BR715-A1-30
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Starting A Spotters Fund

Tue Apr 15, 2003 9:57 pm

Ok, This is an idea that came to me, and I do not know if it will work, but that is why I am telling you.

For all of us spotters who are so ticked off at the airport popos, Why don't we all set up a fund where each of us can contribute money from time to time. Now before I go any further, without alot of help from each other, this will take a long long long time. But what we could do, is raise up enough money, and have a Boeing 767-200 painted in Airliners.net colors on one side, and jetPhotos.net colors on the other. Then we could tour the country fighting for our right to spot. We could hire John Travolta as our pilot. Like I said, this would cost a whole lot of money, but who said it isn't worth it.

Ok, Now if you guys think this is stupid, we can lock up the thread and go home, but if there are any serious takers who are good at accounting, by all means, lets get our asses to work, and show those Government Politicians that we are NOT dangerous.
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777236ER
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RE: Starting A Spotters Fund

Tue Apr 15, 2003 10:18 pm

You want to:

1. Buy a 767-200
2. Maintain a 767-200
3. Hire pilots (and train John Travolta?)
4. Paint a 767-200
5. Convince the FAA to let you fly people around in a 767-200
6. Fly people around to airports

?!
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KROC
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RE: Starting A Spotters Fund

Tue Apr 15, 2003 10:47 pm

This would be a perfect Anti-drug commercial.
 
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lindy field
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RE: Starting A Spotters Fund

Tue Apr 15, 2003 11:10 pm

Sounds like a great plan. I'm sure that if I look under the sofa cushions I ought to be able to scrounge up somewhere between two and three million dollars toward the 767-200.

But, now that I think about it, I won't donate the money unless the tail of the aircraft features a stylized rendition of my face a la Alaska Airlines. I'm a lot better looking than that eskimo so you can be sure that spotters will flock from all over the world to see the aircraft bearing my visage.

Also, I think a 757-200 would really be much more elegant, and possibly a little cheaper. It would also have the benefit of being able to fly into Midway.
 
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RE: Starting A Spotters Fund

Wed Apr 16, 2003 12:02 am

A Boeing Company Commercial Airplane Group Boeing 747-400, as flown by Singapore Airlines Limited Corp. Company Business Conglomerate would be a better choice. Flown by Singapore Airlines Pilots (like CX_flyboy, only better) and served by Singapore Girls, all of whom would make great wives and who dispense quality tampons.

For shame! You suggested a 767-200, which is not flown by Singapore Airlines!!

Signed,
Singapore Air

Running total of funds raised so far: $0
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RE: Starting A Spotters Fund

Wed Apr 16, 2003 2:48 am

Lindy field- That's an Eskimo? I always thought it looked like Abe Lincoln.......... Smile
 
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RE: Starting A Spotters Fund

Wed Apr 16, 2003 3:04 am

I have seen you Lindy Field...I think the Eskimo/Abe Lincoln has you beat.  Smile

 
dc-10 levo
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RE: Starting A Spotters Fund

Wed Apr 16, 2003 3:23 am

Here are some average prices:

717 = $37 million

737-600 = $44 million

737-700 = $51 million

737-800 = $60 million

737-900 = $64 million

747-400 = $200 million

757-200 = $74 million

767-200 = $108 million

767-300 = $128 million

777 = $200 million

Does it have to be a 767?
$108,000,000 is the price for a brand new plane, we could always buy second hand and then just paint it. Big grin I like this idea!

DC-10
 
777236ER
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RE: Starting A Spotters Fund

Wed Apr 16, 2003 3:37 am

Amount needed: $108,000,000 + cost of pilots, F/As, MX and fuel.

Amount obtained: $0
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aa61hvy
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RE: Starting A Spotters Fund

Wed Apr 16, 2003 4:27 am

Why A.net and Jp.net? Why not Airlinepics.com?
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N139J
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RE: Starting A Spotters Fund

Wed Apr 16, 2003 4:37 am

777236ER-
 Smile/happy/getting dizzy I like that second one...but don't forget to add in-

airport use costs for EVERY airport you land at

contract costs for ground crew...someone needs to fuel, load, push and marshall the plane

full-time pilots (2 are required, and where in the he#l did Travolta come from??)

