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Aircraft stored at Bruntingthorpe scrapped (RAF Tri-Stars, VC-10's, Super Guppy)

Wed May 04, 2022 3:22 pm

A few note beforehand:
- I gathered photo's from difference places on the internet for the sole reason they exist only there. I hope that's ok to use them here since for this post.
- I took none of these photo's and I'm also not that guy from Twitter. I'm just somebody who found it after some long gathering of information about the subject.
(Something I can waste a lot of time on, see some of my previous post on this forum)

4 of them in on 23 March, 2017:

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https://www.airliners.net/photo/UK-Air- ... bz/AKPbDjG

All 6 of them on 26 December 2020:
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Lockheed L-1011 TriStars by a_man_called_martyn, on Flickr

Most of us remember the 6 RAF TriStars stored at Bruntingthrope.
When they were stored they apparently were maintained in an airworthy condition.
Even rumours of them flying again as Aerial Refuellers:
viewtopic.php?f=3&t=1371263&p=19748347&hilit=raf+tristar#p19748347

But no more. All 6 have been scrapped in the last several months:

The 1st, ZD948 was scrapped sometime around February/March 2022 or so. (she was the prototype L1011-500)
I can't find a photo of her getting scrapped.
The cockpit section might have been saved and still around somewhere.
But here she is (in the middle/back) on 28 November 2021, so only 3/4 months before scrapping:

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Lockheed TriStar - by Seán Noel O'Connell, on Flickr

The 2th, ZD951 (around 24 February, 2022, she was the last RAF Tri-star to fly on March 25, 2014):

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https://twitter.com/TALUpdates/status/1 ... 2868549635

The 3th, ZD950 (around 13 March, 2022):

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https://twitter.com/TALUpdates/status/1 ... 7295580165

The 4th, ZD953 (around 28 March, 2022):

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https://twitter.com/TALUpdates/status/1 ... 4445235203

The 5th, ZE705 around 4 April, 2022 (with the last one ZE704 and VC-10 ZD241 in background):

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https://twitter.com/TALUpdates/status/1 ... 1470613516

And the 6th and last one; ZE704 (around 10 April, 2022):

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https://twitter.com/TALUpdates/status/1 ... 2520391688

Also scrapped are 2 Vickers VC-10 RAF tankers.

First ZA147 was scrapped around November 2021.
She was the last ever Vickers VC-10 to fly in the world, when she flew from RAF Brize Norton to Bruntingthorpe on 25 September 2013.
I haven't found a photo of her scrapping, but this is her on one of the most recent photos I've been able to find, in August 2019 (so 2 years before scrapping):

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https://twitter.com/AV698/status/1463426309296738308

And ZD241 on 20 April 2022:

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https://twitter.com/TALUpdates/status/1 ... 4953323531

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https://twitter.com/fl360aero/status/15 ... 2039011328

Also scrapped is the first ever Aero Spacelines Super Guppy F-BTGV. She was scrapped in December 2020. Now there are 4 Super Guppies left.
The "Super Guppy Restoration Project" wanted to maintain/restore her (but they did not own the aircraft) but unfortunately they were never able to do so.

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F-BTGV Aero Spacelines 337SGT-201F Guppy by a_man_called_martyn, on Flickr

The South Wales Aviation Museum (SWAM) have the cockpit section and had/have(?) planes to restore that:

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F-BTGV/1 Aero Spacelines B-377-STG Super Guppy Turbine Flight Deck by KeithM3, on Flickr

As to why all these aircraft have been scrapped fairly recently; most of the Aerodrome has been bought/leased by Cox Automotive in April 2020 and they basically told the owners of the aircraft to get them moved out before ~ October 2020 or they would be scrapped.
Since you can't fly these aircraft out and transporting them over road is extremely expensive; all lot of them have been scrapped, including the 2 Transaero 747's. (seen above)

Some aircraft are still owned by the previous owner (Walton) like the Handley Page Victor, Hawker Siddeley Nimrod and a de Havilland Comet (the last Comet to fly) and are - probably - save at their part of the Aerodrome.
 
