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AA 747

Thu Sep 27, 2001 3:19 am

I do not believe that American Airlines have ever operated 747s! I was going through my Herpas and I found a 1:500 perfect condition American Airlines Boeing 747-200. Is this a mistake? Is this worth some $$$$? Or did AA really operate 747s and I am just an idiot!
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RE: AA 747

Thu Sep 27, 2001 3:55 am

They did operate a lot of 747-123s in both pax and cargo configurations, in the 70'. They had also 2 747SP-31s (ex-TWA), sold in 1991. The 100s offered too much capacity and were eventually sold while the SPs were replaced by MD11s.
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RE: AA 747

Thu Sep 27, 2001 4:01 am

Dragon Wings also has a model of a American Airlines 747
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RE: AA 747

Thu Sep 27, 2001 7:22 pm

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RE: AA 747

Fri Sep 28, 2001 10:19 am

Isn't the top pic the plane used in Airport '75?
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RE: AA 747

Sat Sep 29, 2001 3:29 pm

American ordered & took delivery of 16 early model 747-100's. The oil crisis in '73 resulted in reduced demand for air travel and the -100's were too large. The fleet was reduced (some sold, some converted to cargo). Don't forget, AA was primarily a domestic carrier in the mid-70's. As air travel rebounded, AA focused on growing their DC-10-10 fleet.

The 747-100's were eventually removed from service even though they were now used on DFW-LGW, the first AA transatlantic route.

The 747SP's were used initially on JFK-LHR when that route was purchased from TWA. They were later used on DFW-NRT until replaced by the MD-11.

When AA was bidding for the ORD-NRT route in the early '90's, they proposed leasing 2 747-400's from their partner Canadian. The route authority went to UA and the 744's weren't needed. although AA now operates the route with the 772.

I dumped at the gybe mark in strong winds when I looked up at a Porter Q400 on finals. Can't stop spotting.

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