northseatiger
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Aircraft Hours

Mon Mar 08, 2004 8:14 am

Whats the longest amount of aircraft hours you have ever heard recorded for a single airframe ??

The most I know of is for a S-61 which was 43,000 and that was 6 years ago (that was the world record for the a/c type) and this aircraft is still in commercial service today, can anyone top that ??
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RE: Aircraft Hours

Mon Mar 08, 2004 8:19 am

Northseatiger, unless you are talking specifically helicopters, 43.000 is not a very large amount. Several of NW's DC9s are in the 70-100.000 hr range.
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RE: Aircraft Hours

Mon Mar 08, 2004 8:26 am

Cheers for the reply I did'nt know what kind of hours fixed wing airframes clocked up as I have seen some pics with peolpe saying "and it's clocked up some 4000 hrs" so I guess most stiff wings i.e 747's (older models) will have huge amounts of hours ??
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RE: Aircraft Hours

Mon Mar 08, 2004 8:28 am

Browsing around the internet for jets for sale, I've seen many in the 60-70,000 hour range. Maybe 43,000 hours is a record for a helicopter.

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RE: Aircraft Hours

Mon Mar 08, 2004 8:31 am

how many hours do you think are on the old DC-3's?(bunches still flying)
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RE: Aircraft Hours

Mon Mar 08, 2004 8:46 am

Northseatiger, you work in the oil shuttle service? I have a few friends working at CHC Astec in SVG.
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RE: Aircraft Hours

Mon Mar 08, 2004 8:55 am

According to Flight, there was a DC-10 in service with around 117,000 hours a few years ago.
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Mon Mar 08, 2004 9:59 am

Kaigywer yes I work for CHC Scotia in ABZ on the line.
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RE: Aircraft Hours

Mon Mar 08, 2004 10:02 am

Northseatiger, cool  Smile Then I've shipped a lot of (heavy!!) stuff to you. I used to work for WF in SVG. Lots of oil equipment, and stuff from CHC Astec Helikopter Servicen to CHC Scotia going as cargo SVG-ABZ.
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RE: Aircraft Hours

Mon Mar 08, 2004 10:25 am

Cool  Big thumbs up you will have sent us main rotor heads, main gearboxes, engines e.t.c ?? they are the big boxes for us !!
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Mon Mar 08, 2004 10:57 am

Here's a link to one of the oldest DHC-6's retired due to age it maxxed out on cycles/hrs 132,000cy/66,000 hrs which is the max safe life assigned to these A/C.
http://www.asmac.ab.ca/html/dehavilland_TwinOtter.html

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RE: Aircraft Hours

Tue Mar 09, 2004 3:22 am

SAA just retired their first 747-200 with 107,000 hours on.

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RE: Aircraft Hours

Tue Mar 09, 2004 7:39 am

There are several DC-3's with over 100,000 hours on them, and still going strong.
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RE: Aircraft Hours

Tue Mar 09, 2004 7:50 am

Wrenchbender- where did you get those numbers? The -6s I work on are around the 20,000 hr mark.
 
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RE: Aircraft Hours

Tue Mar 09, 2004 8:26 am

Avt007,
So are the CAF's, running 24-26 K on 4 frames ser #'s 304 thru 307. Note that the one Borek retired was ser #2, been around since 66 or so. I know the director of maint and he told me it had timed out on cycles. The other -6 in a museum, is here in YOW at the national aerospace museum it is ser #1 the deHavilland prototype that did all the certification flights. very low time on it.

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RE: Aircraft Hours

Tue Mar 09, 2004 12:58 pm


Airbus:
A300 C/N 079 44000 hrs
A310 C/N 409 47059 hrs
A319 C/N 700 12605
A320 C/N 164 44076
A321 C/N 597 20033
A330 C/N 096 23418
A340 C/N 058 42208

Boeing:
707 C/N 19966 69303 hrs
727 C/N 20732 78632
737 C/N 21960 117000 (!!!)
747 C/N 21660 108027
757 C/N 23822 70733
767 C/N 21869 78116
777 C/N 26917 33947

Douglas/McDD
DC8 C/N 46104 85846 hrs
DC9 C/N 45696 85325 hrs
DC10 C/N 47923 108088
MD80 C/N 49125 58288
MD11 C/N 48443 65474

Lockheed:
L1011 C/N 193C-1228 75741 hrs

Fokker:
F28 C/N 11054 56538 hrs
F100 C/N 11289 28502

BAE:
146 C/N E2093 40774 hrs

I've seen higher than on here, except for that 737-200 with 117k hours on it. NW flew 727s with up to 120,000 hours. DAS Air Cargo has a DC-10 with around 120,000 on it.
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RE: Aircraft Hours

Tue Mar 09, 2004 2:06 pm

I bet some B-52's are way up there!
 
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RE: Aircraft Hours

Tue Mar 09, 2004 3:11 pm

Corey07850,
Military acft actually rack up a lot less time than civil air carriers. About the highest Mil acft times I've heard of are the C-141's with 45,000 hrs, at 40 years old. The flip side is landing the cycles, which is more than triple most civil acft, for equivalent time. The military loooooooves touch and goes, and it is very common to do 10 or 15 on a 4 hr training sortie. The KC-10 is one example, at 20 years old, most of them average around the 17,000 hr mark, but our landing cycles are up around 10,000. The result is the ASIP (Aircraft Structural Integrity Program) models which predict stress area concentrations, show the KC-10 with the same levels of fatigue as the DC-10-30F's with twice the hours, but half the landings.

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