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The Life Of A WN 737

Tue Sep 20, 2005 2:39 am




N64SW.....manufacturered March, 1980...




In service with WN from 1980 - 2002:


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Stored in Kingman, AZ 2002-2003:


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...Now offered for sale at Globalair:



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I wonder who the next owner will be...




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RE: The Life Of A WN 737

Tue Sep 20, 2005 2:44 am

Yikes. That 732 definately had a nice makeover. And the coolest thing about it is that you can still fly backwards, just like when she was at WN  thumbsup 
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RE: The Life Of A WN 737

Tue Sep 20, 2005 2:51 am

Wow...now that is nice!!
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RE: The Life Of A WN 737

Tue Sep 20, 2005 3:01 am

talk about an extreme makeover heh
 
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RE: The Life Of A WN 737

Tue Sep 20, 2005 3:23 am

Anyone have the hours/cycles count after 22 years at WN?
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RE: The Life Of A WN 737

Tue Sep 20, 2005 3:26 am




Quoting Spacepope (Reply 4):
Anyone have the hours/cycles count after 22 years at WN?



Globalair lists the current hours/cycles as follows:


Airframe Hours: 69,798
Flight Cycles: 77,766


Not sure how many of those have been accrued after life at WN.




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RE: The Life Of A WN 737

Tue Sep 20, 2005 3:30 am

Wow, I have got to have this one. I think I will have to ask my boss for a raise  Wink
 
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RE: The Life Of A WN 737

Tue Sep 20, 2005 3:41 am

Interesting that it hasn't been hushkitted.
 
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RE: The Life Of A WN 737

Tue Sep 20, 2005 5:14 am

...impressive that is: WN's new interior  eyepopping  and  praise 
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RE: The Life Of A WN 737

Tue Sep 20, 2005 5:45 am

I have to ask who would buy such a fuel-inefficient plane.

If planes could talk, I bet it's relieved to be out of that horrible WN skin. After 22 years of hauling snotty-nosed kids and other unmentionables, I'd be glad to get outfitted with style.
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RE: The Life Of A WN 737

Tue Sep 20, 2005 6:20 am

Quoting Byrdluvs747 (Reply 9):
I have to ask who would buy such a fuel-inefficient plane.

Well, if you wanna own your own 737 you probably can afford the fuel and it's cheaper than buying it brand new.
 
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RE: The Life Of A WN 737

Tue Sep 20, 2005 6:25 am

Quoting N1120A (Reply 1):
Yikes. That 732 definately had a nice makeover.

Ohhhh, I need. Wow!

Quoting 2H4 (Reply 5):
Airframe Hours: 69,798
Flight Cycles: 77,766

Gulp. Yet I see that a 737 is allowed 130,000 cycles! This airframe has life left on it!
http://www.b737.org.uk/accident_reports.htm (search for cycles)

Quoting Byrdluvs747 (Reply 9):
I have to ask who would buy such a fuel-inefficient plane.

Anyone who is flying it < 2 hours/day would do well. However, what's the point with the short range of a 732? That interior cries to go over the Atlantic!

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RE: The Life Of A WN 737

Tue Sep 20, 2005 9:21 am

Quoting Byrdluvs747 (Reply 9):
I have to ask who would buy such a fuel-inefficient plane.

I don't know, let's ask Willie Gary.  Smile
 
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RE: The Life Of A WN 737

Tue Sep 20, 2005 10:39 am

Surely this baby will sell for a lot less that a brand new bbj, and I imagine there are significant weight savings since they're not hauling all those pax and their baggage.... Fuel and range just might get a boost! Is there a STC around that would allow the permanent installation of aux fuel tanks to get her across the pond? Its good to see these birds can live on. Damn they're loud but they have so much more character than anything new.
 
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RE: The Life Of A WN 737

Tue Sep 20, 2005 10:47 am

Quoting Byrdluvs747 (Reply 9):
I have to ask who would buy such a fuel-inefficient plane.

They aren't flying it to 15 cities a day every day. Judging by the interior they can probably afford slightly higher fuel consumption than a 737-700. Especially when you consider the savings they got on buying the thing used.
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RE: The Life Of A WN 737

Tue Sep 20, 2005 10:57 am

I wonder if the SWA employees could all chip in and re-purchase it as a bizjet for Herb...  Wink

Hell, I'd dispatch it for free...  Wink
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RE: The Life Of A WN 737

Tue Sep 20, 2005 10:59 am

well if you only put say 10 or 15 people in the thing then put some tanks in the cargo bins till yer up around max takeoff weight then you might get across the atlantic no?


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RE: The Life Of A WN 737

Tue Sep 20, 2005 12:42 pm

I'm Freight-Dawg, I took that photo of the aircraft after conversion. Let me tell you - it was SPOTLESS when I saw it in Austin!

I was told that the family who owns the Sonic Hamburger chain was the new owner, and that they had 2 or 3 more just like it.

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RE: The Life Of A WN 737

Tue Sep 20, 2005 2:16 pm

I've spent a lot of time in 64SW, and when I saw her new state, I have to admit, it warmed my soul. As the pic's were loading, I was afraid I was going to see the remains of her in pieces. Then I saw the last pic; I couldn't believe my eyes. She looks absolutely beautiful, and as a cherry on the cake, they kept her original N number. Thank you for posting those pic's and bringing back many fond memories of my time in 64SW.
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RE: The Life Of A WN 737

Tue Sep 20, 2005 2:31 pm

Quoting Lightsaber (Reply 11):
However, what's the point with the short range of a 732? That interior cries to go over the Atlantic!

Remember, the 732's range was really not all that bad. It could go most of the way across the country, just not its design mission. With tanks and the light loads she is carrying, this is a non-stop or 1-stop over the Oggin
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RE: The Life Of A WN 737

Tue Sep 20, 2005 6:42 pm

Barney -

If you'd like a high-res version of that shot, let me know! I'd be glad to send it to you!  bigthumbsup 

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RE: The Life Of A WN 737

Tue Sep 20, 2005 9:16 pm

Quoting ExPratt (Reply 7):
Interesting that it hasn't been hushkitted.

Some JT8 hushkits aren't visable unless you look up the tailpipe for a mixer. The engine nosecowl is moved forward 5 inches as well (If you look closely, you can see a 5 inch white painted area forward of the strut fairing).

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RE: The Life Of A WN 737

Tue Sep 20, 2005 10:18 pm

Quoting CanadianNorth (Reply 16):
well if you only put say 10 or 15 people in the thing then put some tanks in the cargo bins till yer up around max takeoff weight then you might get across the atlantic no?

Sure! Gander to Shannon, no problem!  Big grin
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