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Re: Aircraft stored at Bruntingthorpe scrapped (RAF Tri-Stars, VC-10's, Super Guppy)

Wed May 04, 2022 3:40 pm

Sad. Why didn't the plans for Omega to take them go through?
 
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Wed May 04, 2022 4:06 pm

Hate to see rare aircraft like these getting scrapped. I'm sure there's a museum out there that would have been happy to take them, but I guess it's easier said than done transporting them. I wonder what the market is like for the RB211's off those tri-stars?
 
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Re: Aircraft stored at Bruntingthorpe scrapped (RAF Tri-Stars, VC-10's, Super Guppy)

Wed May 04, 2022 4:19 pm

UA444 wrote:
Sad. Why didn't the plans for Omega to take them go through?


I don't think it was Omega,,, it was another American company that seems to have disappeared.
At the time it sounded like it was all going to happen.. not sure if any money changed hands.
Seems like the TriStars may have had some life in them.. probably younger than a lot of KC-135's.
 
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Wed May 04, 2022 4:28 pm

Ah yes, ZD498, the original prototype 500 series and painted in full BA 'Negus' livery from day one and all through flight testing before delivery. I always thought the 500 looked great in that scheme, even more so with the bigger, bolder 'British' motif. What a shame BA couldn't have taken some interest in her and perhaps restablished a Cosford style heritage collection somewhere. Concorde G-BOAB, still languishing at Heathrow could have joined her.
 
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Re: Aircraft stored at Bruntingthorpe scrapped (RAF Tri-Stars, VC-10's, Super Guppy)

Wed May 04, 2022 5:13 pm

Sad to see such beautiful tristars corroding and getting chopped :'(
 
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Re: Aircraft stored at Bruntingthorpe scrapped (RAF Tri-Stars, VC-10's, Super Guppy)

Wed May 04, 2022 5:28 pm

flyingphil wrote:
UA444 wrote:
Sad. Why didn't the plans for Omega to take them go through?


I don't think it was Omega,,, it was another American company that seems to have disappeared.
At the time it sounded like it was all going to happen.. not sure if any money changed hands.
Seems like the TriStars may have had some life in them.. probably younger than a lot of KC-135's.

Seems like they were purchased by AGD Systems, which is still in business.
 
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Re: Aircraft stored at Bruntingthorpe scrapped (RAF Tri-Stars, VC-10's, Super Guppy)

Wed May 04, 2022 5:30 pm

Thanks for this! Really cool update!
 
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Re: Aircraft stored at Bruntingthorpe scrapped (RAF Tri-Stars, VC-10's, Super Guppy)

Wed May 04, 2022 6:13 pm

James42 wrote:
Hate to see rare aircraft like these getting scrapped. I'm sure there's a museum out there that would have been happy to take them, but I guess it's easier said than done transporting them. I wonder what the market is like for the RB211's off those tri-stars?


No clue, but it sure appears the engines are still attached to the airframes while they are getting chopped, so probably not a whole lot.
 
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Re: Aircraft stored at Bruntingthorpe scrapped (RAF Tri-Stars, VC-10's, Super Guppy)

Wed May 04, 2022 6:54 pm

The Guppy had to be preserved whole, not just the cockpit. How many of it were ever built? Maybe 5 or 6? Im sad for all of those classics, but more so for the fish.
 
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Re: Aircraft stored at Bruntingthorpe scrapped (RAF Tri-Stars, VC-10's, Super Guppy)

Wed May 04, 2022 7:02 pm

James42 wrote:
Hate to see rare aircraft like these getting scrapped. I'm sure there's a museum out there that would have been happy to take them, but I guess it's easier said than done transporting them. I wonder what the market is like for the RB211's off those tri-stars?


