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Saha Air Lines B707-3J9C THR-MHD-THR [+pics/vids]

Sat Apr 21, 2007 6:59 am

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After the disappointment of being declined an Iran visit visa in August 2006, I had to take a trip to Iran for work in December. After several weeks of getting nowhere with the visa process I had almost accepted that I was never going to get to Iran. Finally however, with some help from inside Iran, the administrative problems were sorted out and I finally had the long-awaited visa in my passport. This was to be a work trip but naturally I had my own personal plans too.

I arrived at the Imam Khomeini International Airport (IKA) in the middle of the night on a direct flight from AUH with Etihad Airways. The flight was very pleasant – as are most flights on the Boeing 777-300ER. The airport is impressively modern but has the feel of being somewhat underused. Immigration was easy and I was welcomed into Iran. As I stepped out of the terminal to meet the driver who would be taking me to the hotel it reminded me of home in the UK - it was bitter cold. Central Tehran is quite a distance from IKA and it took quite some time to reach the Homa Hotel where I would be staying. When I got to my room I went to bed and slept well into the day. It was Friday and I was not due to work until Sunday but the main event of the trip for me was planned for the Saturday. The main thing I remember about the day I arrived was the view when I opened my curtains. The mountains surrounding Tehran are just breathtaking. Unfortunately it was a very grey day so I will share this view with you, taken a couple of days later.

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The next morning I awoke early having arranged the day’s agenda and collected the flight tickets with my friend in Tehran the previous day. We met outside the hotel at around 0830 and headed for the city’s Mehrabad International Airport (THR). We were not yet going to the airport itself as we planned a visit to the Aerospace Exhibition which is in the Mehrabad area. The highlight for me is not so much the exhibition itself but some of the stored aircraft in a remote part of the airfield which can be directly accessed from the exhibition.

After paying the small fee to enter we made our way to the first exhibits which could be seen. The first aircraft we came to was a DHC-4 Caribou. Apparently there is a lot of interest in this aircraft among foreign enthusiasts. It is rumoured to be an ex-US Air Force aircraft but it seems no one has managed to find any construction number for it.

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The further we walked around the exhibition area the more I felt it was not so much an exhibition of preserved aircraft but more of a dumping ground for unwanted aircraft. There did not seem to be much effort put into the restoration of many of the aircraft it seemed.

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Now this was an interesting one – and an airliner too. Not a Fokker F-27 as it may appear at first glance, but a Fairchild Hiller FH-227. I do not knowingly recall seeing one of these in person before, so it was nice to get a close look at this aircraft. It is an ex-Iran Asseman bird as can be seen by the colourscheme, but sadly the interior is totally derelict.

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Another aircraft I was particularly interested in was this one which was unceremoniously dumped in a remote part of the exhibition area– I believe it may be an Aero Commander. To me this looks like the Cubana colourscheme. I took a closer look at this aircraft as a Mahan Air A300 took off overhead. The registration EP-ABD had been painted over and was barely readable. If anyone knows anything at all about this aircraft and its history I would be extremely grateful for the information.

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Having spent about twenty minutes wandering among the array of random aircraft at the exhibition it was now time for the serious stuff. Behind the bushes and a small road on one side of the exhibition the tails of some much larger aircraft could be seen.

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We passed through a hole in the fence onto the road and walked for a few yards to where there was an open gate leading into the storage area. This is what I had been looking forward to. Before proceeding through the gate I took a quick photo of three Iran Air tails which were nicely lined up in the form of two B737-200s and a B747-200F.

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Immediately on the right as we walked through the gate was Iran Air’s first B747SP, EP-IAA ‘Kurdistan’. This aircraft was missing two engines but still made for a beautiful sight.

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We were flanked by B747s to both sides – to the left was Iran Air Cargo’s B747-200 Freighter, EP-ICC.

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I spent the next minute happily photographing the nearby aircraft, even though I could see a man walking towards us from a nearby building. He was not walking in a threatening way but I had a feeling it was to do with us taking photographs. Knowing he had seen me already I carried on photographing until he arrived, figuring I should get as many as possible if he was going to tell us to stop.

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My friend talked to the man while I stood by waiting and after a minute or so he headed back to the building. My friend advised me that we would have to stop taking photographs but that it would be okay for us to continue walking among the aircraft. Not only that but it would also be possible to take a look inside one of the two Iran Government B727-100s. I was disappointed that I did not get to photograph some of the aircraft but undeterred we headed towards EP-PLN, an Iran Government B727-30 which was used by the sister of the Shah before the Shah was overthrown during the Islamic revolution in 1979.

