Airliners Muesums

Tue Aug 22, 2000 3:26 pm

We are looking every where for a Douglas DC-7C.
Why is it that a airliners museum is not a big favourite by the general public?
Also why can't the big airliners corporations help the little boy's?
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RE: Airliners Muesums

Tue Aug 22, 2000 10:10 pm


Have you tried the US Air Force Museum? They may have a web site but I do not know if they have one on display or storage. You could also try other nation's aviation museums, both public and private. Perhaps you could try the Confederate Air Force based in the USA - if they do not have one they may be able to point you in the right direction. Perhaps a few -7C's are still being used as fire tankers, although I could be totally wrong on that since the -7C's Wright turbo-compound radials were known to be temperamental & the plane is/was very expensive to operate....maybe some small cargo airline somewhere in the world still operates one?? Try & go to their links section at the bottom of their page - maybe you'll find something there!

As for why aviation museums are not too terribly popular w. the general public, here in the US we have a pretty fair number and each time I've gone to one, there always has been a good amount of people there!

Don't know what you mean about "the big airliners corporations help the little boy's" !!!

Good luck in your search!!!
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RE: Airliners Muesums

Thu Aug 24, 2000 3:43 am

Certain airlines, I believe, are starting to make museums of their past planes. Delta did some research about Mojave 880s for their museum. Unfortunately they waited too long. Now their past Convairs are paper clips and foil.

The Lucern air museum is probably a good one to visit. I personally would like to visit an airliner museum in a big hanger. I'd want to see the basic DCs, the Boeings from the B-17 derivitive to the 747, the Lockheeds, Convairs, Martins, Fairchilds, a Caravelle, Comet, Trident and those marvelous Russian craft. Plus all those I forgot.

Yes, this is a very good idea. But there is a fly in the ointment. Most of these planes will have to be flown at least one more time. This is dangerous and expensive.

I hope a leader in the world makes this happen.

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RE: Airliners Muesums

Thu Aug 24, 2000 4:41 am

This month's Airliners Magazine features a beautiful centerfold of a cargo 'seven flying with a reputable freight outfit in the Caribbean, along with a profile of another of the big Dougs used as a fire bomber. The former is in a polished bare metal scheme with American Airlines stripes, while the latter features the basic cheatlines of Delta - both indeed welcome sights to any propliner enthusiast. The ex-Delta bird still has its original five-seat lounge!

I, too, wish there were more airliner museum pieces in the US; the British have done an admirable job in this respect.

I am glad that the Boeing jet airliner prototypes are being preserved. What a pity Airbus didn't do the same with the ex-TEA A300 B2 - she was the forerunner of the consortium's many fine planes today. And then there is DC-8 Ship One, languishing in the desert. Will she ever be restored?

The preservation of historic aeronautical artifacts is critically important: once gone, they are gone forever. Boeing 367 Stratocruiser, anyone?
The aeroplane has unveiled for us the true face of the earth. -Antoine de Saint-Exupery

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