Are there any RB211-524s still in service (even the G/H model that came long after the L15)?
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Re: Aircraft stored at Bruntingthorpe scrapped (RAF Tri-Stars, VC-10's, Super Guppy)

Wed May 04, 2022 7:02 pm

Sad to see that none of the Tristars where saved by one of the museums in the UK. They served them well for almost 30 years.

But, it baffles me that they couldn't find a buyer for the super guppy. I would've imagine that the aviation museums would be lining up to get such a special plane in their collection.

All in all a sad sight to see.
 
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Wed May 04, 2022 8:07 pm

codc10 wrote:
James42 wrote:
Hate to see rare aircraft like these getting scrapped. I'm sure there's a museum out there that would have been happy to take them, but I guess it's easier said than done transporting them. I wonder what the market is like for the RB211's off those tri-stars?


Are there any RB211-524s still in service (even the G/H model that came long after the L15)?



Can the same variant that was used on the tri-star also be used on the 747? I know geo-sky was on the lookout for spare engines for their two 742's without much luck.
 
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Re: Aircraft stored at Bruntingthorpe scrapped (RAF Tri-Stars, VC-10's, Super Guppy)

Wed May 04, 2022 9:32 pm

James42 wrote:
codc10 wrote:
James42 wrote:
Hate to see rare aircraft like these getting scrapped. I'm sure there's a museum out there that would have been happy to take them, but I guess it's easier said than done transporting them. I wonder what the market is like for the RB211's off those tri-stars?


Are there any RB211-524s still in service (even the G/H model that came long after the L15)?



Can the same variant that was used on the tri-star also be used on the 747? I know geo-sky was on the lookout for spare engines for their two 742's without much luck.

Per their respective TCDS, the L-1011 used RB211-524Bx-02, while the 747 used RB211-542B-19 (no longer airworthy) or -524 with later letters. So, I guess the answer is no.
 
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Wed May 04, 2022 9:45 pm

Are there alternative uses for RB211s - for example as part of generator/ compressors in the less wealthy parts of the oil & gas industry?
 
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Wed May 04, 2022 9:50 pm

Too bad, they're all fascinating and historic aircraft. :(
 
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Re: Aircraft stored at Bruntingthorpe scrapped (RAF Tri-Stars, VC-10's, Super Guppy)

Wed May 04, 2022 10:07 pm

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From:https://pbs.twimg.com/media/FPgVl8DXIAUOFYI?format=jpg&name=large

The engines worth saving are mounted on yellow engine stands (next to the right wingtip). The others, sitting on the ground are probably timed out and not worth saving. They did salvage the fan blades off of the scrap engines though.
 
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Re: Aircraft stored at Bruntingthorpe scrapped (RAF Tri-Stars, VC-10's, Super Guppy)

Wed May 04, 2022 10:26 pm

Very sad, I thought these were being paid for to remain stored, I guess not anymore
 
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Re: Aircraft stored at Bruntingthorpe scrapped (RAF Tri-Stars, VC-10's, Super Guppy)

Wed May 04, 2022 10:32 pm

Preserving airliners is hard in the UK. I feel that part of the problem is that there are no museums capable of storing them.

Museums are either to far from major populations or have insufficient public transport.

Take Duxford for example, the collection is amazing but quite frankly it's basically in the middle of nowhere.
It's 2.5km from the nearest train station and the road there doesn't even have a pavement.

It's not near any major city.

Concorde aside, how many jetliners have been properly preserved.

BAs 747 have been preserved but in the past decade, the 757, 767 have been retired with none of them being kept in the UK.

VS A340s have secondary lives, but after that they'll probably all be scrapped.

How about the A320? Be it a BA or easyJet aircraft atleast one of those should be kept. They've been the mainstay of regional travel in this country for decades.
On top of that the UK is a key supplier.

Preserving an A380 would basically be a fantasy at this point.

I know at the end of the day these are just machines. But they are time capsules of human ingnuity.

If you can visit the Comet at Duxford it's like stepping back in time and for younger generations it's so detached from how they know aircraft today.