I think you are going to need a tad more than just a few spotters' donations to cover this...why dont we all buy lottery tickets and hope for the best....100 times in a row!
 
Continental
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RE: Starting A Spotters Fund

Wed Apr 16, 2003 6:18 am

It's never going to happen. It's too much money. NO, IT'S NOT GONNA HAPPEN. IT'S OVER.

co
 
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RE: Starting A Spotters Fund

Wed Apr 16, 2003 7:10 am

And don't forget: paint, parking fees, maintenance, catering...
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Jj
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RE: Starting A Spotters Fund

Wed Apr 16, 2003 7:42 am

I understood he wanted to pay an airline for it to paint a plane (like Western Pacific used to do).... anyway...... well...... jsut toooooooooooooooo imaginative. But I will contribute with a cent. So, 777236er, put my cent in the amount obtained!
 
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RE: Starting A Spotters Fund

Wed Apr 16, 2003 8:22 am

Amount needed: $108,000,000.00 + paint, parking fees, maintenance, catering, flight crew, flight attendants, ground crew, landing fees, fuel.

Amount obtained: £0.01
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sharpnfuzzy
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RE: Starting A Spotters Fund

Wed Apr 16, 2003 8:31 am

Yeah, i'm not sure why everyone is automatiaclly jumping to the conclusion that the aircraft must be purchased, i'm sure there would be airlines out there willing to give up a plane for a short term lease which would probably cost much less....

...still, the massive scale of this plan gives it little chance of happening.
 
N139J
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RE: Starting A Spotters Fund

Wed Apr 16, 2003 9:35 am

All joking aside, the government will never back off...at least not for awhile.
I am not calling anyone here dangerous, so don't get me wrong. I worked at an airport before and after 9/11 so I know many of the security measures instated. There is just too much of a chance that someone may try to harm an aircraft while trying to pass as a spotter. I understand that you all like to spot the planes, but think of the bigger picture here. As much as you like to just sit and watch, others like just as much to aim a SAM. With today's chances for terrorisim worldwide, the government just cannot allow people to be that close. Sometimes we all have to give up a little for the security of the entire population. i admire your will to "fight for your right", but maybe you should take up another hobby, at least for the time being.

-Jason
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Jj
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RE: Starting A Spotters Fund

Wed Apr 16, 2003 10:28 am

thanks 777!!!!!! Does anybody know how much do airlines charge to lease for....say..... one week, an airplane?
 
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RE: Starting A Spotters Fund

Wed Apr 16, 2003 11:22 am

Umm yeah this thread should be locked up! Anyways perhaps a little to hopefull, but maybe you could buy an old car in the $1-500 dollar range paint it and drive around the country? Lol!
 
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RE: Starting A Spotters Fund

Wed Apr 16, 2003 4:27 pm

Why don't we buy a Cessna or some other small a*s plane and use that, then put a Travolta mask on a pilot, find some (one) good looking flight attendent (don't think more will fit) and do it that way. We could paint the aircraft and tow a great big streamer as well!
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RE: Starting A Spotters Fund

Thu Apr 17, 2003 4:01 am

I've already called the Center for the Retarded to have BR715 picked up.
You all can visit him there.
 
N139J
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RE: Starting A Spotters Fund

Thu Apr 17, 2003 4:43 am

Greg-
You beat me to it!!

-Jason
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RE: Starting A Spotters Fund

Thu Apr 17, 2003 9:51 am

Great idea until you mentioned that chubby-faced bisexual poser John Travolta. He is unrespected in the aviation sector.
 
aa61hvy
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RE: Starting A Spotters Fund

Thu Apr 17, 2003 10:16 am

I hope you are being sarcastic!
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brianhames
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RE: Starting A Spotters Fund

Thu Apr 17, 2003 10:37 am

John Travolta would be the most expensive part of that deal.

You know, we could save A LOT of money by going out into the desert late at night and fire up one of those pickled widebody jets and steal it. Forge up some documents to claim it belongs to whoever, then we'd just need to fund painting. But then there is maintenance, foxy flight attendants, etc.