Before we got to EP-PLN, I suggested we take a walk to the other side of EP-IRC, an Iran Air B727-86 which had been partially dismantled so the cockpit could be used as a simulator. ‘RC was now between us and the building where the man was. We discreetly took the opportunity to get a quick photo of ‘RC.

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We then headed to EP-PLN which surprisingly we had permission to enter unescorted.

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We entered the aircraft the real 727 way - via the aft airstairs which were in the down position. I would still rather have been entering it as a passenger as I never had the chance to fly on the -100 series aircraft. Still, this was a rare opportunity and I savoured every second aboard the aircraft.

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After spending ten to fifteen minutes aboard EP-PLN, it was time to leave. I just wanted to photograph one more aircraft. Luckily, to the right side of EP-PLN we could not be seen and I managed to sneak in a quick shot of an Iran Aseman Fokker F28-4000 Fellowship.

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It was now time to leave having seen what we came to see. As it was still a few hours before the flight we went to a favourite spot of my friend where great views could be had of landing aircraft. After ten minutes or so we had watched a couple of Fokker 100s and Boeing 727s landing which was very nice. We then spent a few seconds speculating over what the next aircraft would be as we saw it in the distance and then at the same time we both said “707!”. As the non-hush kitted Saha Air B707 screeched overhead a minute or so later I smiled to myself knowing what a memorable day this was going to be.




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We arrived at the airport about an hour and a half before the flight and headed straight for the Saha Air check-in desk. The terminal at Mehrabad is old and provides quite a contrast to the new IKA airport with a constant feel of hustle and bustle. As I mentioned earlier, we had purchased our tickets from the Saha Air ticket counter the previous day. The ticket envelopes even feature the B707.

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Above each check-in desk are high-quality Samsung monitors which show the airline logo and flight details with excellent clarity. As there was only one passenger in front of us it was not long before we were checked in. Check-in was performed manually using the sticker type seating chart and manual boarding passes. We chose our seats so that we would be forward of the wing and have a nice view of the classic PW JT3D engines.



After checking in we sat in the terminal and chatted for a while before heading to the departure lounge. The departure lounge in the domestic terminal is just one large room with several gates – all of which lead out to the coaches. All departures at Mehrabad involve coaching. As departure time edged closer, there was no sign of boarding for our flight. It was only at departure time that the word ‘Delay’ appeared against the flight on the departure monitors. I was already concerned about the rush we were going to have at Mashad, as we were planning to return to Tehran with the same aircraft. I was hoping check-in would not have closed by the time we reached the desk at Mashad.

It was only a few minutes later that boarding actually commenced, and we were soon making our way onto the Saha Air coach. We both had our cameras discreetly at the ready, but I was much more careful than my Iranian friend, passing the opportunity of some classic aircraft shots as we made our way along the domestic apron and past the international terminal. Still - better safe than sorry.

After a few minutes we arrived at the aircraft, both of us remarking that it was EP-SHK, Saha’s latest B707. Boarding this classic was a great feeling and I just had to take a quick photo to capture the moment.

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Entering the aircraft was like a trip back in time. Before we entered the main cabin we passed through the classic ‘lounge’ with seats facing each other over a table. This was now just used by the security guard. We made our way to our seats but as always seems to be the case when I travel, someone was sitting in my seat. Knowing that the load on the flight was light I took a different seat across the aisle and ended up staying there as no one else tried to claim it. I also had three seats to myself which was an added bonus.

The thing which surprised me most was that as the aircraft was parked on an open stand I was expecting to hear the JT3Ds whining into life, but we were soon on the move without me having heard such a thing. I assumed that the only noise I could hear was the APU but it became apparent as we taxied faster that we were not being towed but in fact were taxiing. It really surprised me not to be able to hear the engines starting.

Whilst taxiing one of the cabin crew made a PA in both Farsi and English and even made reference to ‘this Boeing 707’ during the PA. She spoke English quite clearly and I was impressed by this touch. After a somewhat fast taxi out we were soon lining up for take-off. After lining up, the parking brake was set and the engines roared into life.

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The sound was incredible. After what seemed like quite some time, the brakes were released and ‘HK was soon thundering along the runway and climbing out over Tehran. After take-off the aircraft made a long bank to the left.