I think that the aviation community has to come together and think of a better way of preserving aircraft.

I believe the 747 at Kemble is being turned into some kind of entertainment venue. I understand that they must do what they must to pay the bills.

But compared to how the 747s preserved in Atlanta and Australia it is a less fitting arrangement.

Be it at Bruntingthorper or Cosford aircraft are just left to corrode in the elements and are scrapped.
 
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Re: Aircraft stored at Bruntingthorpe scrapped (RAF Tri-Stars, VC-10's, Super Guppy)

Thu May 05, 2022 4:25 am

DartHerald wrote:
Are there alternative uses for RB211s - for example as part of generator/ compressors in the less wealthy parts of the oil & gas industry?


Yes, many of the world's RB-211s serve as generators and also have a fairly large marine application. I am surprised that these engines were also scrapped.

Separately, what has become of the Conroy CL-44 that was also at Bruntingthorpe? I sure hope it has not met the same fate.
 
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Thu May 05, 2022 7:38 am

crownvic wrote:

Separately, what has become of the Conroy CL-44 that was also at Bruntingthorpe? I sure hope it has not met the same fate.


The conroy sky monster is parked at Bournemouth and still in one piece I believe.
 
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Thu May 05, 2022 8:31 am

Metchalus wrote:
But compared to how the 747s preserved in Atlanta and Australia it is a less fitting arrangement.

Be it at Bruntingthorper or Cosford aircraft are just left to corrode in the elements and are scrapped.


I believe the weather condition in Longreach, central Queensland is much more conducive compared to the weather in the UK, in terms of storing aircraft.
 
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Thu May 05, 2022 8:44 am

They should have ferried the Tristars to Marana, Mojave or similar, or at least to Teruel, right away when they were still airworthy and finish the paperwork afterwards. Letting them rot didn't help.
 
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Thu May 05, 2022 9:13 am

What a sorry sight, it almost brought a tear in my eyes.

Scrapping a TriStar, let alone a VC-10, should be a punishable offence.
 
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Thu May 05, 2022 9:24 am

889091 wrote:
Metchalus wrote:
But compared to how the 747s preserved in Atlanta and Australia it is a less fitting arrangement.

Be it at Bruntingthorper or Cosford aircraft are just left to corrode in the elements and are scrapped.


I believe the weather condition in Longreach, central Queensland is much more conducive compared to the weather in the UK, in terms of storing aircraft.


True however, the Museum of Flight is in Washington State which has relatively similar weather to the UK.

Just getting a roof over the aircraft to protect them from most of the rain must surely help?
 
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Thu May 05, 2022 11:54 am

James42 wrote:
crownvic wrote:

Separately, what has become of the Conroy CL-44 that was also at Bruntingthorpe? I sure hope it has not met the same fate.


The conroy sky monster is parked at Bournemouth and still in one piece I believe.


Yep, the CL-44 was still in one piece when I drove past Hurn a few days ago.
Mind you, there was a 1-11 500 in the same general area for a long time that I did not see. Does anyone know, has the 1-11 been moved, or has that now been scrapped?
 
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Thu May 05, 2022 12:05 pm

Bruntingthorpe was also used by car makers and journalists to test cars - a nice pic of some McLaren's under the tail of the Tristars is in the article - https://www.autocar.co.uk/car-news/features/nothing-left-prove-farewell-bruntingthorpe
 
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Re: Aircraft stored at Bruntingthorpe scrapped (RAF Tri-Stars, VC-10's, Super Guppy)

Thu May 05, 2022 12:07 pm

James42 wrote:
I'm sure there's a museum out there that would have been happy to take them, but I guess it's easier said than done transporting them.

Contrary to popular a.net belief commercial aircraft are not popular with museums.

Think of all the museums you have been too, and then think how many had single exhibits that are ~170’ long, ~170’ wide, and ~60’ high. Commercial jet (even the small ones) are much bigger than people give them credit for. Most museums operate with razor thin margins relying heavily on donations. Planes take up too much space, require too much upkeep ($$$) if placed outside, and don’t draw in the general public, and their money, as much as most people here think.
 
