Western737
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Preserve The Historic Planes

Sun Feb 11, 2001 5:40 am

I have few questions about what they are going to do with those historic planes...

As I recalled that Smithinson's Air & Space Museum is building a big museum at Dulles International airport to make room for Boeing's first 747-100 prototype. What else are they going to bring in?

Secondly, I think Boeing's museum hold the first 727-100 that was donated back from United Airlines. What happened or will happen to the first 727-200?

I know they are storing the first 737-100 somewhere till the space is avialable which I am assuming it will be going to Smithinson's Air & Space Museum along with 747-100?

I believed that Air Philippine is still flying the first 737-200 originally from United Airlines. Do you think they are going to preserve that plane too?

 
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RE: Preserve The Historic Planes

Sun Feb 11, 2001 8:50 am

I hope they can preserve the first DC-8 & first DC-10 too. The DC-10 is here in Arizona, awaiting conversion to a Fed Ex MD-10. The DC-8, I believe, is still out there somewhere in storage. The first DC-9 is probably history now. Some years ago I think I read that it was junked by the bank that repo it. A shame we can't save them all. Regards.
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RE: Preserve The Historic Planes

Sun Feb 11, 2001 11:52 am

DC-8 Ship One is parked at Marana, still wearing the AeroMexico markings in which it last flew. I'd love to see this historic plane restored.

Too many "firsts" have been scrapped. DC-9 Ship One was scrapped in 1992, wearing the markings of its last owner, Airsur, a Spanish charter airline that went belly up. When Legend retires its DC-9-20, I hope it will be preserved.

Pity, too, that the only surviving A300 B1, owned by TEA, was broken up. Hardly a deserving fate for an airliner that is the precursor of what made Airbus Industry a world-class builder of commercial airplanes.

The Boeing 737 prototype survives; it would be neat to see it joined by the first -200.

As for other early-generation jets (and any propliners), anything surviving, especially with a passenger interior, should somehow be restored. I know of only one Caravelle and one Comet in the US - both were truly groundbreaking designs. How about some Russian airliners? They would be interesting additions to any aviation museum.
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RE: Preserve The Historic Planes

Sun Feb 11, 2001 12:32 pm

Fanofjets, are you sure about the last A300B1? The last I heard was that 'Aline', the oldest Airbus still in existence and last of two B1 variants ever built. (c/n 02, first flight as F-WUAC on Feb 5, '73) is currently rotting away @ Brussels - Zaventem Airport. it is now owned by BIAC (Brussels International Airport Company) and used for evacuation training.

A gentleman by the name of Laurent has created a 'Save the Aline' foundation, and is raising funds to save her.

Last year there was a long thread of this piece of history: http://www.airliners.net/discussions/general_aviation/read.main/215782/

Some recent photos of Aline:


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RE: Preserve The Historic Planes

Sun Feb 11, 2001 12:49 pm

I saw the above photos and assumed that Aline had been broken up. I am encouraged by your news, Akelley728, and hope that you are correct and, by extension, that I am wrong. The preservation of this historic aircraft would be most welcome news to every aviation enthusiast.
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RE: Preserve The Historic Planes

Sun Feb 11, 2001 1:20 pm

It is depressing to see those pictures of that A300B1 in such an advanced state of dereliction. Hopefully she can be saved for posterity.

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RE: Preserve The Historic Planes

Mon Feb 12, 2001 12:12 am

What about the first 747-100 in production line, the N747PA?

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RE: Preserve The Historic Planes

Mon Feb 12, 2001 1:59 am


Hi!

The first 747 out of production line is history already, also like the first 707-120 from Pan Am, some Museum wanted to preserve it but at the end it was scrapped. About the first DC-8 I really hope someone can take really care, that plane as a bright history, it flew with Delta, Lufthansa, CPAir, TIA and Aeromexico, it would be a shame if they scrape it!!!
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Western737
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RE: Preserve The Historic Planes

Mon Feb 12, 2001 3:16 am

I also soon realized that Lockheed scrapped thier first L-1011 prototype plane even it wasn't that old when it was axed. What the shame to see those who has no particular interested or understand what the historic is all about. :-(

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RE: Preserve The Historic Planes

Mon Feb 12, 2001 3:24 am

I also soon realized that Lockheed scrapped the first L-1011 even it wasn't that old when it was axed. It was such a shame to see those people who have no particular interests or know what the importantance of preserving the historic planes are all about. :-(

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RE: Fanofjets

Mon Feb 12, 2001 5:10 pm

Where is the Comet you know about? I would love to see it. I've seen two Caravelles in the US. One is at BDL on display. I can't recall were I saw the other. It was sitting next to a fire station for practice drills.

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