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Then And Now, First Off The Line Or Famous Planes

Sun Oct 23, 2005 4:36 am

I am sure many of us have a favorite aircraft or have interests in different types and we probably have researched their origins, history etc. Does anyone know where the first off the line of any aircraft model happens to be now? Maybe have some photos?. For example my favorite Aircraft is the 747 and the first one built is still at Boeing being displayed with some other aircrafts. Maybe it was a aircraft famous because of a special flight it did , was part of a historic event or performed a special role such as Air Force One. It would be interesting to know the fate of these planes which at some point individually made the news for some reason of the other. I am sure others have been curious as to what happened to the first 727, DC8,DC10, MD11, A300, etc, etc. Thanks.
 
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RE: Then And Now, First Off The Line Or Famous Pla

Sun Oct 23, 2005 4:50 am

The first MD-11 is with FedEx (N601FE), first A300 was scrapped (I believe as early as 1976). The first A320 and first A340 are still with Airbus, first A330 is with Cathay Pacific (B-HLJ), who also have the first 777 (B-HNL). The first A310 went to Swissair, who later sold it to FedEx, who still operate it (N450FE).
 
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RE: Then And Now, First Off The Line Or Famous Pla

Sun Oct 23, 2005 7:46 pm

The first 767 is was used in a surveillance programe but now just in the desert:


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Photo © Sam Chui



The first 757 was used in a radar programe and still is used:


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Photo © Shawn Byers



The first 737 flew first for lufthansa and is now scrapped I believe


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Photo © Gerhard Plomitzer



The first 747 has been since restored and is now in the muesum of flight:


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Photo © Sharkey



The first 727 flew for united and now is at the muesum of flight:


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Photo © Dmitry Avdeev



The first DC-10 flew for American and was converted to MD-10 in 2000:


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Photo © Frank C. Duarte Jr.



The first DC9 flew for Trans Texas Airways and was scrapped in Texas:


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Photo © Mel Lawrence



The first Commercial Jet the Comet flew for BOAC and is now at the muesum of flight:


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Photo © Jason Pineau




Hope this helps

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RE: Then And Now, First Off The Line Or Famous Pla

Tue Oct 25, 2005 12:15 am

Quoting Aviation (Reply 2):
The first 727 flew for united and now is at the muesum of flight:

When did it arrive there? During my visit there last August, the only parked 727 I saw was one from AA (a 727-200).
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RE: Then And Now, First Off The Line Or Famous Pla

Tue Oct 25, 2005 12:36 pm

Its been there for a long time!

Probably outside in a hanger somewhere, don't exactly know myself.


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RE: Then And Now, First Off The Line Or Famous Pla

Tue Oct 25, 2005 7:12 pm

The first Boeing 707, a.k.a. 367-80 and "Dash 80", is currently on display at the Smithsonian's Stephen F. Udvar-Hazy Center at IAD. It is flanked by the Enola Gay and an Air France Concorde.
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RE: Then And Now, First Off The Line Or Famous Pla

Wed Oct 26, 2005 6:39 pm

Quoting Aviation (Reply 2):
The first 737 flew first for lufthansa and is now scrapped I believe

No, the first 737 was sold to NASA, and now is parked at the Museum of Flight at Boeing Field with the aforementioned first 747 and the former AA 727-200 that PHLBOS saw. Also there are the VC-137B (707-120B) that was one of the first jets to fly as Air Force One, and the Concorde G-BOAG. The first 727 is the one you see in the pictures that Aviation posted above, and is at the Museum's restoration center at Paine Field, along with the Comet. However, this Comet is a 4C, the last production model, and was originally flown by Mexicana. BOAC never flew the 4C variant.
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