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Unfortunately I was now sitting on the wrong side of the aircraft for photographs as the sun was on the right hand side as we headed towards Mashad.

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It was very much winter in Iran and the snowy peaks and landscapes below made for a very pleasant sight.

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I had no idea what to expect in the way of inflight service but I was certainly not unimpressed. A hot lunch service was provided which included typically Iranian chicken kebab with rice and fries. It was very nice and more than I expected on such a short flight. Also, all of the sachets and napkins were adorned with the Saha Air Lines titles and logo.

I don’t remember anything particularly noteworthy about the rest of the flight – I think I just kept my face glued to the window and it was not too long before we started our descent towards Mashad where there was more snow on the ground than back in Tehran.

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During the descent we made a long bank to the right and I managed to take a short video which includes some beautiful sounds from the JT3Ds.



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We touched down at MHD not too far behind schedule and the aircraft hastily taxied to the apron where there were a few other aircraft including a couple of TU-154s. Before we disembarked we asked if it was possible to take a look on the flightdeck. We were granted permission but were told we could not take any photographs. After a couple of minutes on the flightdeck we disembarked onto the apron and headed straight out of arrivals and straight to the Saha Air check-in desk. Luckily it was still manned and there was a gentleman checking in ahead of us. The check-in agent was clearly in a hurry due to the time before departure and checked us in within seconds. We then headed through security to the gate where the return flight was already boarding.

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Sat Apr 21, 2007 7:03 am





We had spent no longer than ten minutes out of the aircraft at Mashad – I was certainly impressed at how quickly they could turn an aircraft around. Before we made our way up the steps, the security guard recognised us from the inbound flight and asked my friend why we were travelling back on the same aircraft. He told the truth as to what we were doing and the guard’s reaction seemed to be one of suspicion but at the same time slight amusement. I just smiled throughout the conversation as I had expected the guard to find our enthusiasm for flying the B707 amusing. A couple of the male cabin crew also reacted similarly when they saw us again. I thought they would be more used to the occasional enthusiast given the number of people who have travelled to Iran for the same reasons as me.

The previous sector was my first flight aboard a B707 and I was quite aware that this one would possibly be my last. Once again I had three seats to myself and was on the right side of the aircraft, only this time the sun would be on the other side.

It was not long again before we were taxiing to the runway and lining up.

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This time I decided to record a video of the take-off. Once again, the thrust was increased for some time before the brakes were finally released. Another amazing B707 take-off.



After what seemed like a long take-off run we were soon climbing out of Mashad.

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Before the service one of the male cabin crew stopped and chatted with my friend, taking an interest in what we were doing. This continued for the majority of the flight and it was nice to know they were taking a particular interest in me coming all the way to Iran to do this. I decided not to have a meal on this flight as it was so soon after the one on the previous sector but they insisted that I have tea and also gave us some cake. We put the seatbacks of the two seats next to me in the down position and one of the crew members sat on the aisle seat behind me next to my friend. We chatted for some time and he even said that if he was flying the following weekend he could arrange for me to take some flights on the flightdeck. This sounded amazing but in the end I knew I only had one spare day and I had plans to try for some other aircraft types. Plus, my friend told me later that on the day it always has to be approved by the security guard on the flight and that many of them would simply not allow it. Still, it was a much appreciated offer.



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The flight back was enjoyable and it was particularly nice to be able to see Mount Damavand – at 5671m this is the highest mountain in the middle east.

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Whilst admiring the scenery and Mt. Damavand in particular we began our descent towards Tehran.



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We were soon passing over the city of Tehran and from the air one really gets a feel for just how huge this city really is.



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In the distance, the new Milad Tower dominated the skyline.

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Landing at THR
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As ‘HK taxied to its parking position, a nice view was afforded of a number of TU-154s with examples from Eram Air, Caspian Airlines and Iran Air Tour in evidence. Eram Air’s latest example, EP-EAJ was just having titles applied by two men standing on a set of mobile stairs.

Eram Air, Tupolev TU-154M, EP-EAJ
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Iran Air Tour, Tupolev TU-154M, EP-MCE
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After arrival we were the last to disembark, but before we did so two of the cabin crew asked if I would take their photograph. I checked with them whether the security guard would be okay with it and they said it would be fine. Just check out the cabin of the aircraft in this shot – this is not the later style B707 interior – no overhead bins but hat racks instead.

