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Oldest Airplane/airliner Currently Flying?

Tue Jan 11, 2011 8:26 pm

Inspired by the Oldest Usaf Aircraft thread in MilAv/Space I was wondering what the current oldest airplane flying would be. I guessed it could be Bleriot or something similar and this turned out to be right (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bl%C3%A9riot_XI#Survivors). However this one is displayed in a museum and not actually flying. Even multiple different searches through Google and the famous uber-functional and amazingly consistent Airliners.net search function did not yield the answer to this question  

So does anyone know what the oldest airplane regular flying? (and let´s say by "regular" I mean at least once a year)

I guess the oldest airliner currently flying would be a DC-3? Is there currently a definitive "oldest airliner flying"?
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RE: Oldest Airplane/airliner Currently Flying?

Tue Jan 11, 2011 8:30 pm

Well the "newest" (ie last built) DC-4 is flying regularly down here. Several others too, and a DC-3 or two as well.
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RE: Oldest Airplane/airliner Currently Flying?

Tue Jan 11, 2011 8:54 pm

Are we talking about flying in regular scheduled airline service, or just still flying on sightseeing flights of for air displays?

I believe there are some Convairs still flying regular scheduled passenger flights in the Pacific and New Zealand, so they must be at least 55 years old now.


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RE: Oldest Airplane/airliner Currently Flying?

Tue Jan 11, 2011 9:03 pm

Quoting PlymSpotter (Reply 2):
Are we talking about flying in regular scheduled airline service, or just still flying on sightseeing flights of for air displays?

Well..lets say both? 

The CV-240 first flew 47, so probarbly quite a few DC-3s are older...
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RE: Oldest Airplane/airliner Currently Flying?

Tue Jan 11, 2011 9:28 pm

Hm let's see, the oldest?

Just catch a flight out of DTW on Delta, there you go.
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RE: Oldest Airplane/airliner Currently Flying?

Tue Jan 11, 2011 10:17 pm

Quoting travelavnut (Reply 3):
so probarbly quite a few DC-3s are older...

Forget about the DC-3. Let's start with the Aviodrome's DC-2. And there are probably older ones still. There are several DH.89 Dragon Rapides still flying, and I believe also one or two Ford Trimotors. All of them on scenic tours, not scheduled passenger or cargo service.
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RE: Oldest Airplane/airliner Currently Flying?

Tue Jan 11, 2011 10:23 pm

What about the LH Ju-52 ? Is it a pre-WW2 aircraft?
 
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RE: Oldest Airplane/airliner Currently Flying?

Tue Jan 11, 2011 10:29 pm

There is a scheduled DC3 flying from Pemba to Zanzibar in Tanzania
 
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RE: Oldest Airplane/airliner Currently Flying?

Tue Jan 11, 2011 10:33 pm

Found the link it's an ex USAF C47A

http://www.farhatjah.com/articles/DC3.pdf

I hope to try it the next time I am in Zanzibar!
 
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RE: Oldest Airplane/airliner Currently Flying?

Tue Jan 11, 2011 10:43 pm

Quoting petertenthije (Reply 5):
Quoting travelavnut (Reply 3):
so probarbly quite a few DC-3s are older...

Forget about the DC-3. Let's start with the Aviodrome's DC-2. And there are probably older ones still. There are several DH.89 Dragon Rapides still flying, and I believe also one or two Ford Trimotors. All of them on scenic tours, not scheduled passenger or cargo service.

You can still fly a Buffalo Airways DC-3 on a scheduled passenger flight once a day between Yellowknife (YZF) and Hay River (YHY) in Canada's Northwest Territories. The one in the video is close to 69 years old....built in 1942 as a C-47 for the USAAF.
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