this aircraft than for it to get chopped up out in the desert.
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RE: What Is The Current State Of N747PA?

Sun Sep 12, 2004 3:29 pm

Speaking of airplanes turned into restaurants......

Anyone remember that joint in San Francisco, that had a CV340/440 or Martin202/404 on the inside?
The theme centered on this aircraft crashing on a tropical deserterd island. Heard the place closed.....and no one seems to know nuthin'! Heard a rumor it went across the bay to Oakland.
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I don't think it's a cultural thing as to why my eyes burn after seeing those aircraft in Asia converted into eateries.....
The interiors looked nice enough, the exteriors leave a lot to be desired.

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RE: What Is The Current State Of N747PA?

Sun Sep 12, 2004 7:45 pm

Think they're tacky, eh? Well, the Japanese clients are probably cooing over how kawai they are!  Big grin Big grin  Wow!  Love

Seriously, some of those planes look a bit daft, but I'm glad it's there and serving as a restaurant rather than being chopped up. N747PA is an historic bird and there is not much by way of Pan Am planes being preserved anyway. Okay, it would be nicer to put it in proper livery and to preserve it at an airport or museum, but this seems about second best.

I'm also glad it's basically in one piece: yesterday I did a search and I think maybe on www.jetphotos.net or some such site, I found a picture of the scrapped hull - or rather of just the center section! It seems that it was cut up, then shipped to Asia in pieces (I am guessing that's what they did, I don't know), then reassembled.
 
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RE: What Is The Current State Of N747PA?

Tue Sep 14, 2004 2:18 pm

I recognised N747PA and B2613, but could not see the reg of the DC10 or L1011.

Any ideas.

Not being able to read Japanese does not help.
 
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RE: What Is The Current State Of N747PA?

Tue Sep 14, 2004 5:06 pm

I recognised N747PA and B2613, but could not see the reg of the DC10 or L1011.

Any ideas.

Not being able to read Japanese does not help.


The Babelfish translation is surprisingly readable...

No mention of reg #'s (you'd see them in Roman lettering if he'd posted them anyway); he mainly just talks about the various features of the restaurants, describing the pictures he's showing, basically. Talks about stuff like the cockpits, nosegear, dummy engines, etc. And he says these are both in Korea. Nothing really more than that, though; he probably doesn't know what planes these were either.

btw, anyone else notice how much that 737 interior looks like a train dining car??
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RE: What Is The Current State Of N747PA?

Tue Sep 14, 2004 5:17 pm

I agree with Learjet 23 and others that they look tacky, but at least they are complete.

It would be great to see N747PA and the others in museums at some point.
 
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RE: What Is The Current State Of N747PA?

Tue Sep 14, 2004 6:03 pm

The only good thing is its in one piece, the tail seems to be shortened though. But its a very bad sign for a restaurant if you don´t clean it. Its so unbelievably dirty.
 
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RE: What Is The Current State Of N747PA?

Tue Sep 14, 2004 6:49 pm

Having worked on this proud lady when she was still in revenue passenger service, it is a travesty to see her in her present condition! It would be better, IMHO, to see her cut up and turned into beer cans than see her suffer this indignity.  Crying

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RE: What Is The Current State Of N747PA?

Tue Sep 14, 2004 7:48 pm

Looks like they are great fans of airplane restaurants in Asia!! In Holland we once had an DC-8 in Purmerend. Don't know which one that was. I only know the thing burned down a couple of years ago.

I do find it disturbing that N747PA is in the Air Force-colors!!

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RE: What Is The Current State Of N747PA?

Tue Sep 14, 2004 8:15 pm


LifelinerOne

The DC8-53 was TU-TCB 45671.

The fuselage still existed in May 1999 (European Wrecks and Relics 3rd Edition ISBN 0 907 178 92 8.

The current edition of Jet Airliner Production List states that it has been scrapped. ISDN not known.