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Thu May 05, 2022 12:28 pm

Thanks for posting these amazing pics. So sad to see that the end result was a determined long after they were able to fly away.

Would it be possible to coordinate the end of life for an aircraft with a safe final resting place so that when an aircraft is due to be retired a suitable home/museum is found for it to fly to before it is grounded? They did it with Concorde. Of course everyone wanted a Concorde in their museum but surely a few L-1011/Super Guppy/VC-10s could find a good home. It would take some forethought but it seems doable with the right people behind it.
 
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Thu May 05, 2022 4:27 pm

Metchalus wrote:
Just getting a roof over the aircraft to protect them from most of the rain must surely help?

The problem is you need a LOT of roof to house a tristar, a VC-10 and a guppy. Not to mention all 6 tristars, both VC-10s and the guppy.

There won’t be a lot of museums with the money to do so.

The only ones would probably be the museums linked to the original manufacturers. (Boeing museum of flight, Airbus Musée Aeroscopia, etc). But for them money is not their primary motive, PR is their motive. And both Lockheed and Vickers are out of the airliner business…
 
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Mon Jun 20, 2022 12:43 am

Sraping the ex Airbus Super Guppy was totally unnecessary but busines is bususines. Shame on them. :old:
 
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Mon Jun 20, 2022 1:52 am

I am sorry to see the Tri-Stars go; easily in the two three of favorite jet aircraft. But I then remember that my last flight on one was in 1978, and that times change.
 
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Mon Jun 20, 2022 2:14 am

https://www.thedrive.com/the-war-zone/1 ... -refuelers

Article from 2017 talking about the plan for the Tristars to be bought by Tempus Applied Solutions and used for contract refueling.

I recall going down an internet rabbit hole several years ago trying to find out more about this plan, but not finding much. It's too bad, would have been neat to see a company make a go of it. I have to assume spares would be the biggest challenge.

I recall hearing stories about when the US retired the F-111, the Australian Air Force worked diligently to take possession of all the spare parts and tooling as they could, as they were the only other operators of the type. I have to assume that anyone who wanted to make the Tristar plan work would have had to have been there right at the aircraft retirement, taking as much of the documentation, tooling, and spares as they could legally get their hands on.
 
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Mon Jun 20, 2022 2:14 am

889091 wrote:
Metchalus wrote:
But compared to how the 747s preserved in Atlanta and Australia it is a less fitting arrangement.

Be it at Bruntingthorper or Cosford aircraft are just left to corrode in the elements and are scrapped.


I believe the weather condition in Longreach, central Queensland is much more conducive compared to the weather in the UK, in terms of storing aircraft.


WOL, where the first Qantas 744 is on display at the Historical Aviation Restoration Society (HARS) less so. THe annual airshow is regularly cancelled due to teh rain, and the airfield is only a few km from the surf coast.

Parkes, where thay have the aircraft that won't fit at WOL is much better conditions.

So sad to see the scrappings, and I'd never realised how much bigger teh Tristar was than the VC-10
 
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Mon Jun 20, 2022 4:37 am

James42 wrote:
crownvic wrote:

Separately, what has become of the Conroy CL-44 that was also at Bruntingthorpe? I sure hope it has not met the same fate.


The conroy sky monster is parked at Bournemouth and still in one piece I believe.


Thanks...Fingers crossed that this bird will not meet the same fate.
 
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Mon Jun 20, 2022 11:57 am

Metchalus wrote:
Preserving airliners is hard in the UK. I feel that part of the problem is that there are no museums capable of storing them.

Museums are either to far from major populations or have insufficient public transport.

Take Duxford for example, the collection is amazing but quite frankly it's basically in the middle of nowhere.
It's 2.5km from the nearest train station and the road there doesn't even have a pavement.

It's not near any major city.

