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Last Airworthy B737-100 - Will It Fly Again?

Mon Jan 16, 2006 2:04 pm

I posted a thread about a month ago about the status of the last B737-100, but there were no replies. I guess that when the type is confirmed to be gone from the skies forever that everyone will suddenly become nostalgic about it, but the point is that there is still a possibly airworthy B737-112 in existence.

The aircraft was flown into TUS last year after being retired from the Mexican Air Force, and was re-registered from TP-03 to N772WH. I believe that N772WH is still stored at TUS, and registered to a company called Savannah Aviation. Something on another website, however, mentions Ryan International, although I doubt that they would have any interest in a B737-100.

So, LAST CHANCE, could anyone who has visited TUS recently confirm whether N772WH has been sighted, or better still, photographed recently? If anyone has any idea what Savannah Aviation plan to do with this aircraft, any information would be most appreciated. If anyone is working at TUS or planning a visit there, could they please look out for this aircraft and confirm its apparent status (on behalf of all B731 fans!)....?

Ian.

Save the B737-100!

P.S. I realise that the original B737-100 is probably still airworthy, despite being a museum piece, but it is very unlikely to fly again.
 
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RE: Last Airworthy B737-100 - Will It Fly Again?

Mon Jan 16, 2006 2:21 pm

That is very sad. Flying on a classic like that is a very special treat. In 1974-75 my father was stationed at Keflavic Iceland and we took many trips to Germany as my Mother is German. It was always a Iceland Air B727 to Copenhagen and a Lufthansa B737 to Frankfurt. I can still remember the roar inside the cabin. So much has changed since those days  Sad And people complain that the cabins are too loud today  rotfl 
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RE: Last Airworthy B737-100 - Will It Fly Again?

Mon Jan 16, 2006 2:24 pm

Quoting UK_Dispatcher (Thread starter):
Save the B737-100

I must say that most of us have more of a connection to the 732, of course there are still loads of those flying.
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RE: Last Airworthy B737-100 - Will It Fly Again?

Mon Jan 16, 2006 2:43 pm

Quoting UK_Dispatcher (Thread starter):
So, LAST CHANCE, could anyone who has visited TUS recently confirm whether N772WH has been sighted, or better still, photographed recently?

You try www.cactuswings.com and ask Terry Nash?
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RE: Last Airworthy B737-100 - Will It Fly Again?

Mon Jan 16, 2006 4:38 pm


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RE: Last Airworthy B737-100 - Will It Fly Again?

Mon Jan 16, 2006 6:19 pm

If only AeroCalifornia had bought the 731 we would still see them flying today. Smile The 737 is a truly historic aircraft. Think of all the today's airlines that rely especially on the 737 and to think that Boeing was going to stop the program during the early days because of poor sales! Today, I think the 737 is one of the most under appreciated airliners because everybody flies one. But the 737 truly changed the air industry for the better. Can't wait to see the new next generation 737 Boeing is working on now.
 
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RE: Last Airworthy B737-100 - Will It Fly Again?

Mon Jan 16, 2006 11:54 pm

Quoting AirWillie6475 (Reply 5):
Can't wait to see the new next generation 737 Boeing is working on now.

Hope they give it a new nose.
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RE: Last Airworthy B737-100 - Will It Fly Again?

Tue Jan 17, 2006 12:05 am

Too bad only 30 of the -100's were built. As I recall, the last -100 to fly in the US was the America West "Suns" plane. I photographed it a couple of times in SJC and LAX. It was retired sometime in 2000 if memory serves correctly.

Whatever became of it?
 
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RE: Last Airworthy B737-100 - Will It Fly Again?

Tue Jan 17, 2006 2:55 am

Quoting Matt D (Reply 7):
As I recall, the last -100 to fly in the US was the America West "Suns" plane. I photographed it a couple of times in SJC and LAX. It was retired sometime in 2000 if memory serves correctly.

Whatever became of it?

I think that one was broken up at OPF, but I'd have to check someone's list to make sure...
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RE: Last Airworthy B737-100 - Will It Fly Again?

Wed Jan 18, 2006 7:44 am

I'm wondering if Boeing will roll out the 5000th 737, and parked it next to the #1 737 for a promotional event. This truly would be a historic moment. Last that I've heard that N515NA is kept in flyable condition should NASA decides it need to borrow the aircraft for tests again. Regards.
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RE: Last Airworthy B737-100 - Will It Fly Again?

Thu Jan 19, 2006 2:31 pm

Quoting OPNLguy (Reply 8):
I think that one was broken up at OPF, but I'd have to check someone's list to make sure...

Correct - the last America West 731 was broken up there, as was at least one AeroContinente example.

Quoting OPNLguy (Reply 3):
You try www.cactuswings.com and ask Terry Nash?

I'm not in the Cactus Wings Yahoo group, and it is not possible to contact Terry through the link on the website.


Are there no spotters in the TUS area at all who post on here?! C'mon guys!