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M404 Fans: What Happened To The Doobieliner?

Mon Aug 29, 2005 10:17 am


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What happened to N467M. Last I heard it was a restuarant in CA somewhere. Is it?
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RE: M404 Fans: What Happened To The Doobieliner?

Mon Aug 29, 2005 10:34 am

According to the piston airliner production book, the restaurant using the fuselage is in San Francisco someplace.
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RE: M404 Fans: What Happened To The Doobieliner?

Mon Aug 29, 2005 10:57 am

I know most of the bands now charter jets, but wouldn't it be nice to see some of the interiors of these jets. I have a Genesis DVD of their concert at Wembley Stadium and they show them aboard a Viscount (I believe) and I'd just love to get a inside look at some of these planes.

Years ago, (1979) when I worked as a ticket agent for Air Midwest in LBB, Ray Charles came to town and he had his own Viscount. We got to look on board and it sure was nice.
 
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RE: M404 Fans: What Happened To The Doobieliner?

Mon Aug 29, 2005 11:38 am

Here is another Martin "band bird"


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Friends where I work now in MEM have lots of memories if these.


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And sorry for the plug but I think this beauty is still flying as I got an invite just last year from the pilot for a tour. It's at Camirillo California airport near Oxnard. It a memory of my own time and my namesake


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RE: M404 Fans: What Happened To The Doobieliner?

Mon Aug 29, 2005 1:28 pm

Here's what it looks like now. This is 4 months ago. She looks in somewhat sad shape. She isn't airworthy at the moment. Her engines are heavily corroded form salt exposure, she a cracked left-main strut also.


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RE: M404 Fans: What Happened To The Doobieliner?

Mon Aug 29, 2005 3:27 pm

Oh man, that's sad to hear. I can only imagine how hard it is to raise funds for her especially since it's not one of the more "glamorous" propliners. I sure loved those big ole seats. Still nothing as comfortable today in coach. I broke my leg falling out of those rear stairs in my first week of employment.

I see we both are with NW. Will retire to your area in 2 years then maybe I can get down to Cal and visit N636X.
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RE: M404 Fans: What Happened To The Doobieliner?

Mon Aug 29, 2005 5:26 pm

I really hope they can refurbish the Camarillo machine. Unfortunately there are no other Martin 404s flying lately.

I fugured out the status of the potentially airworthy Martin 404s, please add or correct anything.

Abovementioned N636X (14135) of Airliners of America
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the caption is promising, hope they'll get it airworthy again, would probably be the only opportunity to get a pleasure flight on it.

N450A (14141) of the Mid Atlantic Air Museum
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did presentations and enthousiast flights in the early 1990s, should be airworthy but doesn't seem to fly much since the late 1990s.

N145S (14142) of Airline History Museum (Save-a-Connie)
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potentially airworthy but didn't fly for years.

N259S (14233)
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last flight in 2000 to Middle River, Maryland Museum for display

N404CG (14235) in USCG colors, was sold on E-Bay and ferried from Chino to Houston by 2004 for display in Eastern colours. Due to corrosion unlikely to fly again.
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Rent-Avion in Venezuela was the last normal airline with Martin-404s but they ceased operations by 2000 as well.
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