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Abandoned Derelict/retired Jetliner At GPT

Mon Dec 02, 2013 9:32 pm

So I was in GPT this morning, and while drinking my coffee in the terminal, I looked across the field approximately where the Crash, Fire and Rescue training site is, and through the trees, you can just barely see an aircraft like a DC8, 707, or a CV880/990. It's all white but barely visible. I'm positive its some 1st generation 4-engined jetliner. Anyone know what it is or the history or story behind it?
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RE: Abandoned Derelict/retired Jetliner At GPT

Mon Dec 02, 2013 9:59 pm

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RE: Abandoned Derelict/retired Jetliner At GPT

Mon Dec 02, 2013 10:06 pm

Quoting jetjack74 (Thread starter):
So I was in GPT this morning, and while drinking my coffee in the terminal, I looked across the field approximately where the Crash, Fire and Rescue training site is, and through the trees, you can just barely see an aircraft like a DC8, 707, or a CV880/990. It's all white but barely visible. I'm positive its some 1st generation 4-engined jetliner. Anyone know what it is or the history or story behind it?

There's a derelict white Martin 4-0-4 twin-piston aircraft near the trees on the west side of GPT airport. Wonder if that's the one you're referring to? You can see it on Google Maps.
http://goo.gl/maps/qjrDZ

Another reference to it here.
http://wikimapia.org/11245518/Derelict-Martin-404

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RE: Abandoned Derelict/retired Jetliner At GPT

Mon Dec 02, 2013 10:08 pm

The only thing on Google Earth that remotely matches your location is a Convair propliner on the west side of the airport in the trees, just south of the fire training mockup.
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RE: Abandoned Derelict/retired Jetliner At GPT

Mon Dec 02, 2013 10:10 pm

Quoting Spacepope (Reply 3):
The only thing on Google Earth that remotely matches your location is a Convair propliner on the west side of the airport in the trees, just south of the fire training mockup.

As mentioned in Reply 2, it''s a Martin 4-0-4, not a Convair.
 
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RE: Abandoned Derelict/retired Jetliner At GPT

Mon Dec 02, 2013 10:11 pm

Looking at Bing aerial imagery, looks like an old pro or early turboprop. I assume this is what you saw, unless another plane has been brought in since this image was shot.

 
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RE: Abandoned Derelict/retired Jetliner At GPT

Mon Dec 02, 2013 10:14 pm

Quoting Viscount724 (Reply 4):

Yeah, your reply hadn't posted when I wrote mine, so don't get too worried about it. All you can see from google earth is the general shape, and since the 404 is such a rare bird...
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RE: Abandoned Derelict/retired Jetliner At GPT

Mon Dec 02, 2013 10:15 pm

Going off of Google Earth (most recent images are from March of 2013), the only such derelict a/c at GPT is an old twin engine propliner and a Google search turns up a derelict Martin 404 that is an ex-PBA one and was part of a group of Martin 404s that ended up in the area (several were stored for a number of years at HSA) after PBA was shutdown in the late 1980s.


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Here's some more info on said plane:

http://www.ruudleeuw.com/deepsouth.htm

http://www.skippyscage.com/aviation/ms/gulfport/
 
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RE: Abandoned Derelict/retired Jetliner At GPT

Mon Dec 02, 2013 10:51 pm

Quoting Spacepope (Reply 6):
Quoting Viscount724 (Reply 4):

Yeah, your reply hadn't posted when I wrote mine, so don't get too worried about it. All you can see from google earth is the general shape, and since the 404 is such a rare bird...

If you zoom in you can also see the Martin's rear ventral airstairs which the Convair didn't have (except a very few early Convair 240s which had 3 or 4 optional door arrangements).

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