CV990
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How Many "smokers" Left In Flying Condition?

Fri Aug 26, 2005 6:18 pm

Hi!

A few days ago I came up with the fact that maybe 5 B720B's are still in flying condition. I also checked out and maybe two of the special B707-138B are also in flying condition and now I'm comming with the topic of how many "smokers" still fly. A few years ago we had a GE 707-321 that was still flying, unfortunetely that one just "died" a few months ago! But we still have good news, I saw in the A.Net photo engine that at least in 2003 there was a Israeli AF 707-329 still flying..... here goes the photo:


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Fantastic and my question would be, how many more left? 707-100/200/300/400's and also DC-8-10/20/30/40's? Are we talking that ONLY THIS Israeli AF old "diesel" is THE LAST MEMBER of this long list?
Any feedback would be greatly appreciated.
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RE: How Many "smokers" Left In Flying Condition?

Fri Aug 26, 2005 6:39 pm


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All seen in the past year or so.

I expect civil ones are rather thin on the ground.
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MEA-707
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RE: How Many "smokers" Left In Flying Condition?

Fri Aug 26, 2005 7:17 pm

I think CV990, the poster, referred to the non fan versions of the 707 and DC-8.
The JT3D fan-jetted 707-300Bs, 300Cs and DC-8-50s and 60s are still around, although in dwindling numbers.
Checking airlinerlist.com and other sources, there have been no DC-8-10s to
-40s flying for about 10 years. The Israeli Air Force should operate about 4 to 5 early non fan 707s, although one , 4X-JYL/140, has been converted to fans only recently. These early 707s are seldom seen outside Israel as they are so noisy. Israeli VIPS for instance use fairly recent and hushkitted 707-300Cs on their trips.
No Avon engined Comets and Caravelles have flown since 2000, although one of each is potentially airworthy.
A few nonfan KC-135s are still flying, although most are withdrawn or reengined.
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CV990
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RE: How Many "smokers" Left In Flying Condition?

Fri Aug 26, 2005 8:31 pm

Hi MEA-707!

Thanks for yr. update. Very interesting the fact that the "bird" I showed is now a turbofan one. Does this mean that this 707 is still keeping the large tail fin?
Do you know the registrations of the other 4 or 5 "diesel" ones?
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RE: How Many "smokers" Left In Flying Condition?

Sat Aug 27, 2005 4:57 am

I know that in the States, the past year or so has seen the last flights of the straight pipe B-52 at Edwards and the "Vomit Comet".
Unless a miracle happens and Lost Birds gets that CV880 off the ground in Mojave, I think we may have seen the last of the large non-fanjets over here. (A few old fighters on the airshow circuit I believe?)
Ghosts appear and fade away.....................
 
CV990
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RE: How Many "smokers" Left In Flying Condition?

Sat Aug 27, 2005 5:37 am

Hi 4holer!

I had the chance to visit Edwards AFB in September 2003 in their open house day and I saw that B52B there!!!! Extraordinary airplane, I had my 2 sons with me and I told them that B52 was older than me and them!!!! They were quite impressed. The plane looked really old but at the same time it's almost like a lost tresure in the 21st. century!!! Just to celebrate here it goes one of his pics:


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