|Quoting 747hogg (Thread starter):
I was wondering if anyone knew the history of the great experiment whereas the government slams a fully fueled 707 into steel grates to see if, sure nuff'... the thing blows up! What did that plane do for an honest living before some goons with a grant made a jolly good toy out of it?
The aircraft was owned by, as Da man said by the FAA and based in OKC
at the FAA operational headquarters. It was also at ADW
very often. I was built in 1962 for BN
, but was not taken up, and was transferred to Boeing Commercial sales for a year before it was sold to the FAA along with another Braniff-spec 720, it reg was N7078. It flew as a transport for FAA, DOT, and NTSB personnel to inspect wreakage and move safety teams conduct audits of Aviation operators. It was relieved from theis job when they acquired a 727 in 1973. The 720 then went on to be used as a testbed for the space programme, and was also used to as a testbed for pilotless aircraft, which is how it became used controlled crash in 1984. The aircraft firast carried a side number as N-113 in 1963, but then was changed to N-23 in 1965. It was stored in 1977 for a few years at MHV
. It was leased to Sperry Technologies, Unisys, and Honeywell before it was flown to EDW
in 1981. It was there until it took it's final flight in 1984. It only had about 5,000 hours on it when it was crashed. It's last reg was N2697V.
[Edited 2006-09-13 22:06:55]