If you want, I'll steal the 767 for you. I'll just need to brush up with Wilco Pub 767: PIC on flight sim a little before hand. I'll just have to besure to take out the transponder in attempts to avoid an F-15 escot.

Let me know,

Brian
 
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RE: Starting A Spotters Fund

Fri Apr 18, 2003 9:42 am

 
Dash8King
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RE: Starting A Spotters Fund

Fri Apr 18, 2003 11:09 am

BR715-A1-30 your posts never cease to amaze me.

Why stop with a 762? Why not the A380? How about every single airplane that has ever been manufactured? I mean it couldn't take that long to save up could it?
 
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RE: Starting A Spotters Fund

Fri Apr 18, 2003 11:35 am

Dash8King, according to calculations your plan would take..........32,000 years!!!!  Wow!  Wow!

co
 
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RE: Starting A Spotters Fund

Fri Apr 18, 2003 11:37 am

Why don't you offer BA 1 pound for a concord?
 
dc-10 levo
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RE: Starting A Spotters Fund

Fri Apr 18, 2003 6:25 pm

We've got to start saving now. How about buying a second hand 767? There has got to be some lying around in the Mojave desert. We'll save about $50 million there.

So, how much do we have now?

DC-10
 
N139J
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RE: Starting A Spotters Fund

Sat Apr 19, 2003 12:03 am

I think the total is still at $0.01 thanks to a very generous donation by our very own Jj! Thanks man! Any other takers? I checked my pockets yesterday, but came up a bit short. Oh well. 777236ER is keeping a running tab, so anyone who can muster up a penny or two, let him know! 32,000 years and counting!  Smile/happy/getting dizzy

-Jason
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RE: Starting A Spotters Fund

Sat Apr 19, 2003 12:45 am

I am willing to donate $10.00. So, I believe the total is now $10.01! Come on guys donate!!!!

Regards

Monarch
 
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RE: Starting A Spotters Fund

Sat Apr 19, 2003 1:51 am

We need lots more advertising if we're gonna make the money. How about persuading Johan to put a banner on the forums.  Smile/happy/getting dizzy We'd get lots more money and hopefully be able to buy the 767. So are we getting a new one or a used one?

DC-10
 
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RE: Starting A Spotters Fund

Sat Apr 19, 2003 7:32 am

DC10-
You really aren't serious are you?? This whole idea is a joke...well it might as well be since it will never happen.

-jason
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RE: Starting A Spotters Fund

Sat Apr 19, 2003 9:18 am

In a way this is possible, but woule take a whole lot of work and contributions to work. I would actually recomend a 737 of Aestreus to do the job, they lease them out. That way you would be able to make ALOT more stops on your 'freedom fighting' trip. Just get usual pilots to fly the damn thing (possibly Easyjet or Ryanair crew, as they are the cheapest) and just get John Trivolta to endorse it. Paint could be expensive, so why not leave the Aestreus titles on and make a 'hybrid' scheme, would sure as hell be popular by a.net photographers  Big grin. When it comes to catering use the cheapest of them all, Aviance. Also make it a full Economy layout using only the legal minimum seat pitch. Also charge the people wishing to fly on this aircraft HEAVILY. about the price of concordes final return journey to JFK, but 4 X as expensive. Then all you have to do is get off-peak slot times at the airports you want to visit and leave less than an hour later so the prices of parking dont kill the trip.......

Then i recon you could do it, otherwise you may need to become the chancellor of the exchequer of the United Kingdom to use all tax funds. Mind you spending all the UK's tax funds on it is probably better than what its been spent on at the moment.

Yours Sincerely,
Jason Nicholls
(p.s, for giving this advice i expect at least the jumpseat for the whole reound the world trip FREE).

:P
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RE: Starting A Spotters Fund

Sat Apr 19, 2003 1:45 pm

767-200: $100,000,000
Flight Crew (yearly): $150,000
Catering: $15.00 per meal
Watching this thread turn into one hilarious dream: Priceless

Reminds me of that SNL skit where OJ holds a telethon to the $33,000,000 he needed to pay off the civil suit judgment and he gets...$37.00...LOL

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VonRichtofen
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RE: Starting A Spotters Fund

Sat Apr 19, 2003 4:14 pm

"Then i recon you could do it"

I'm sorry, but there's no bloody way. Unless EVERY A.net member was willing to donate their entire income on a monthly basis, this will never happen. And if they did manage to get it going why would A.netters pay 4x the price of a concord ticket when they could just fly a normal airline for much less? Kind of an expensive way to show airports that spotters aren't dangerous.

