Dalmd88 wrote:It would be hard to prove it was delivered on a particular aircraft with out the part records. Items like this could have been installed on various aircraft during service. Most airlines will swap out the panel if there is a problem with any of the components on the panel. The panel then goes to a shop and gets fixed. Put back in stock and installed on another aircraft.
It is an early build panel judging by the date stamp and was likely in service with Pan Am. I would guess the s/n would be a Pan Am assigned number. Likely assigned during the panel's first shop visit. The second panel of this part number to visit the shop I would guess.
Dalmd88 wrote:Most airlines will swap out the panel if there is a problem with any of the components on the panel. The panel then goes to a shop and gets fixed.
DL_Mech wrote:I was looking at a part from N633DL used to repair the Azores hard landing A/C and it had a date of Jan. 1987. That plane was delivered to DL in December 1987. So that October 1968 date does match up with an early build 747-121. I have only seen Boeing Variable Numbers on some parts which would trace it to a particular A/C.
Lockheed would frequently make the Serial Number of some large parts the same as the S/S (Ship Serial) Number. The Eastern Flight 401 Everglades crash A/C was S/S 1011 (11th L-1011 produced). I did find a couple of parts with S/S 1011 stamped on them on N308EA (S/S 1009). Whether it was swapped at the factory or at Eastern later will always be a mystery.
TheWorm123 wrote:Asking out of interest mostly, but did they actually remove every single part that came off 401 after the ghost stories started or were some (possibly including the parts you mentioned) still in rotation?
fr8mech wrote:TheWorm123 wrote:Asking out of interest mostly, but did they actually remove every single part that came off 401 after the ghost stories started or were some (possibly including the parts you mentioned) still in rotation?
Just listened to a podcast talking about Eastern 401, and they claim all the parts were removed...and the sightings stopped.
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