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Chopped FedEx Planes Near ATL

Sat Apr 21, 2012 7:12 am

I was just browsing ATL on Google Earth when I notice a parking lot just to the east of the airport with a couple of chopped-up planes in it. It looks like a FedEx 727 and a Fokker F-27. Does anyone know the story of what's happening here?

N33.644 E-84.397
What's going on?
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RE: Chopped FedEx Planes Near ATL

Sat Apr 21, 2012 7:18 am

Yep, they belong to and will be going to the National Commercial Aviation Museum across the street  
 
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RE: Chopped FedEx Planes Near ATL

Sat Apr 21, 2012 8:02 am

Right on!! Looks like they are also getting a catering truck!
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RE: Chopped FedEx Planes Near ATL

Sat Apr 21, 2012 8:59 am

Quoting United727 (Reply 1):
Yep, they belong to and will be going to the National Commercial Aviation Museum across the street

OK, thanks for the information. I'll have to pay a visit next time I'm in Atlanta.
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RE: Chopped FedEx Planes Near ATL

Sat Apr 21, 2012 11:23 am

Quoting United727 (Reply 1):

Yep, they belong to and will be going to the National Commercial Aviation Museum across the street  

http://www.nationalaviationmuseum.com/

If I remember correctly, that's where those a/c will be displayed eventually as the State Of Georgia donated that land (previously an underused park and ride lot) to the museum. The current museum location is a couple of miles south of there. It's about a 5-10 minute drive from my house, yet for some reason I've yet to go check it out. Originally, the museum was going to be located in Morrow, a couple of exits south of where the museum will eventually be built, but those plans fell through for some reason.

If I remember correctly, the 727 will retain the FX livery on one side while the other will be painted in a United livery (the a/c is ex-UA) and they will have the interior set up so that one section is set up like it was when in UA service and another in a cargo layout. They've also have an ex-DL 727, but it is parked in the desert and will eventually be shipped to Atlanta.

They really need to update their website, as there is not any mentions of them acquiring the two ex-FX a/c at all. The last "news" piece on the site is from 2009.
 
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RE: Chopped FedEx Planes Near ATL

Sat Apr 21, 2012 12:26 pm

They already have a catering truck. When I was there last May,they had a video of how they got the plane from ATL to where it is now.
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RE: Chopped FedEx Planes Near ATL

Sat Apr 21, 2012 7:48 pm

Quoting srbmod (Reply 4):
The current museum location is a couple of miles south of there

Sorry Steve, I was going by memory and thought it was closer than that!

Quoting srbmod (Reply 4):
They've also have an ex-DL 727, but it is parked in the desert and will eventually be shipped to Atlanta.

The DL 727 was N510DA and was chopped up in late 2010. Only the flight deck survived and supposedly it was already shipped from VCV? Maybe not?

Wholeheartedly agree with the delays of the web site updates. The same applies to the Museum of Flight in Washington. In a recent email to MoF, their reply stated that their volunteers are not "web" educated and they choose to do actual restoration rather then updating the web as that is what brings in the visitors/CASH!!!! MoF updates dated back to the early 2003/2004!!!!

[Edited 2012-04-21 12:55:58]
 
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RE: Chopped FedEx Planes Near ATL

Sun Apr 22, 2012 3:44 pm

The 727 is N113FE but I don t recall the F-27 reg.
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RE: Chopped FedEx Planes Near ATL

Sun Apr 22, 2012 5:47 pm

So thats how many parking spots a 727 would take up  
 
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RE: Chopped FedEx Planes Near ATL

Sun Apr 22, 2012 6:01 pm

I just drove by that yesterday on my way to the TOC. I think that road Frontage RD had a sign on the exit that said Airline Museum Drive. I could have sworn the Vertical stab was on the 727, and the wing outer panels. Hope they do come together soon.
 
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RE: Chopped FedEx Planes Near ATL

Sun Apr 22, 2012 7:50 pm

Interesting enough the propjets are intact but all three JT8D's and their nacelles are not in the photograph. I wonder if FE cashed in on the cores?
 
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RE: Chopped FedEx Planes Near ATL

Sun Apr 22, 2012 8:58 pm

Quoting United727 (Reply 10):

Nope. The 209s are at Atlanta Technical College. Also have an RB211-524 from Delta.

supposedly they were also trying to get the Airframe but it didn't work out.
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RE: Chopped FedEx Planes Near ATL

Sun Apr 22, 2012 10:04 pm

Quoting United727 (Reply 10):
Interesting enough the propjets are intact

Now that right there is an antiquated way to say turboprop. I don't think I've ever heard propjet used in such a manner.

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RE: Chopped FedEx Planes Near ATL

Mon Apr 23, 2012 5:31 am

Quoting DiamondFlyer (Reply 12):
Now that right there is an antiquated way to say turboprop. I don't think I've ever heard propjet used in such a manner.

That's how I was introduced to the beasts many, many years ago! The are indeed jet (turbine) engines that turn props. Propjets, it is!
 
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RE: Chopped FedEx Planes Near ATL

Mon Apr 23, 2012 11:35 pm

Quoting United727 (Reply 6):
Wholeheartedly agree with the delays of the web site updates. The same applies to the Museum of Flight in Washington. In a recent email to MoF, their reply stated that their volunteers are not "web" educated and they choose to do actual restoration rather then updating the web as that is what brings in the visitors/CASH!!!! MoF updates dated back to the early 2003/2004!!!!

Check out this site - its not official MoF, but it has inside info and is updated frequently: http://www.rbogash.com/

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