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More: Boeing 747-2Q2BM
More: Chalons (Paris) - Vatry (XCR / LFOK)
More: France, February 16, 2006
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A visitor from - posted Sat March 8, 2014:
I love the 747... but not like this. I felt a bit sick when I first looked at this and then felt my eyes starting to tear up. RIP and goodbye, beautiful thing... *sob* :_(

A visitor from Belgium posted Thu August 29, 2013:
I also had the opportunity to take this plane five years before its destruction. Sad picture

A visitor from United Kingdom posted Fri March 15, 2013:
Always sad to see planes destroyed like that ...

A visitor from United States posted Tue September 11, 2012:
Wait! Wait! Stop! I'll take it since you obviously don't want it anymore...

A visitor from United States posted Wed February 15, 2012:
Makes me want to sneeze

A visitor from United States posted Mon January 9, 2012:
Who would want a job destroying a plane like that?

A visitor from United States posted Mon January 9, 2012:
Why would they want to waste such a perfectly good airplane like that?!? They could have given it to another airline. What will become of all the other Air Gabon Planes.

A visitor from Canada posted Sun December 4, 2011:
Someone wrote "Air Pabon"instead of Gabon on this poor plane just below the blue line. Pas bon means NO good in french!

A visitor from - posted Sat September 25, 2010:
Sniff sniff! Shame really, but nothing lasts for ever!
Jay48

A visitor from Netherlands posted Thu September 2, 2010:
This one was in AERO magazine's spotlight in the January 2007 issue as one of the best shots of 2006.

A visitor from Australia posted Sat July 24, 2010:
Last time that bird looks at the sky! it is a waste but the metal become fatigued. i want to restore a 747-200 back to qantas 1980s colours and live in it when i earn enough money becoming a pilot

A visitor from United Kingdom posted Tue April 20, 2010:
I flown in this same Boeing from LBV to CDG many times in the past and every flight was a dream. Well, i guess this is how it ends for " President Leon Mb'a " :(

A visitor from Australia posted Mon April 19, 2010:
So sad why dont they just unscrewer it or give it to someone.poor thing, sad way end its service but the 747 will get its revenge. a380 one day...js11

A visitor from - posted Sun February 21, 2010:
This is what is going to happen if a plane approaches its end of life in which is not planned, this is actually normal for older aircraft; they are scrapped and sold but it is not profitable/very cheap because the content is highly mixed (e.g. Aluminum mixed with Carbon Fiber and Titanium)and therefore hard to recycle. Not so with Airbus, and its A300/A310 now approaching its end of life cycle. The end of life process has been put into practice several years ago. First and old Airbus aircraft is cleaned, its parts are checked and certified and will be used for spare parts in the remaining A300/A310. The remaining parts will be carefully separated from each other (e.g. separate Aluminum from Carbon Fiber from Titanium), melt these down and recycle these parts to produce new aircraft. How much more in the A380! its life cycle is thoroughly planned from design, to construction, to entry of service till end of life, all is going well for the A380. So, to all Airbus fans not to worry when this happens to any of your favorite aircraft because Airbus planned how to end and start and aircraft's life!

A visitor from United States posted Sat November 7, 2009:
Why are they destroying it? i would have taken the 747 myself if no one wanted it! unacceptable, waste of a good airplane. thankyou for showing this so people learn this is a big problem.

A visitor from United Kingdom posted Thu September 3, 2009:
:( r.i.p.

A visitor from United States posted Mon August 31, 2009:
This looks just wrong... I look forward to the day we get to see the same process happening to the a380.

A visitor from India posted Fri June 5, 2009:
Even that guy "works in the aviation industry"

A visitor from - posted Sat April 11, 2009:
Very sad photo, what a terrible job to do. It's like putting down a dog.

A visitor from United Kingdom posted Fri December 5, 2008:
Very sad :(

A visitor from Taiwan posted Mon August 4, 2008:
What a sad scene...RIP

A visitor from Spain posted Fri March 14, 2008:
It reminds me of a wounded elefant trying to escape from her predator... too sad.

A visitor from United States posted Mon January 14, 2008:
Extremely sad to see such a beautiful aircraft get destroyed R.I.P.

A visitor from Australia posted Sat December 1, 2007:
Despite being a sad sight, the -200s have reached the end of their life. It's the A345's turn now!

A visitor from United Kingdom posted Fri October 26, 2007:
I can't imagine they doing in with the A380 one day...

