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simpsondude
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747 At PIK?

Fri Aug 26, 2011 5:11 pm

I regularly fly to/from PIK and have always noticed the white 747-100 sitting at the airfield.
Earlier today I arrived on an FR flight from GRO and managed to get a close up look at the aircraft from the car park.
It seems to be in a really bad condition, with part of the tail missing.
What is the history of this aircraft? And what is its fate? Is it just going to be left there to die at PIK?
 
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RE: 747 At PIK?

Fri Aug 26, 2011 5:28 pm

Its a former Polar Air Cargo aircraft that was donated to the airport.

Polar for almost 10-years had a engineering hangar at PIK.
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RE: 747 At PIK?

Fri Aug 26, 2011 5:33 pm

I believe it's used for fire training and other such purposes. I haven't been down to PIK in over a year since I moved, but I was under the impression that aircraft was gone, since it's been there forever and no longer shows up on Google Maps, (although there is an interesting T-Tail fuselage sitting over that way...). I wonder where it was when the maps aerial shots were taken? Is there somewhere and I'm just not seeing it?
 
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RE: 747 At PIK?

Fri Aug 26, 2011 5:41 pm

As far as I'm aware, part of the vertical tail rudder was blown off during a storm a few years back. It doesn't show up on google maps as the images used for Prestwick on Google Earth were taken a good few years ago, around the start of the millenium. The hanger beside the Prestwick Flying Club isn't even on Google Maps. When I photographed it back in 2009, it was registered N852FT.
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RE: 747 At PIK?

Fri Aug 26, 2011 5:58 pm

I decided to take a look at the Google Map for PIK just for kicks and there appears to be 3 USAF 747's parked there: 2 on runway 03 and 1 just off to the side of 31.

Any insight into what would be going on there?
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RE: 747 At PIK?

Fri Aug 26, 2011 6:01 pm

It had a great life----over 86,000 hours and 21,000 cycles!!
 
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RE: 747 At PIK?

Fri Aug 26, 2011 6:29 pm

Quoting WestJet747 (Reply 4):
I decided to take a look at the Google Map for PIK just for kicks and there appears to be 3 USAF 747's parked there: 2 on runway 03 and 1 just off to the side of 31.

Any insight into what would be going on there?

Those are 3x USAF C-5 Galaxy's, not 747's.  
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RE: 747 At PIK?

Fri Aug 26, 2011 6:39 pm

I also managed to get a look at the new FR hanger at PIK. Not as impressive as the one at STN, but still great for PIK to be a major maintenance base for FR.
 
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RE: 747 At PIK?

Fri Aug 26, 2011 6:40 pm

Quoting legoguy (Reply 6):
Those are 3x USAF C-5 Galaxy's, not 747's.

I should have known that....   

Thanks!
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RE: 747 At PIK?

Fri Aug 26, 2011 7:05 pm

###Thread Drift Alert###

What´s the story with the 747 at Dunsfold park in Surrey?
The "Top Gear" test track……..

There´s always a 747-(200??) in the background, while they´re abusing any kind of car.
Who does she belong to? What´s her story?

Sorry to go mildly off topic.

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RE: 747 At PIK?

Fri Aug 26, 2011 7:12 pm

I didn't realise the Google Maps data was so old. They really shouldn't put the 2011 date on it, eh?

Quoting n471wn (Reply 5):
Any insight into what would be going on there?

PIK is a regular stopping place for Military Aircraft of all shapes and sizes. It's a common sight.

Quoting notaxonrotax (Reply 9):
What´s the story with the 747 at Dunsfold park in Surrey?
The "Top Gear" test track……..

I don't know who owns that 747, but I believe it was retrofitted at one point for use in a movie. It was a Bond one I believe, which is why in some episodes of Top Gear you can see it's engines replaced with what look like missile launchers. Actually, Wikipedia sheds light on it's history:

A Boeing 747-200 which served with British Airways until 2002 as City of Birmingham, G-BDXJ, was purchased by Aces High Limited, a company specialising in supplying aircraft for television and film work, and transferred to Dunsfold.
It was modified and used for filming for the 2006 James Bond film Casino Royale. Some of the scenes set at Miami International Airport were filmed at Dunsfold. It has also appeared in the background of numerous Top Gear episodes and directly in an episode where it is towed by a JCB Fastrac tractor. It was also towed by a Volkswagen Touareg in a 2006 Fifth Gear episode, the same year that the modified aircraft and Dunsfold Airfield were featured in a television advertisement filmed for the Volkswagen Touareg, demonstrating the vehicle's towing ability. In 2008 it featured in an episode of Scrapheap Challenge in which contestants created machines to tow the aircraft.[citation needed] Modifications to the aircraft include the removal of the existing Rolls Royce engines and replacement with twin mount engines, similar to those fitted to aircraft such as the B-52 Heavy Bomber.
The aircraft was a major feature in Primeval on the 18 April 2009, in which it was nearly eaten by a dinosaur.
The plane was also used in the 2009 BBC production of The Day Of The Triffids, in the scene where Bill Masen woke up in its engine nacelle.

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