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Airliners Past: M.E.A. receives their 1st Boeing 747

Mon Aug 12, 2019 11:30 am

A rare find online is sure to be this viewing of MEA Middle East Airlines taking ownership of 747-2B4B OD-AGH in May of 1975.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s4o4NavB4js


...I must confess, I liked the look of MEA as kid because I saw it as an airline with a christmas tree on the tail.
Then I grew up and learned a bit more...but the livery was a stunner.

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Re: Airliners Past: M.E.A. receives their 1st Boeing 747

Mon Aug 12, 2019 12:39 pm

Now this is a rare gem. Sadly, it arrived just in time to operate in dark times for the country and its airline.
 
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Re: Airliners Past: M.E.A. receives their 1st Boeing 747

Mon Aug 12, 2019 1:25 pm

Jon Proctor, one of the best aviation photographers, and one of the nicest people, ever to be associated with our hobby, worked as a crewman on MEA's 747s when they were leased to Saudia in the late 1970s. He shared his experiences on his blog:

http://jonproctor.net/overseas-assignment/

Jon shares some fascinating stories about what it was like to be an American expatriate in the Middle East in this blog entry, as well as a few of his many terrific photos.
 
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Re: Airliners Past: M.E.A. receives their 1st Boeing 747

Mon Aug 12, 2019 4:55 pm

SpaceshipDC10 wrote:
Now this is a rare gem. Sadly, it arrived just in time to operate in dark times for the country and its airline.


True, there will be an upcoming Beirut International Airport before all hell broke loose and it was destroyed (several times actually).


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Re: Airliners Past: M.E.A. receives their 1st Boeing 747

Mon Aug 12, 2019 8:04 pm

Now that is some awesome footage. Was this the last time MEA received a brand new Boeing A/C?
 
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Re: Airliners Past: M.E.A. receives their 1st Boeing 747

Mon Aug 12, 2019 9:00 pm

Great film.... I remember these pair of 747s, working for BA as G-BVLE and F during the mid to late 80s. If I remember right they were operated in theIr Combi configuration. ...Detroit and Toronto perhaps? Not sure now.

But before OD-AGI or N203AE joined BA on lease she spent a short time with Gulf Air in full colours and I remember peering through the fence at Heathrow and snapping a picture of her (in 1985). Parked up on a Sunday morning just by where the BA 777 crashed landed a few years ago.

Such a sad time for Lebanon looking back now, it's amazing MEA (and TMA) kept going during those days, their 707s were always a popular slight at that time. All these years later, I deal with our office in Beirut almost every week now.

Interesting film. Thanks for sharing.
 
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Re: Airliners Past: M.E.A. receives their 1st Boeing 747

Mon Aug 12, 2019 9:13 pm

WA707atMSP wrote:
Jon Proctor, one of the best aviation photographers, and one of the nicest people, ever to be associated with our hobby, worked as a crewman on MEA's 747s when they were leased to Saudia in the late 1970s. He shared his experiences on his blog:

http://jonproctor.net/overseas-assignment/

Jon shares some fascinating stories about what it was like to be an American expatriate in the Middle East in this blog entry, as well as a few of his many terrific photos.


Thank you for that link, fantastic reading about the lives the crew lived.

Way back when, a friend at school's dad was a pilot for Saudia, I really wish I had had my love of aviation back then or that he was alive now so I could ask him questions. The only thing that really sticks in my mind was me asking him why he was a pilot for them and not British Airways, his reply was simple "Money".

So I have to wonder how much Saudia pilots made (i'm thinking he was a Tri-Star pilot) compared to BA pilots at that time.
 
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Re: Airliners Past: M.E.A. receives their 1st Boeing 747

Mon Aug 12, 2019 10:37 pm

SXDFC wrote:
Was this the last time MEA received a brand new Boeing A/C?


No, three months later.

Here are the three 747s they received new.

https://www.planespotters.net/airframe/ ... r/LrlXUlrB

https://www.planespotters.net/airframe/ ... t/j832FEk1

https://www.planespotters.net/airframe/ ... r/j83xuEkj


They even got the then new livery and were flown as far away as SYD.

 
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Re: Airliners Past: M.E.A. receives their 1st Boeing 747

Mon Aug 12, 2019 11:29 pm

WA707atMSP wrote:
Jon Proctor, one of the best aviation photographers, and one of the nicest people, ever to be associated with our hobby, worked as a crewman on MEA's 747s when they were leased to Saudia in the late 1970s. He shared his experiences on his blog:

http://jonproctor.net/overseas-assignment/

Jon shares some fascinating stories about what it was like to be an American expatriate in the Middle East in this blog entry, as well as a few of his many terrific photos.


Absolutely fascinating read, thanks for the link!
 
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Re: Airliners Past: M.E.A. receives their 1st Boeing 747

Tue Aug 13, 2019 8:55 pm

BN747 wrote:
A rare find online is sure to be this viewing of MEA Middle East Airlines taking ownership of 747-2B4B OD-AGH in May of 1975.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s4o4NavB4js


...I must confess, I liked the look of MEA as kid because I saw it as an airline with a christmas tree on the tail.
Then I grew up and learned a bit more...but the livery was a stunner.

BN747

blogs like these is the sole reason I keep checking the forum. Thank you!
 