Concorde aside, how many jetliners have been properly preserved.

BAs 747 have been preserved but in the past decade, the 757, 767 have been retired with none of them being kept in the UK.

VS A340s have secondary lives, but after that they'll probably all be scrapped.

How about the A320? Be it a BA or easyJet aircraft atleast one of those should be kept. They've been the mainstay of regional travel in this country for decades.
On top of that the UK is a key supplier.

Preserving an A380 would basically be a fantasy at this point.

I know at the end of the day these are just machines. But they are time capsules of human ingnuity.

If you can visit the Comet at Duxford it's like stepping back in time and for younger generations it's so detached from how they know aircraft today.

I think that the aviation community has to come together and think of a better way of preserving aircraft.

I believe the 747 at Kemble is being turned into some kind of entertainment venue. I understand that they must do what they must to pay the bills.

But compared to how the 747s preserved in Atlanta and Australia it is a less fitting arrangement.

Be it at Bruntingthorper or Cosford aircraft are just left to corrode in the elements and are scrapped.


Duxford - middle of nowhere ? It is less than 50 miles from London and has a Motorway running past it.
Their problems in regard to preserving airliners are firstly that they have a very short runway and it would be difficult to fly larger aircraft into the site and secondly once you have them they need to be maintained, In order to keep aircraft long term you either need permanent hangarage or a maintenance hangar where you can carry out repainting when required.
Then there is the factor that modern airliners arent really that interesting to the average visitor, most people have flown on a A320, many have done so multiple times.
 
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Thu Jun 23, 2022 7:59 pm

Bongodog49 wrote:
Metchalus wrote:
Preserving airliners is hard in the UK. I feel that part of the problem is that there are no museums capable of storing them.

Museums are either to far from major populations or have insufficient public transport.

Take Duxford for example, the collection is amazing but quite frankly it's basically in the middle of nowhere.
It's 2.5km from the nearest train station and the road there doesn't even have a pavement.

It's not near any major city.

Concorde aside, how many jetliners have been properly preserved.

BAs 747 have been preserved but in the past decade, the 757, 767 have been retired with none of them being kept in the UK.

VS A340s have secondary lives, but after that they'll probably all be scrapped.

How about the A320? Be it a BA or easyJet aircraft atleast one of those should be kept. They've been the mainstay of regional travel in this country for decades.
On top of that the UK is a key supplier.

Preserving an A380 would basically be a fantasy at this point.

I know at the end of the day these are just machines. But they are time capsules of human ingnuity.

If you can visit the Comet at Duxford it's like stepping back in time and for younger generations it's so detached from how they know aircraft today.

I think that the aviation community has to come together and think of a better way of preserving aircraft.

I believe the 747 at Kemble is being turned into some kind of entertainment venue. I understand that they must do what they must to pay the bills.

But compared to how the 747s preserved in Atlanta and Australia it is a less fitting arrangement.

Be it at Bruntingthorper or Cosford aircraft are just left to corrode in the elements and are scrapped.


Duxford - middle of nowhere ? It is less than 50 miles from London and has a Motorway running past it.
Their problems in regard to preserving airliners are firstly that they have a very short runway and it would be difficult to fly larger aircraft into the site and secondly once you have them they need to be maintained, In order to keep aircraft long term you either need permanent hangarage or a maintenance hangar where you can carry out repainting when required.
Then there is the factor that modern airliners arent really that interesting to the average visitor, most people have flown on a A320, many have done so multiple times.


By middle of nowhere I meant that more from a public transport perspective.

For younger generations who don't own cars the distance from the nearest train station is enough to turn people off.

I'd say that a modern airliner can be pretty interesting to people, if it's displayed in the right way

A bog standard A320 would comparatively be pretty boring. But if they opened up the cargo hold and let visitors in , and put a glass floor in so people can see the avionics bay.

Have the flaps down on one wing and a reversers deployed.

Things like that can give visitors an more in-depth experience without it being too technical or complicated.

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