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Old 12-14-2010, 01:39 AM   #31
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Tragic, but going by how much corrosion is evident there was probably little other choice. It's a damn shame to see such an important aircraft go this way. As far as I'm concerned all 747s should be preserved.
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Old 12-14-2010, 01:49 AM   #32
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Well, the real thing may be gone but I can still enjoy Juan T. Trippe by looking across the apron at my little Perth.

Mind you, after watching "The Aviator" again last night I find it rather hard to feel any affection for the name Juan Trippe after seeing the sort of shenanigans he was prepared to employ to keep Howard Hughes and TWA out of competition with Pan Am.

(My favourite part of the movie - Howard Hughes before the Senate committee where the Committee chairman was absolutely no match for him)

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Old 12-14-2010, 01:52 AM   #33
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The City of Everett B747 at Seattle wasn't looking that much better when I saw it a little over a year ago. I would place it higher in importance compared to the PanAm aircraft. This really needs to be refurbished urgently and placed indoors.



I agree. I saw City of Everett in '08 and was not expecting it too look so worn. Hopefully, it will get pampered like the 707 at the Smithsonian. I was lucky enough to see that one in Tucson in '89 and later in Virginia in '07.
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Old 12-14-2010, 04:40 AM   #34
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N747PA gone to that great airport in the sky. Let's remember her in happier times:





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Old 12-14-2010, 05:12 AM   #35
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Given the embarrassing condition that 'N747PA' was kept in, I think scrapping her was the best outcome IMO. It is important to note that she had already been broken up in the USA years earlier, and then the parts shipped to South Korea and quite crudely welded together in an attempt to try and resemble a 747. If any campaign should have been raised to save her, this should have been done years ago whilst she was still in the USA and still intact!
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Old 12-14-2010, 11:42 AM   #36
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All I can say is that you are right about a sad truth!
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Well, the real thing may be gone but I can still enjoy Juan T. Trippe by looking across the apron at my little Perth.

Mind you, after watching "The Aviator" again last night I find it rather hard to feel any affection for the name Juan Trippe after seeing the sort of shenanigans he was prepared to employ to keep Howard Hughes and TWA out of competition with Pan Am.

(My favourite part of the movie - Howard Hughes before the Senate committee where the Committee chairman was absolutely no match for him)

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Good to see her make the trip down there. May she find clear skies and a strong tailwind.
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Old 12-15-2010, 08:49 AM   #38
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I remember doing transit checks on N747PA as an apprentice during the mid 70's in Sydney.
Even then when the aircraft was relatively young I still felt the significance of this particular machine.This bird had many subtle differences compared QF 747's and other later PAN AM's. eg. The blunt shape of the front of the T/E flap canoe fairings among them.

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