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Memphis Group Pic's

Mon Jan 13, 2003 9:39 am

I am glad to see someone finally uploaded pics from there. I read about that place a few years ago. They only dismantle there,once they land they don't leave. I wonder how access is ? Anyways,looking forward to more!

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RE: Memphis Group Pic's

Mon Jan 13, 2003 11:05 am

Ooooooh, I guess I let the secret out now!  Innocent

yeah, those are mine. I made a contact thru someone of the guy who's in charge of the place, and drove down there this week. This guy has been doing scrapping for 27 years and is a pro at it. he treats all the planes like they are his kids. Some people like to show you pics of their grandkids, but this guy has photo albums in his office of planes he's scrapped. He is photographer-friendly however, i dont know how he would react to a flood of requests.

It is not a storage facility. Planes only come in for one reason: to be scrapped. He only has 34 planes now, and I guess he'll rotate them out every few months once they get all the good parts out, then they're busted up. There isn't a tremendous variety - only DC-10s, 727s, and two DC-9s and one 747. No Airbus jets now - but he says he is the only licensed Airbus dismantling facility. They did have an A300 last year. It's not the kind of place you visit frequently because it takes them time to go thru the planes, get rid of them, and get more. Looking at the pics i have, his facility will look the same a month from now.

I took pics of nearly every plane they have, and some "different" pics like engines, cockpits (all but one are stripped out and I'm sure that one will go soon), and a couple cabins. I have individual pics of each of the planes in that lineup picture too. As my caption said, it's the first of a series; I'm going to be uploading all of them so look for them, mixed in with my IAH photos.

Some viewers may be surprised by the fact that many of the planes pictured now partially scrapped were flying (and pics uploaded) as late as last summer, so they are very early in the scrapping process. For example, here is N157US:

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I'm quite honored to have the first pics on airliners.net of this facility.

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RE: Memphis Group Pic's

Mon Jan 13, 2003 1:54 pm

Bruce,
Thanks for sharing those! What a neat place to visit. Looking forward to seeing more from there.

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RE: Memphis Group Pic's

Mon Jan 13, 2003 3:25 pm

What really hit me about touring those heavy jets was both the sheer size and complexity of these machines. The perspective of "size" when you stand under a DC-10 is really eye-opening. The landing gear itself is so huge that it's hard to think of a liftoff scene where they so gently and gracefully float off the runway.

I saw the inside of a cargo 747 and what little interior finishing it ever had was stripped, revealing massive pipes running the entire length of the ceiling, and all the wiring in the flight deck, then you realize what an incredibly complex machine that is. But when you watch it in action, it looks so easy and graceful. I'm still amazed that all of that weight can even get off the ground without a rocket.

That's half of the attraction of flight for me. Besides the scenery of our world seen from flight, it's the machines themselves. You wouldn't think that something that huge and complex could be as graceful as it is. The little Northwest DC-9 was parked nearly under the 747's wing and honestly, it looked as if it could completely fit inside the 747's fuselage...that's how great the size difference was.

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RE: Memphis Group Pic's

Mon Jan 13, 2003 10:12 pm

I remember the first time I got to walk under a large jet . It was the time I went to Maxton,NC. I never got to walk under a large jet before. I got to look into the forward baggage compartment that was open. That was one of the NW 747's that was still in the 'Orient' scheme. I also got to read the maintenance schedule for the nosegear.
I also got to walk under a World DC-10-30 in FLL. Looking forward to some more pics.
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RE: Memphis Group Pic's

Wed Jan 15, 2003 10:56 am

Sorry,but I can't get enough of derelict/scrapped planes no matter where they're located  Smile
Here's another Diesel 10 meeting its end  Sad

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RE: Memphis Group Pic's

Mon Jan 20, 2003 4:35 am

On the nose it says "emtpy" lol !!!
So no more Radar huh  Big grin
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RE: Memphis Group Pic's

Mon Jan 20, 2003 7:03 am

United Fan, since you're such a fan of these I'll keep you in mind and maybe, after I finish uploading the pics from there, I can send you by email some of the "rejected" ones if there are any. So far i haven't got any rejected ones but I've only just started.

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RE: Memphis Group Pic's

Mon Jan 20, 2003 9:55 am

Thanks,send them to the e-mail in my profile................
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