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We thanked the crew and said goodbye before stepping off the aircraft towards the waiting coach. And so ended the most memorable flight of my life.

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I hope you enjoyed this report – please leave your feedback as always.

Many thanks.

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RE: Saha Air Lines B707-3J9C THR-MHD-THR [+pics/vids]

Sat Apr 21, 2007 8:09 am

Beautiful trip report. Thanks for being thorough. I always hoped that I would get to fly each of the Boeing models, but I have never been on the 707 and now I know that I will never get the chance. It's good to hear about what cutting edge flying 50 years ago was all about. When you compare the developments in the last 50 years to those of the first 50 years in aviation, we really haven't gone that far. The 707 is such an amazing aircraft.
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RE: Saha Air Lines B707-3J9C THR-MHD-THR [+pics/vids]

Sat Apr 21, 2007 10:58 am

Excellent trip report, can't wait for your next!
 
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Sat Apr 21, 2007 12:13 pm

Superb trip report! What a great trip this must have been, i'm so jealous.
 
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Sat Apr 21, 2007 12:45 pm

Seems like a really fun trip. I too find the 707 fascinating and regret not taking a flight on one. I was born in 1984, and by that time in the USA, the 707s were already exiting the scene  Sad
 
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Sat Apr 21, 2007 1:13 pm

Well the TR was so awesome. I can't believe the 707's are in good condition. It was so sad to see a 747 stripped of 2 engines. Well excellent pics, especially of that 727 exec.

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Sat Apr 21, 2007 6:15 pm

Hi!

When I finnished reading and looking to your report my mind rewinded back almost 25 years ago, that was the last time I flew a Boeing 707, but your words were very updated, what you said is exactely what I felt when I flew the 707. Regarding the rest of your "saga" it looks to me that iranians are nice people, and that offer from that F/A must have been hard to reject right? How much did you pay for that 707 round trip?
In the end I must say to you..I'm quite tempted to travel to Iran and take the chance to fly for a last time in a 707!!! I don't know but I'll try to evaluate this possibility.
Thanks for sharing this trip report with us here!!!
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Sat Apr 21, 2007 7:42 pm

simply amazing, no other words  Smile
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Sat Apr 21, 2007 8:58 pm

Iran looks amazing from the air! Fantastic TR. The exhibition looks really interesting.

Thanks.
 
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Sat Apr 21, 2007 9:49 pm

Excellent TR  Smile I am still in love with such a great airplane like B707! It used to fly with Jat for years, until late 80ies ....

Great pics  Wink
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Sat Apr 21, 2007 11:27 pm

What an excellent read. This is not your average TR. Photographing all those stored aircraft must have beem exciting, then a trip on a 707. What more do you want!  Wink Thanks so much for shareing.

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Sun Apr 22, 2007 12:46 am

As always, a fantastic trip report. Thanks for all the pics and vids. For those of us who are unlikely to make it to Iran anytime soon, it felt like we were there too! Those engine sounds on the vids were brilliant. Thanks again.
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Sun Apr 22, 2007 3:05 am

Great report - brings back memories of my only B707 flight: Air Zimbabwe from VFA to HRE in 1996.... I enjoyed each and every second of that flight.
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Sun Apr 22, 2007 4:04 am

I have never replied to a trip report before, but this was great. I fly to Tehran regularly, and would love to do the Saha trip. There are normally about 2 or 3 707s parked up. Was it on the remote stand on the other side of the runway to the terminal?

If you can afford it, and are into weird trips, Djibouti is a good choice. I always said I would do the Daallo Airlines IL-18, but never got round to it. Something I think I will put on my to do list!

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Sun Apr 22, 2007 5:27 am

Brilliant, Fantastic, Trip of a Lifetime - all those things come into my mind!

Quoting UK_Dispatcher (Thread starter):
The mountains surrounding Tehran are just breathtaking. Unfortunately it was a very grey day so I will share this view with you, taken a couple of days later

- Amazing vierw, I would never have thought it was Tehran.

Quoting UK_Dispatcher (Thread starter):
The further we walked around the exhibition area the more I felt it was not so much an exhibition of preserved aircraft but more of a dumping ground for unwanted aircraft

- It certainly looks like it, nice though.