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Re: Airliners Past: M.E.A. receives their 1st Boeing 747

Wed Aug 14, 2019 12:21 am

UGLYRAED wrote:
BN747 wrote:
A rare find online is sure to be this viewing of MEA Middle East Airlines taking ownership of 747-2B4B OD-AGH in May of 1975.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s4o4NavB4js


...I must confess, I liked the look of MEA as kid because I saw it as an airline with a christmas tree on the tail.
Then I grew up and learned a bit more...but the livery was a stunner.

BN747

blogs like these is the sole reason I keep checking the forum. Thank you!



Glad to provide..rest assured, more is coming. I'm trying to decide aside from Airports Past, which to spring up next? A feature of DC-10 carriers or DC-8 operators...I'm close to going with the DC-10s.


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Re: Airliners Past: M.E.A. receives their 1st Boeing 747

Wed Aug 14, 2019 2:29 am

If it wasn't for geopolitics turning their home countries upside down, instead of the ME3, it probably would have been MEA and IR who would have dominated aviation in their region.
 
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Re: Airliners Past: M.E.A. receives their 1st Boeing 747

Wed Aug 14, 2019 7:15 am

Great video and read I used to love seeing the MEA 707’s flying over my house in the 80’s. Finally got to fly them in recent times . Great airline.
 
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Re: Airliners Past: M.E.A. receives their 1st Boeing 747

Wed Aug 14, 2019 8:39 am

Aircraft data :

L/N 262 MSN 21097 B747-2B4B(M) first reg. OD-AGH F/F 05-16-75 DEL 05-30-75 Basic number R1532 Variable number RD621 Operator MEA
L/N 263 MSN 21098 B747-2B4B(M) first reg. OD-ADI F/F 06-05-75 DEL 06-20-75 Basic number R1533 Variable number RD622 Operator MEA
L/N 264 MDN 21099 B747-2B4B(M) first reg. OD-ADJ F/F 08-07-75 DEL 08-20-75 Basic number R1534 Variable number RD623 Operator MEA

B4 = Boeing customer code of MEA
Engines P&W JT9D-7FW

Ref L/N 262 history, see : https://www.planespotters.net/airframe/ ... r/LrlXUlrB
Aircraft was converted to Special Freighter (SF) configuration in 1997, also the engines were upgraded to Dash 7J status.
Last recorded technical FAA info was at 10/13/2008 : No #3 JT9D-7J engine fire during CLB at 3500 ft, total hours 77264, total cycles 19805.
Aircraft was stored at OSC at December 24th 2008, just before reaching the threshold of 20.000 cycles, requiring a very expensive section 41 modification.
Operating a twin over the ocean, you're always one engine failure from a total emergency.
 
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Re: Airliners Past: M.E.A. receives their 1st Boeing 747

Wed Aug 14, 2019 10:13 am

The 742 is just beautiful.

In fact I think all short upper deck 747s to be beautiful. The stretched upper deck 747s looks a bit out of proportion.
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Re: Airliners Past: M.E.A. receives their 1st Boeing 747

Wed Aug 14, 2019 4:35 pm

OA260 wrote:
Great video and read I used to love seeing the MEA 707’s flying over my house in the 80’s. Finally got to fly them in recent times . Great airline.


Thanks!

aryonoco wrote:
If it wasn't for geopolitics turning their home countries upside down, instead of the ME3, it probably would have been MEA and IR who would have dominated aviation in their region.



No question! Were MEA allowed to prosper from the heydey of 'the Paris of the ME' up til now, MEA would have done what Gulf Air should have done...become 'Emirates' before there was an Emirates. They had the edge.


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Re: Airliners Past: M.E.A. receives their 1st Boeing 747

Wed Aug 14, 2019 5:07 pm

The BA combis appeared all over the north american network- I had a JFK flight once.

The MEA 747's were leased out most of their lives purely for insurance purposes- they couldn't get coverage for the 747's, even when the war had low points and the airport operated reasonably normally.
The BEY-DXB-SIN-SYD once weekly flight was a huge money loser- also operated with A310's. The flight would overnight in SYD and one crew would deadhead DXB-SIN on BI. The SIN-SYD-SIN crew would deadhead back to BEY.
 
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Re: Airliners Past: M.E.A. receives their 1st Boeing 747

Fri Aug 16, 2019 3:02 pm

sonicruiser wrote:
WA707atMSP wrote:
Jon Proctor, one of the best aviation photographers, and one of the nicest people, ever to be associated with our hobby, worked as a crewman on MEA's 747s when they were leased to Saudia in the late 1970s. He shared his experiences on his blog:

http://jonproctor.net/overseas-assignment/

Jon shares some fascinating stories about what it was like to be an American expatriate in the Middle East in this blog entry, as well as a few of his many terrific photos.


Absolutely fascinating read, thanks for the link!


I'm glad you enjoyed Jon's article.

This is just one small part of Jon's blog; on other pages of his blog, he shares many stories about his career, which was mainly with TWA, as well as the career of his father, one of AA's first pilots. There are many wonderful stories; some happy (Ella Fitzgerald singing a lullabye to calm down a baby, on a PIT-LAX flight Jon was working) and some sad (Jon was on duty as an agent at LAX the day a TWA 880 departed LAX for CVG, only to crash near CVG with heavy loss of life, and he interacted with several of the passengers and flight attendants who were killed in the crash). Be sure to read the other pages of Jon's blog - you will NOT regret doing so!

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