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Old 12-07-2010, 03:29 PM   #1
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PAN AM Clipper Juan T.Trippe N747PA is Discovered UPDATED (SHE'S GONE)

Imagine my surprise when I opened the Los Angeles Times this morning and this jumped out at me...

http://www.latimes.com/news/nationwo...,7455087.story


Storied American jetliner languishes in obscurity in South Korea

The Juan T. Trippe, the first commercial 747 ever made, was briefly converted into a restaurant outside Seoul; now it sits idle and rusting. But aviation buffs have expressed interest in resurrecting the once-proud bird.


The big jet looks forlornly out of place perched in the near-deserted suburban lot, as if it just skidded off a nearby airport runway or crash-landed minutes ago.

But this plane has long been grounded, a retired icon of a bygone golden age of air travel. The 4-decade-old former Pan Am jet, the first commercial Boeing 747 ever built, could well be ensconced in an aviation museum, maybe next to the celebrated planes piloted by the Wright brothers or Charles Lindbergh.

Instead, it sits on a lot 25 miles northeast of Seoul, far from its U.S. birthplace, an ignominious end to a storied career.

It's a very long story but quite interesting so Please read it all here..

http://www.latimes.com/news/nationwo...,7455087.story


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Old 12-07-2010, 03:31 PM   #2
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PAN AM Clipper Juan T.Trippe N747PA is Discovered UPDATED!!!

Just found this series of pictures of the plane on the LA Times site..

http://www.latimes.com/news/nationwo...2.photogallery

Really Sad....















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Old 12-07-2010, 03:44 PM   #3
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Sal, this is supposed to be the season for joy and happiness, but this makes me want to cry. Thanks buddy.
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Old 12-07-2010, 03:48 PM   #4
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Sal, this is supposed to be the season for joy and happiness, but this makes me want to cry. Thanks buddy.
Sorry about that!!

This is going to take some work!!
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Old 12-07-2010, 04:01 PM   #5
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Glad it still exists, it should have been better looked after, like DC-8 ship one, which Fine Air scrapped, without realising its historic importance. Also in S Korea is the MATS Connie, at the KAL museum, where no one can really see it, and it no longer flies!
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Old 12-07-2010, 05:44 PM   #6
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Now that really is a disgrace. You would think that one of the billionaire's in the world,likes aviation,and would do something about this?
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Old 12-07-2010, 07:17 PM   #7
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What is that livery? Air Farce One? There might be interest in restoring that monster, but I doubt anybody will cough up the big bucks required, much less the cost of taking it apart, crating it up and sending it back to the states. I think this is the last we'll see of this plane before it becomes Coors cans.
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Old 12-07-2010, 07:19 PM   #8
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I wonder what Juan Trippe would have thought of this, too.
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I believe that this is the Clipper Juan T.Trippe taken from my plane.. We were both grounded at a National Guard Base in New York state on the way back from Italy because of bad weather over New York.

I also have photos of the plane at Norton AFB CA but I have to find those..




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Old 12-08-2010, 12:57 AM   #10
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It is sad to see the aircraft in the condition it is in atm, but atleast it hasnt been scrapped.. I hope that a wealthy bunch of enthusiasts come and rescue the beauty..

Sal, your photos are fantastic. You should start a thread just dedicated to the classic 747's..
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Old 12-08-2010, 06:48 AM   #11
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I have seen this somewhere before. I was under the impression that it was number 2 built? Either way, its a part of history. Nice find Sal...
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"Juan T. Trippe", the second B747 in Boeing production line and the first B747 delivered to airline(Pan Am) is spending her rest life in Korea. She has been moved to here(east surbub of Seoul) in Jul.'00 and used as restaurant but it was closed and neglected for long time. So sadly its state is very bad...Wings are removed by Korean construction law and only fuselage is preserved with fake engines and wings. No. 2 engine intake is covered with food menu.



Some shots taken of better times in the food industry,

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Old 12-08-2010, 07:24 AM   #13
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It's really sad to see in which condition this aircraft is. Looking at the pictures I would guess there is a lot of corrosion, and if everything what I think is corrosion than I have to say it's nearly impossible to save the aircraft....
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It's really sad to see in which condition this aircraft is. Looking at the pictures I would guess there is a lot of corrosion, and if everything what I think is corrosion than I have to say it's nearly impossible to save the aircraft....
It looks like just the shell of the fuselage is left, and that is in poor shape as you said. I doubt it's even worth saving at this point as well.
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Time to start a fund to save at least the front part including the upper deck.

I will start it off with $20.
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