Quoting UK_Dispatcher (Thread starter):
It was now time to leave having seen what we came to see

- What a time to have, sure wish I could have a walk around there, simply fantastic!!

Quoting UK_Dispatcher (Thread starter):
The ticket envelopes even feature the B707.

- Superb, even more so when you think BA has removed the colour from their boarding passes.

Quoting UK_Dispatcher (Thread starter):
I decided not to have a meal on this flight as it was so soon after the one on the previous sector but they insisted that I have tea and also gave us some cake

- How nice of them, now that's something western carriers could learn!

Quoting UK_Dispatcher (Thread starter):
I hope you enjoyed this report

- I think this could well be the best report I ever read, think it even beats your F-27 report.

Many Thanks

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Sun Apr 22, 2007 6:45 am

Excellent trip report.

The details for EP-ABD are:-

Aero Commander 500

C/N 836-94

Previous registration N8492C

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Sun Apr 22, 2007 7:31 am

Maybe the best report i have seen. Very interesting!  Wow!
 
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Sun Apr 22, 2007 1:15 pm

Awesome report. Amazing pictures of a classic jetliner. In fact I'd gladly fly on over to THR to take a flight on a 707..that is, if I can get a Visa. It'd be worth it, I think.
 
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Sun Apr 22, 2007 1:37 pm

Wow, what an incredible experience. I really enjoyed all the pictures and video. The whine of the old engine brings back many memories. The snow covered mountains were picturesque. One of my coworkers was born in Persia and he said that it was a very beautiful country. I have never had the chance to fly on the 707 although I have flown on the 720 several times when I was a kid. I guess the differences between the two aircraft are subtle?
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Sun Apr 22, 2007 2:09 pm

Magnificent report! Thanks from someone who will likely never set foot on an operational 707.
 
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Sun Apr 22, 2007 11:12 pm

Stunning shots of everything - the planes and the fabulous landscape! Nearly made it to Iran earlier this year (Iranian new year/Naruz) but work prevented it....thanks for sharing all the memories, the photos are stunning. Makes me want to go!
 
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Mon Apr 23, 2007 12:27 am

Quoting RoseFlyer (Reply 2):
The 707 is such an amazing aircraft.

I love those birds. Thanks for such amazing TR!
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Mon Apr 23, 2007 6:46 am

Fantastic report - I'd love to travel on that flight!
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Mon Apr 23, 2007 10:27 am

This is probably the most amazing, stunning and memorial trip report I have ever read! Excellent! And thank you so much for sharing a 707 experience in valuable detail with us.. you rock! A++++++++!!!!!

Luckily I carry another passport besides my US passport, Iran is one my wish list, and I wish I make it soon. Despite our stupid and foolish embargo towards Iran (and I as an American consider it as a breach of sanity to deny a country access to aircraft spare parts, new aircraft, etc., because it could be a risk for thousands of flyers! - I mean our entire foreign policy has been and is insane), I am happy to know that Iran has some many qualified people and engineers who can repair the 707s, 727s as if they were brand new! Maybe I will travel with some Persian friends one day..!

Thanks again! Outstanding report!
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Mon Apr 23, 2007 10:24 pm

Excellent report. I am most envious.

Climbing aboard the rear entrance of a 727-100 (and how lovely to see the picture down the stairs, exploring the VIP interior, then roaring off on a day trip on a 707.

Now THAT'S what I call a day out! You lucky, lucky man.
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Tue Apr 24, 2007 11:59 pm

Quoting Pdanicic (Reply 10):
I am still in love with such a great airplane like B707! It used to fly with Jat for years, until late 80ies ....

I remember seeing a JAT B707 at NCL in 1985 when I was 5. I have a photo of an Iberia A300 taxiing in with the JAT tail in the foreground. Happy days.

Quoting HUYfan (Reply 14):
I fly to Tehran regularly, and would love to do the Saha trip. There are normally about 2 or 3 707s parked up. Was it on the remote stand on the other side of the runway to the terminal?

It operates from the normal domestic apron. I guess the ones that depart from the far side are purely military flights.

Quoting UA935 (Reply 16):
The details for EP-ABD are:-
Aero Commander 500
C/N 836-94
Previous registration N8492C

Fantastic - thanks a million for this information. Where did you get this info?

Quoting Airlinebrat (Reply 19):
I have never had the chance to fly on the 707 although I have flown on the 720 several times when I was a kid. I guess the differences between the two aircraft are subtle?

