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This B737-100 Should Be Preserved...

Tue Aug 15, 2006 9:12 pm


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As is currently being discussed in another thread, the rare B737-100 has disappeared from our skies. I guess this is natural as they all date from the late 1960s, but there is a perfectly intact and potentially airworthy example in TUS. It is currently registered N772WH, and was withdrawn from use as a VIP transport by the Mexican Air Force two years ago, before being ferried to TUS. It can be seen in the picture above by the bottom left corner - just above the B727.

This aircraft was previously operated by Air Florida and Singapore Airlines (delivered to Malaysia-Singapore Airlines before they parted).

I wonder whether SQ would consider preserving this aircraft - not necesarily in airworthy condition - as the B731 was the pioneer design of arguably the most successful narrowbody airliner ever, and this particular example was the last of the 30 built. It is nice that QANTAS are celebrating their heritage by flying one of their former B707s from storage in the UK to a museum in Australia. I wonder whether SQ would consider the same for this B731...

Any up to date information on N772WH would also be appreciated - it is a while since it was last noted.

Does anyone else think this would be a good idea?
 
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RE: This B737-100 Should Be Preserved...

Tue Aug 15, 2006 9:32 pm

Quoting UK_Dispatcher (Thread starter):
I wonder whether SQ would consider preserving this aircraft - not necesarily in airworthy condition - as the B731 was the pioneer design of arguably the most successful narrowbody airliner ever

Although it is not an original Lufthansa aircraft I believe one 737-100 should be kept in the old LH livery and put on display in one of the big aviation museums in Germany or in front of a major airport here.
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RE: This B737-100 Should Be Preserved...

Tue Aug 15, 2006 9:37 pm

Quoting Columba (Reply 1):
Although it is not an original Lufthansa aircraft I believe one 737-100 should be kept in the old LH livery and put on display in one of the big aviation museums in Germany or in front of a major airport here.

I absolutely agree. This actually seems more justifiable than SQ doing it, as LH were the launch customer. To be really authentic, though, it should be an ex-LH machine. The only ex-LH one in existence now is an AeroContinente aircraft, and last I heard it was stored at LIM without engines, and has been for some time. I'm sure Lufthansa could get it airworthy again and fly it 'home'.
 
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RE: This B737-100 Should Be Preserved...

Thu Aug 17, 2006 12:01 am

I don't think it can be preserved now, as it looks like its been scrapped.


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RE: This B737-100 Should Be Preserved...

Thu Aug 17, 2006 12:39 am

Quoting 76731K (Reply 3):
I don't think it can be preserved now, as it looks like its been scrapped.

That really hurts !!!!!!!!! Hope at least one -100 will have a better faith and find its way into a museum.
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RE: This B737-100 Should Be Preserved...

Thu Aug 17, 2006 12:54 am

The NASA 737-100 is currently on loan to the Museum of Flight in Seattle. I'm not sure if it's currently on display or accessible to visitors.


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RE: This B737-100 Should Be Preserved...

Thu Aug 17, 2006 12:56 am

What about one of the LH 732s, i flew on a couple with Ryanair?

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RE: This B737-100 Should Be Preserved...

Thu Aug 17, 2006 3:53 am

Quoting UK_Dispatcher (Thread starter):
was withdrawn from use as a VIP transport by the Mexican Air Force two years ago

I still don't know how that happened,

We were very proud to have it,

It's a shame that it has been retired.
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RE: This B737-100 Should Be Preserved...

Thu Aug 17, 2006 4:06 am

Quoting Lindy Field (Reply 5):
The NASA 737-100 is currently on loan to the Museum of Flight in Seattle. I'm not sure if it's currently on display or accessible to visitors.

N515NA is on display in the Airpark at the Museum of Flight, across Marginal Way from the main museum building. It is appropriate that this plane is here, parked next to RA001(the first 747), Concorde BOAG, the first VC-137, and soon E-1 (the first 727), as it served as the prototype for the very popular 737.

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RE: This B737-100 Should Be Preserved...

Thu Aug 17, 2006 1:50 pm

What is USAir going to do with all those 737-400 I saw a couple in this pic and I saw a few in a pic in kingman at another airport.
 
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RE: This B737-100 Should Be Preserved...

Thu Aug 17, 2006 2:01 pm

Quoting 76731K (Reply 3):
I don't think it can be preserved now, as it looks like its been scrapped.

Aaaarrrggghhh!

Well, there goes the last realistic chance to preserve another B731.

