I just got back from a weekend in Iran, chasing 707s. The schedule consists of a morning roundtrip to Mashhad (out 0830 / 0940, rtn 1030 / 1140) and an evening roundtrip to Ahwaz (out 1800 / 1910, rtn 2000 / 2110). Fares are about $70 per sector. Bookable in Iranian travel agencies or the Saha ticket desk in terminal four at Mehrabad. At this point they are totally used to seeing 707 fans, I was there with three other friends, this week I know there is an enthusiast from Germany, from Switzerland, and two from Japan in Iran to fly 707s. Even the skymarshalls are smiley and friendly, we have educated them.
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EP-SHG. 707 3J9C. 20830/870. Saha Air Lines
EP-SHP. 707 3J9C. 20835/895. Saha Air Lines
EP-SHV. 707 3J9C. 21125/912. Saha Air Lines
EP-SHK. 707 3J9C. 21128/917. Saha Air Lines severely damaged WFU on 3 Aug 09.
EP-SHU. 707 3J9C. 21126/914. Saha Air Lines (recently?) WFU and parked at Teheran
Just to clarify some info here.
-SHG. 707 3J9C. 20830/870 -
Poor old Golf. She was flying until a couple of months ago, but the real dog of the fleet. More returns to land than you can imagine - cabin pressure failure, control problems, I was onboard in June during a go-around and the inboard flaps retracted to 0 and the outboards jammed at 50. Lots of vibration and I was pretty scared. Sorry to start with such a sad tale! She's parked now, either for a long check or to be used a christmas tree for parts.
-SHP. 707 3J9C. 20835/895 -
Never heard of this reg, and that line no was EP
-IRJ and converted to a restaurant at Mehrabad airport. No 707 hunting visit to the Islamic Republic is complete without a tasty meal here.
. 707 3J9C. 21125/912. Saha Air Lines -
Got a new interior, the 70s style "widebody" interior like a 727-200ADV, robbed from Iran Air EP
-IRL. She's the only machine flying at the moment, and they are flying the paint off her. A reliable machine, my first Saha 707 flight was with Victor.
-SHK. 707 3J9C. 21128/917. Saha Air Lines -
...was severely damaged and withdrawn from use on 3 Aug 09 - correct, and after being ferried to Mehrabad (where she landed nose first, scotching any plans to reintroduce her to the line), is being used for parts.
-SHU. 707 3J9C. 21126/914. Saha Air Lines -
...has been (recently?) WFU and parked at Teheran - correct. She's there somewhere, will probably return to service.
. 707 3J9C. 21127/915. Saha Air Lines -
Written off in a crash in 2005, two killed by impact and one drowned in evacuation. The nose section has been removed, the rest of the airframe is on the military ramp and used for parts. Engines are removed and used for parts.
As some of you know, Iran is a very friendly and civilised country and well worth a visit for her unique history (5,000 years' worth) and culture. You are absolutely guaranteed a kind and polite welcome, I have been eight times over the years and travelled with aviation enthusiasts of every nationality including Americans, and have never come across any hostility at all. Quite the opposite - welcome to Iran, do you need any help, do you need directions, I hope you enjoy your stay etc. It's almost embarrassing, especially in the light of a first-timer's preconceptions. And English is very widely spoken. If you want to fly on a 707, you have to go. And when the 707s are finally grounded, you'll go back, as I will, cos it's such a wonderful place.
fly Saha Air 707s daily from Tehran's downtown Mehrabad to Mashhad, Kish Island and Ahwaz