I'd love to add the B720 to my list, but sadly that one is too late. Which carrier(s) did you fly this type with?

Quoting Lan1981 (Reply 21):
Makes me want to go!

Lan1981 fails to mention that he and I are doing what should be an amazing next trip on May 4th! Trip Report to come....  Wink  Wink
 
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Wed Apr 25, 2007 12:32 am

Wow! What an amazing report, thanks for sharing this truly amazing experience!

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Wed Apr 25, 2007 12:37 am

Great Trip Report. I was drooling reading it.

Why is it that the thrust was turned full for such a long period before the brakes were released?
Was it because the runway is short? Or is it a 707 specific feature?
 
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Thu Apr 26, 2007 3:14 am

Wow!  Wow!
This is an incredible trip report!  yes 

You are so lucky to get the opportunity to fly on a 707 in 2007.
I didn't know that Saha still had 707s in there fleet since the crash in 2004.
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Thu Apr 26, 2007 8:59 am

Hey - Fantastic report. I was lucky enough to fly on the Saha B707 almost 1 year ago to the day. Was an amazing experience. Iran is one of the greatest places I have visitied. The people are so friendly (and repressed...)
 
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Thu Apr 26, 2007 2:49 pm

Quoting UK_Dispatcher (Reply 26):
I'd love to add the B720 to my list, but sadly that one is too late. Which carrier(s) did you fly this type with?

United.
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Thu Apr 26, 2007 4:03 pm

Wow. What an interesting trip report that must have been like walking into a time machine. I myself have never had the opportunity to ride onboard at B707 because most of them were already retired by the time I was even born. Anyhow what an experience that must have been.  Cool
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Thu Apr 26, 2007 5:09 pm

Quoting UK_Dispatcher (Thread starter):
JT3Ds

Dead reliable or just expertly maintained?

Stunner of a TR mate! Excellent pics! Good on yer!
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Fri Apr 27, 2007 5:27 pm

Brilliant TR . The photos of THR bring back many happy memories. Tehran is a lovely city and the food in Iran is excellent. Hopefully one day I will go back. Did you go to Azadi tower?? That is the first thing I saw when I was comming into land.

B707 looks amazing and Im really glad you got the interior photo. Those photos at the exibition were just amazing.

Thanks for a fantastic TR. Or as they say in Iran (Merzi)  Smile

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Mon May 14, 2007 2:33 am

Quoting UK_Dispatcher (Thread starter):
Another aircraft I was particularly interested in was this one which was unceremoniously dumped in a remote part of the exhibition area%u2013 I believe it may be an Aero Commander. To me this looks like the Cubana colourscheme. I took a closer look at this aircraft as a Mahan Air A300 took off overhead. The registration EP-ABD had been painted over and was barely readable. If anyone knows anything at all about this aircraft and its history I would be extremely grateful for the information.

Were you able to find any info about this a/c?

Quoting UK_Dispatcher (Thread starter):
I had no idea what to expect in the way of inflight service but I was certainly not unimpressed. A hot lunch service was provided which included typically Iranian chicken kebab with rice and fries. It was very nice and more than I expected on such a short flight. Also, all of the sachets and napkins were adorned with the Saha Air Lines titles and logo.

A photo of this layout would look good on www.airlinemeals.net

Quoting RoseFlyer (Reply 2):
The 707 is such an amazing aircraft.

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Quoting SandroZRH (Reply 4):
Superb trip report! What a great trip this must have been, i'm so jealous.

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Quoting BA319-131 (Reply 15):
Quoting UK_Dispatcher (Thread starter):
I decided not to have a meal on this flight as it was so soon after the one on the previous sector but they insisted that I have tea and also gave us some cake

- How nice of them, now that's something western carriers could learn!

True

Quoting BA319-131 (Reply 15):
I think this could well be the best report I ever read,



Quoting Bofredrik (Reply 17):
Maybe the best report i have seen. Very interesting!

It certainly should have a high ranking.

Quoting Mhodgson (Reply 23):
Fantastic report - I'd love to travel on that flight!

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Quoting TACAA320 (Reply 22):
I love those birds. Thanks for such amazing TR!

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Quoting Door5Right (Reply 25):
Excellent report. I am most envious.

I'm envious as well.

Quoting Door5Right (Reply 25):
You lucky, lucky man.

Indeed.