And who says John Travolta would endorse this? I think the thread starter has been watching too many Disney movies.

NOT GONNA HAPPEN
 
dc-10 levo
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RE: Starting A Spotters Fund

Sat Apr 19, 2003 6:51 pm

Not I'm not serious, but it would be really cool if this could happen.

DC-10
 
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RE: Starting A Spotters Fund

Sat Apr 19, 2003 11:22 pm

767-200: $100,000,000
Flight Crew (yearly): $150,000
Catering: $15.00 per meal
Watching this thread turn into one hilarious dream: Priceless


LMAO!
 
Continental
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RE: Starting A Spotters Fund

Sun Apr 20, 2003 1:53 am

USAFhummer, you got it all wrong!! It's not $100,000,000, it's $108,000,000. $150,000 annually for the crew? There's F/As, pilots, engineers, etc. It'd come out to like $8-900,000!!!! BR, thanks for the laugh!!

co
 
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RE: Starting A Spotters Fund

Sun Apr 20, 2003 4:45 am

I'll just have to besure to take out the transponder in attempts to avoid an F-15 escot.

Why don't we just turn it off and save us a transponder?? Big grin

I think we should get this plane:

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USAFHummer
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RE: Starting A Spotters Fund

Sun Apr 20, 2003 8:28 am

Eh, I meant cockpit crew...I figure 100k for the Captain and 50k for the f/o or something like that...lol

My apologies in advance (well not so advance anymore lol) to MasterCard and their employees in case they want to sue me for ripping off their priceless ad campaign  Big grin

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crank
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RE: Starting A Spotters Fund

Sun Apr 20, 2003 8:56 am

This is all we need, fresh out of production:


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crank
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RE: Starting A Spotters Fund

Sun Apr 20, 2003 8:59 am

...and I could be the pilot to save some money, but, VFR only please.
 
N766UA
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RE: Starting A Spotters Fund

Sun Apr 20, 2003 9:29 am

I'll donate 14 cents and a spork. Oh and a Subway napkin.
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N139J
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RE: Starting A Spotters Fund

Sun Apr 20, 2003 11:23 am

N766UA- I'll do you one better-I'll donate that subway SUB i have in the fridge that was never eaten! So whats the tally now??

-Jason
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soontobepilot
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RE: Starting A Spotters Fund

Sun Apr 20, 2003 11:28 am

I've been thinking about this, and have come up with a solution... Don't hire a flight crew at all!!! Heck, I could fly the thing. I can get a flight completed without crashing in flight simulator about 5% of the time... is that good enough odds for all the a.net people who will be flying with me???

LOL, this thread is one of the most pointless ones ever.

Oh... I'll donate five cents and an inflighat mag from the year 2000 that can be photocopied for everyone on board the a/c.

Why not just commission a space shuttle mission, and paint the tiles in a.net colors? Or, the Russian government is cash-starved enough to offer public rides on their fighters, maybe we could buy their space shuttle copy (I forgot what it is called) for cheap!

-STBP
 
Continental
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RE: Starting A Spotters Fund

Sun Apr 20, 2003 11:53 pm

Hell, I'll even paint the damn thing! They don't require special paint do they? I'm sure the art skills and paint in my garage is fine.

co
 
VonRichtofen
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RE: Starting A Spotters Fund

Mon Apr 21, 2003 6:38 am

Speaking of Subs, maybe we could get Jared to sponsor us? Big grin
 
Jj
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RE: Starting A Spotters Fund

Mon Apr 21, 2003 8:36 am

I've been checking, and I have a spare safety cards of each aircraft that's been mentioned in this thread, sojust like Soontobepilot dos with the mag, I'll donate the Safety Cards needed, for you to photocopy and place it in each seat.

And I'll donate one cent more, as you're really working hard on this and need this very big impulse Big grin

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