andz
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Where Is This 747 Now?

Sun Mar 12, 2006 5:50 pm

In 1977 I flew JNB-LHR on British Airways to attend my grandfather's funeral. The aircraft we flew on was a 747, the first one with RR RB211 engines. There was also a little plaque on the bulkhead commemorating the fact that this aircraft held the record for the highest weight takeoff of a commercial airliner at the time.

I know we have some history buffs on here so here are the questions:
What was the registration?
What happened to the aircraft after British Airways?
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Ivo
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RE: Where Is This 747 Now?

Sun Mar 12, 2006 6:16 pm

I think it was B747-236B G-BDXA c/n 21238/292.
This was the first RR powered 747 for BA. Delivered in 1977 and served its entire live with BA. Sadly, it is scrapped at Marana late 2003.

Hope this helps,

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andz
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RE: Where Is This 747 Now?

Sun Mar 12, 2006 6:24 pm

Thanks Ivo I see there are several photos in the database, I will be interested to see if this was in fact that plane!
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Ivo
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RE: Where Is This 747 Now?

Sun Mar 12, 2006 6:58 pm

There are only 3 RR powered 747 delivered in 1977:

1: The one mentioned above
2: G-BDXB 21239/302 from 2 nov 1999 Nigeria AW; 3 aug 2000 back BA.
Stored for the moment.
3: G-BDXC 21240/305 from 8 feb 2002 European Aircharter.
Scrapped at Cardiff 18 aug 2002.

G-BDXD was delivered in 1978.


Ivo
 
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RE: Where Is This 747 Now?

Sun Mar 12, 2006 7:01 pm

I forgot something.

If you can remember the name of the aircraft?

G-BDXA "City of Cardiff"
G-BDXB "City of Liverpool"
G-BDXC "City of Manchester"


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andz
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RE: Where Is This 747 Now?

Sun Mar 12, 2006 9:11 pm

Quoting Ivo (Reply 4):
G-BDXA "City of Cardiff"

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RE: Where Is This 747 Now?

Tue Mar 14, 2006 8:10 pm

Ivo

Are you sure that it was scrapped, I understood that it was still at Marana?.

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