Quoting AT (Reply 28):
Why is it that the thrust was turned full for such a long period before the brakes were released?
Was it because the runway is short? Or is it a 707 specific feature?

Someone in tech/ops could probably answer that.

Quoting Mrniji (Reply 24):
Despite our stupid and foolish embargo towards Iran (and I as an American consider it as a breach of sanity to deny a country access to aircraft spare parts, new aircraft, etc., because it could be a risk for thousands of flyers! - I mean our entire foreign policy has been and is insane), I am happy to know that Iran has some many qualified people and engineers who can repair the 707s, 727s as if they were brand new! Maybe I will travel with some Persian friends one day..!



Agreed.

I apologize for not replying to this sooner.

This is an excellent trip report, good photos and the video clips via youtube were also great. The sounds from the clip are memory inducing, indeed. Some of us may never ride in a 707 (again) but the clips certainly bring the experience home.

My only trip in a 707/720 was a WA flight in 1975 (I was nine years old, then) SFO-SEA-ANC.

Thank You for the description, photos, and youtube clips  Smile

Good Day to all  Smile

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Mon May 14, 2007 9:41 am

Thanks a lot for your great report and sharing this flight. This is definitely a trip of a lifetime.
 
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Wed Nov 16, 2011 12:59 pm

WOW! great report dispatcher   I thoroughly enjoyed that thankyou.
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Wed Nov 16, 2011 10:09 pm

Hi

Nice trip report, thanks for sharing it with us! Seems like a very rare catch to get the 707 nowadays!
The aircraft graveyard looked a bit sad but still interesting to see!

Greetings
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Thu Nov 17, 2011 7:53 pm

Dear Ian,
thank you so much for an amazing trip report from my beloved country. It has refreshed my memories for my 4 previous trips to Iran. I have been there for the very first time in 2004 and I had a chance to fly with B707 Saha from Tehran to Kish. I have flown with EP-SHE in November 2004 and this plane has an accident on landing in Tehran in the spring 2005, just 5 months later.
I have been in Iran for the last time exactly one year ago, in November 2010 and I have flown B707 again (EP-SHG)! Of course, before departure me and my friends visited museum next to Mehrabad, it´s a must. I´ve returned to Kish, where we visited the Kish Air Show. My small trip report from this trip is here:

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I hope to get chance to come back to Iran again, I have been in a lot of countries, but Iran remains my number 1.
 
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Sat Nov 19, 2011 9:10 am

I didn't expect to see this one back on the first page 4 years later, but I actually read through it again and it was nice to 'revisit' this trip. It was a very special trip, particularly getting on the B707 for the first time.

Quoting UK_Dispatcher (Thread starter):
Immediately on the right as we walked through the gate was Iran Air’s first B747SP, EP-IAA ‘Kurdistan’. This aircraft was missing two engines but still made for a beautiful sight.
Quoting MCOflyer (Reply 6):
It was so sad to see a 747 stripped of 2 engines.

It is amazing to think that after seeing it sitting rather forlornly in the graveyard in 2007, I flew that same aircraft earlier this year from BOM to IKA!

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v316/flymajj/2011_06_17%20HYD%20BOM%20IKA%20DXB/IMG_0343.jpg

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v316/flymajj/2011_06_17%20HYD%20BOM%20IKA%20DXB/IMG_0331.jpg

Quoting Yirina77 (Reply 39):
have been in Iran for the last time exactly one year ago, in November 2010 and I have flown B707 again (EP-SHG)!

I also flew EP-SHG last year, along with EP-SHV twice. It was nice to fly 2 more B707s and at least one of them is still active today.

EP-SHG
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v316/flymajj/2010_06_18%20THR%20MHD/Picture004a.jpg

EP-SHV
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v316/flymajj/2010_06_20%20IKA%20MHD%20DXB/Picture006.jpg
 
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Sat Nov 19, 2011 10:22 am

Great report and a super aircraft. Thanks for the post!
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Mon Nov 21, 2011 12:31 am

Hi Ian,
Thank you very much for sharing this wonderful TR! I enjoyed reading it very much! It reminded me my THR-ATH-THR flight on IR's B707 back in 1985. Many years passed since then, but I still remember that trip very clearly since I enjoyed every moment of it. Thanks again!

Cheers!
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Mon Nov 21, 2011 5:02 am

That is just absolutely astounding. I wish I could have flown a 707, and maybe one day I may be able to.

Amazing report!
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