A visitor from Cyprus posted Tue July 31, 2007:
This is a very sad end for this queen of the sky's...

A visitor from United States posted Thu December 28, 2006:
RIP. She'll live to fly another day...if only in our hearts and minds.

A visitor from Turkey posted Mon November 13, 2006:
RESO

A visitor from Spain posted Thu August 31, 2006:
It is beautiful

A visitor from France posted Sun August 27, 2006:
Very Sad Moment...I flew in this one 20 times (1976-1985)

A visitor from Canada posted Sun August 6, 2006:
Aircraft being gobbled up by a mechanical mantis

A visitor from United Kingdom posted Fri August 4, 2006:
A hermit Grab...

A visitor from Portugal posted Sun June 25, 2006:
Poor boy... a great bird in this way...

A visitor from Netherlands posted Sat June 24, 2006:
Sad picture ...
Just save the cockpit for diplay purposes in a aircraft museum...i hope it's not to late..

A visitor from United Arab Emirates posted Fri May 12, 2006:
Don't do it! I want its head!

A visitor from United States posted Sat April 22, 2006:
The dying beast ... run, beast, run, fly, before it's too late!

A visitor from South Africa posted Fri March 24, 2006:
GN Staff in JNB - this is real sad to see this big bird chopped up, looong weekends on the maindeck
-uplifting well over 50tons of cgo-Also sat in Cockpit upon landing in Rome going to France
RIP - Leon M'ba - think I need a group hug!

A visitor from Norway posted Sat March 18, 2006:
This pic really made me sad! :(

A visitor from France posted Wed March 15, 2006:
So sad! I worked on this COMBI plane many and many times in FCO as ramp agent. W&B and flt ops were very interesting and every time it was a challange! Ciao LEON MBA

A visitor from Philippines posted Tue March 14, 2006:
Well this is a violent death for this jet. R.I.P old 747. But this 747 will not rest in peace eternaly. Don't be too emotional, for this death will come new life. They will make new and better aircraft from this old plane. Life's just a cycle. Sometimes you're on top and sometimes you're at the bottom. It's how it should be... ☺

A visitor from United States posted Fri March 10, 2006:
This picture is brutal! I worked as a crew member on this aircraft for 6 glorious years! We had the best 1st class cabin amoung hundreds! Rest in peace "JG".

A visitor from United States posted Mon March 6, 2006:
They can't do this! Sell me the plane, I won't kill it. In fact, I'd restore it to its former glory...

A visitor from Mexico posted Sun March 5, 2006:
Very Sad Moment!!!!!....R.I.P :(:(:(...

A visitor from United Arab Emirates posted Thu March 2, 2006:
What a sad sight... looks like a vulture is feeding on a falled gaint!! RIP 747

A visitor from Serbia And Montenegro posted Wed March 1, 2006:
Feel sorry for that poor HYUNDAY. All eyes are on ol' dirty B. :P

A visitor from United Arab Emirates posted Wed March 1, 2006:
Amazing shot.. Some of you guys are so emotional. :) You can't just lease behemoths like these just lying around.. The ultimate sacrifice for the aircraft of tomorrow.. That's the optimistic viewpoint.. ;)

A visitor from Ireland posted Wed March 1, 2006:
Super

A visitor from Australia posted Wed March 1, 2006:
Oh, so sad, I hate seeing planes demolished. A gloomy day, too...

A visitor from France posted Wed March 1, 2006:
I saw this nice bird many times at Nice and LBV. This is a logical end for our friends the aircrafts (enven if they are our passion).

A visitor from Pakistan posted Wed March 1, 2006:
You see , how this King of SKY is badly treated by this machine. Sad ending of Great king.

A visitor from United States posted Wed March 1, 2006:
It's sad to see the destruction of my dream lover. She is trying to escape, but somehow ... Let me have a piece of ...
o..(

A visitor from United States posted Wed March 1, 2006:
It looks like the aircraft tried to escape from inevitable destruction, so sad!

A visitor from Australia posted Wed March 1, 2006:
Hope they let the passengers get off first.....

A visitor from United States posted Wed March 1, 2006:
Rest in Peace

A visitor from United States posted Tue February 28, 2006:
Last moments of a beauty, It's always a sad sight.

A visitor from United States posted Tue February 28, 2006:
That's absolutely halarious.

