|Quoting kellmark (Reply 4):|
There was an Eastern Connie used for awhile as an engine ferry around the system. It would often be in Miami.
This cargo Connie N8227* or ship #254 as it was affectionately known was used for various cargo type trips and also for moving engines - JT3D's, JT4A's and JT8D's - to aircraft needing engine changes at out stations. #254 was crewed by supervisory crews - the same guys that did the engine out ferry's. The last trip (or next to last trip) was hauling a JT8D to from MIA
was weathered in and #254 circled until low on fuel than set down at PIT
, refueled and waited a while to go on to CLE
through an expected clearing in the weather but after circling CLE
and not being able to land due to the weather not opening as expected. On the return from circling CLE
, #254 had to have METO
(maximum except take off) power applied to get back over the weather; during the METO
power excursion one of the engines had to be shut down and #254 returned to PIT
with one feathered. Oh, the JT8D got unloaded and trucked PIT
. Total time elapsed was about two days. After that, engines/powerplants were trucked when necessary. (Cost to fly vs. truck was about 4 to 5x).
#254 was parked on the north side of the Building 20 phase docks and a major check was accomplished over the next several months. I remember that junior mechanics had to work on her as the senior folks had already done duty. A number of jugs had to be changed and when work was being accomplished, the base nurse parked her first aid van close by.
#254 was sold to some enterprising folks whose business it was to fly racing horses about the world. Their first trip was from MIA
to Australia and back. (I just can't imagine being that far from land on that frame).
Finally, #254's parking spot behind the MIA
engine shop was a thick oil soaked spot. Most of that oil spot eventually decomposed and disappeared in the next ten years or so.
*My best recollection, but it might be missing an alpha....
: EAL's L-188's:
The Electra's were done in and put out to pasture in 1977 when the number of spare powerplant's was managed to a minimum level. The Allison shop was shut down and the tooling sold.
It was however a happy day as the A300B4's had begun arriving....