Still, many thanks to the photographer for uploading these, despite how gut-wrenching they are to any classic airliner fans.

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RE: This B737-100 Should Be Preserved...

Thu Aug 17, 2006 2:06 pm

Quoting Lindy Field (Reply 5):
The NASA 737-100 is currently on loan to the Museum of Flight in Seattle. I'm not sure if it's currently on display or accessible to visitors.

The last photo of this a/c on the database is over 3 years old. Can anyone upload any more recent pics of this a/c?

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Since the question of this thread has now been answered, I have started another thread to establish the status of the 3 other B737-100s: Status Of Last 3 B737-100s (by UK_Dispatcher Aug 17 2006 in Civil Aviation)

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RE: This B737-100 Should Be Preserved...

Thu Aug 17, 2006 3:15 pm

Quoting 76731K (Reply 3):
I don't think it can be preserved now, as it looks like its been scrapped.

That sucks. I'm guessing about 30 years from now, people will pull their hair for destroying these birds.

I've seen plenty of DC-3's at museums and I think and the 737 should be just as important. It is the most produced aircraft in the world right?

The DC-3 defined commercial aviation and the 737 was the symbol of "modern" air travel since the 70's.
 
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RE: This B737-100 Should Be Preserved...

Thu Aug 17, 2006 3:16 pm

I always believed that One Model of Each Aircraft build should be preserved in a Museum Someplace.
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RE: This B737-100 Should Be Preserved...

Thu Aug 17, 2006 3:58 pm

Shhhhhhhh! AQ may want to get their hands on it to replace one of their 732s! Yuk-yuk!

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RE: This B737-100 Should Be Preserved...

Thu Aug 17, 2006 8:25 pm

Quoting 777fan (Reply 14):
Shhhhhhhh! AQ may want to get their hands on it to replace one of their 732s! Yuk-yuk!

That would be a good thing actually
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RE: This B737-100 Should Be Preserved...

Thu Aug 17, 2006 8:33 pm

Quoting HAWK21M (Reply 13):
I always believed that One Model of Each Aircraft build should be preserved in a Museum Someplace.

Sort of like "Noah's Arch of Aviation". Big grin I like your idea, but due to space constraints, a place somewhere in a desert would be needed.
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RE: This B737-100 Should Be Preserved...

Thu Aug 17, 2006 9:05 pm

Quoting KBFIspotter (Reply 8):
N515NA is on display in the Airpark at the Museum of Flight, across Marginal Way from the main museum building. It is appropriate that this plane is here, parked next to RA001(the first 747), Concorde BOAG, the first VC-137, and soon E-1 (the first 727), as it served as the prototype for the very popular 737.

Don't forget that there is an AA 727-200 at the Museum of Flight too.
 
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RE: This B737-100 Should Be Preserved...

Fri Aug 18, 2006 2:45 am

Those pics are tough to look at, very sad.
 
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RE: This B737-100 Should Be Preserved...

Fri Aug 18, 2006 2:50 am

Quoting TriStar500 (Reply 16):
a place somewhere in a desert would be needed.

Any place.Thats the least We could do for these Birds.
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RE: This B737-100 Should Be Preserved...

Fri Aug 18, 2006 5:08 am

I agree that the 737 holds an extraordinarily important place in the annals of civil aviation, especially the original model, the -100.

Though the 737 has been the most successful jet airliner of all time in terms of the number of airframes built...

Quoting Moek2000 (Reply 12):
I've seen plenty of DC-3's at museums and I think and the 737 should be just as important. It is the most produced aircraft in the world right?

...the distiction of largest production run goes to the Antonov An-2, an aircraft still in production after some 60 years and 15,000 or so airframes:

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RE: This B737-100 Should Be Preserved...

Fri Aug 18, 2006 5:09 am

Didn't Led Zeppelin own their own 731?

NM, it was a 707:


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RE: This B737-100 Should Be Preserved...

Fri Aug 18, 2006 1:44 pm

Quoting MCIGuy (Reply 21):
Didn't Led Zeppelin own their own 731

The Pic def not a JT8D Inlet.So not a B737-100/200.
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RE: This B737-100 Should Be Preserved...

Sat Aug 19, 2006 4:20 am

Led Zeppelin did indeed fly in a custom Boeing 720 equipped with P&W JT-3C engines shown above. It was appropriately called The Starship. Here is a link which inaccurately describes the aircraft as a turbofan-powered 720B.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Starship