A visitor from France posted Tue February 28, 2006:
Hey people stop crying like kids...it's just an airplane made of metal, and the metal we'll get from it will be used to build other planes...that's the recyling process ;)

A visitor from United Kingdom posted Tue February 28, 2006:
As one person said "one of the saddest sights ever" Come off it, at the end of the day its only an areoplane.

A visitor from South Africa posted Tue February 28, 2006:
I can feel a terrible pain in the back of my neck and I feel paralysed from the neck down.....The lond hard hours this lady worked in and out of JNB, MRS, LBV, CDG, LGW, FCO and before that and look how that crane bites her.....It is not right!
Garth

A visitor from Canada posted Tue February 28, 2006:
LOL, some of you guys are too emotional

A visitor from India posted Tue February 28, 2006:
Its a sad scene. Looks like some sort of sacrifice, why dont they just leave these birds out there onthe deserts, like Mojave.

A visitor from France posted Tue February 28, 2006:
I flew in this one back in 1985...

A visitor from United Kingdom posted Tue February 28, 2006:
I hate seeing Boeings being destroyed especially 747's one of the most beautiful Aeroplanes ever built.

A visitor from United Kingdom posted Tue February 28, 2006:
Vey,Very Sad The Queen of the skies shouyldnt be treated like this.JT-age 11

A visitor from United States posted Tue February 28, 2006:
Hey why get rid of it, i'll take it for free witch im sure would cost less then takeing it apart. anyways sad but good pic.

A visitor from Canada posted Tue February 28, 2006:
Not a graceful way to leave this world

P.S. A crab eating a fish head............what the heck is that all about!?!?

A visitor from Germany posted Tue February 28, 2006:
It hurts to see this bird's end. I don't like this picture very much. Rest in peace my dear friend

A visitor from Israel posted Tue February 28, 2006:
R.I.P =(

A visitor from United States posted Tue February 28, 2006:
Very sad indeed...reminds me of a crab eating a fish head...

A visitor from Spain posted Tue February 28, 2006:
Hey, leave the remaining for me!!! Someone could do a FS set...

A visitor from United Kingdom posted Tue February 28, 2006:
Sad to see such a nice aircraft get eaten up. Looks like it was trying to escape!

A visitor from Canada posted Tue February 28, 2006:
My eyes are watering...

A visitor from France posted Tue February 28, 2006:
Shocking. Why don't they unscrew it? OK OK, why isn't there anyone paying for the aircraft to be unscrewed? rgds / (gp)

A visitor from Austria posted Tue February 28, 2006:
I dont think it's sad, it's just interesting to see the structure of the aircraft. come on people, it's not an animal or a human or a living thing so no - it's not sad :)

A visitor from Hong Kong posted Tue February 28, 2006:
Yikes!
Thought it was a sort of crash...

A visitor from United States posted Tue February 28, 2006:
I flew on this aircfrat when i was young, i'm so unhappy looking at it like that... Rest in peace "Leon M'ba"

A visitor from United States posted Tue February 28, 2006:
Goodbye, ole' bird. RIP

A visitor from Poland posted Tue February 28, 2006:
President Leon Mba has finished his life. Sad, very sad:( And what will be the successor of this one?

A visitor from Mexico posted Tue February 28, 2006:
A painful and sad endin´ for a 747. T.B.

A visitor from Greece posted Tue February 28, 2006:
One of the saddest sights ever...rip.

A visitor from France posted Tue February 28, 2006:
Very sad... the written text AIR PABON, in french, meens "No good Air" in english ... african humour !

A visitor from India posted Tue February 28, 2006:
Pains my heart..a woefully looking jumbo pathetically looking up to the skies for solace..akin to the goat in an abattoir...sad sight this of the greatest workhorse ........gbala

A visitor from United Kingdom posted Tue February 28, 2006:
A sad end to a magnificent aircraft, when you see them in the air you never think of how they end their service life, very sad.

A visitor from Malaysia posted Tue February 28, 2006:
What a cruel end :( the queen dethroned n defiled..

A visitor from Philippines posted Tue February 28, 2006:
It's really sad.. But wait-i think a new one will be born..

A visitor from Luxembourg posted Tue February 28, 2006:
LOL, "AIR PABON", must be the reason why they scrap it!

A visitor from Korea, Republic Of posted Tue February 28, 2006:
SOOOOOOOOOOOO SAD.....T.T Rest in Peace

A visitor from Italy posted Tue February 28, 2006:
It's not sad.. It is CRUEL.. I don't like this photo.

A visitor from Poland posted Mon February 27, 2006:
Very sad. Pozdrawiam Mati

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