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First 100,000 Hr 747

Thu Feb 22, 2001 2:39 am

Was it TWA or Korean ?

reg ?

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desertjets
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RE: First 100,000 Hr 747

Thu Feb 22, 2001 3:09 am

That honor goes to Braniff's 747-127 N601BN, better known as Fat Albert or the Big Pumpkin. From day one it flew every roundtrip from Dallas to Honolulu with few delays or cancellations. This feat was considered impossible. There was no sister-ship for Al. when Al had to go in for MX a 707 or DC8 filled in. It racked up hours faster than any other 747 at the time, though that has now been surpassed. But Al was the first.


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RE: First 100,000 Hr 747

Thu Feb 22, 2001 3:19 am

Then what happened to this Fat Albert? I assumed it was scrapped...?
 
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RE: First 100,000 Hr 747

Thu Feb 22, 2001 3:26 am

Al's last gasp was flying for Tower Air. Al transported troops for the Gulf War, after that Al rotted away at JFK from 1992 to 1994 when it was scrapped and made into Coke cans.
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RE: First 100,000 Hr 747

Thu Feb 22, 2001 3:44 am

poor Al  Sad I like that planes colour!hope they got lots of coke cans from him  Crying




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RE: First 100,000 Hr 747

Thu Feb 22, 2001 3:44 am

I don't have the same information. In 93 the 747 with highest flying hours was Sabena 747-129 OO-SGA with 96000 hours. The first that had more than 100.000 hours on the clock was TWA 747-131 ship N93104 (In 96 as far as I can remember).
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RE: First 100,000 Hr 747

Thu Feb 22, 2001 4:22 am

In the late 70's, I used to take an orange Braniff 747 from London to Dallas quite frequently. I remember the goofball interior pretty well. I was just a kid at the time, but hearing about the fall of Braniff and the bubblegum plane made me very sad when I heard about it. I didn't feel anything like that when British Caledonian, Pan Am, or any other lines I flew on a lot dissapeared.

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garuda
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RE: First 100,000 Hr 747

Thu Feb 22, 2001 5:39 pm

If I'm not mistaken, the Big Pumpkin is also the 100th B747 built. Can anyone confirm this??

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RE: First 100,000 Hr 747

Fri Feb 23, 2001 4:56 am

I thought the first 100,000hrs 747 was the Korean Air 747-230F (ex-Lufthansa) ???

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desertjets
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RE: First 100,000 Hr 747

Fri Feb 23, 2001 5:52 am

Fat Albert is the 100th 747 built. Just as an adendum to my earlier posts, I now believe that Al never made it to 100,000 hours, though if Braniff had not gone under it certainly might have. But after Braniff shutdown the previously mentioned Sabena 747 was the 747 accumlating hours at the fastest rate.

CFalk, the 747 you say may or may not have been Al. They did also have one 747-200B of their own, plus (I believe 2 SPs). They also leased several other 747s for short periods throughout the 70's. But Al certainly did do DFW-LGW in addition to its regular Hawaii run.
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RE: First 100,000 Hr 747

Fri Feb 23, 2001 5:54 am

When was this plane produced?
 
desertjets
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RE: First 100,000 Hr 747

Fri Feb 23, 2001 6:36 am

The Big Pumpkin was delivered to Braniff in January of 1971.
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