Max Q
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Oldest 747 still flying

Fri Sep 21, 2018 11:18 am

I see there’s an IAF classic
still operating at 44 years
old


Impressive, I think that’s an
ex TWA aircraft, it must be the
oldest still flying?


Doubt there’s many civil classics
still going, all I can think of are
the ex Cathay -267 used by RR as
a test bed, SP’S include SOFIA,
the P&W test aircraft and a few VIP
models


Anyone know others ?
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Re: Oldest 747 still flying

Fri Sep 21, 2018 11:55 am

BAs oldest I think turned 28 a few months ago.
 
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Re: Oldest 747 still flying

Fri Sep 21, 2018 12:21 pm

Doesn’t Iran still have some classics still flying?
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Re: Oldest 747 still flying

Fri Sep 21, 2018 12:27 pm

RvA wrote:
BAs oldest I think turned 28 a few months ago.

They have two over 28yrs old active, G-BNLK & G-BNLN, G-BNLP will be 28 in December.
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Re: Oldest 747 still flying

Fri Sep 21, 2018 12:30 pm

There is a-200 freighter of Iran Air and a -300 of Mahan Air. Apart from that, only a handful -100 and -200s, some of them freighters, for Iran Air Force. Planespotters lists one of them as 49 years old, but no idea if it's still active.
 
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Re: Oldest 747 still flying

Fri Sep 21, 2018 12:33 pm

Caspian Airlines in Iran. 747-100 EP-CQB, almost 50 years old.

https://www.jetphotos.com/registration/EP-CQB
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Re: Oldest 747 still flying

Fri Sep 21, 2018 12:36 pm

The Iran 747s are from 1969-1970. Probably the oldest ones in operation.

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Re: Oldest 747 still flying

Fri Sep 21, 2018 12:43 pm

Oldest B747-100 still flying:

- 19667 LN.nr. 5 Boeing 747-100 EP-AJT Iran Air Force Jan 2013 (Mar 1975) Active 5-8101

Oldest B747SP still flying:

- 21649 LN nr. 373 Boeing 747SP VQ-BMS Las Vegas Sands Corporation May 2008 Active A9C-HMH

Oldest B743 still flying:

- 23070 LN nr. 592 Boeing 747-300 HZ-HM1A Saudi Arabian Government Dec 1983 Active N1784B

Oldest B744 still flying, but not for long:

- 23982 LN nr. 735 Boeing 747-400 PH-BFB KLM Royal Dutch Airlines C35W36Y337 Jun 1989 Active FB-002 Bangkok / City of Bangkok


all according to Airfleets
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Re: Oldest 747 still flying

Fri Sep 21, 2018 12:45 pm

readytotaxi wrote:
RvA wrote:
BAs oldest I think turned 28 a few months ago.

They have two over 28yrs old active, G-BNLK & G-BNLN, G-BNLP will be 28 in December.


It appears likely that LK and LP will leave the fleet this year, so LP may not actually make it to her 28th birthday (delivered 17 December 1990).
 
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Re: Oldest 747 still flying

Fri Sep 21, 2018 1:21 pm

readytotaxi wrote:
RvA wrote:
BAs oldest I think turned 28 a few months ago.

They have two over 28yrs old active, G-BNLK & G-BNLN, G-BNLP will be 28 in December.


That are 747-400s. They don´t fall into the 747 "Classic" category.

The oldest active 747s are employed by the Iranian AF.
Then we have the 747-200 E-4B of the USAF which were built, If I remember it right, in 1973-75.
 
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Re: Oldest 747 still flying

Fri Sep 21, 2018 1:53 pm

Just out of curiosity, anyone happens to know the oldest 747 in KL fleet?
 
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Re: Oldest 747 still flying

Fri Sep 21, 2018 1:56 pm

okay wrote:
Just out of curiosity, anyone happens to know the oldest 747 in KL fleet?

:point:
factsonly wrote:
Oldest B744 still flying, but not for long:

- 23982 LN nr. 735 Boeing 747-400 PH-BFB KLM Royal Dutch Airlines C35W36Y337 Jun 1989 Active FB-002 Bangkok / City of Bangkok
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Re: Oldest 747 still flying

Fri Sep 21, 2018 11:20 pm

I guarantee you won’t see any
44 year old A380s flying
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Re: Oldest 747 still flying

Thu Nov 08, 2018 9:59 am

bgm wrote:
Caspian Airlines in Iran. 747-100 EP-CQB, almost 50 years old.

https://www.jetphotos.com/registration/EP-CQB

JetPhotos has the worst airframes information on the net.
This 747 belongs to the Iranian Air Force, not Caspian Airlines!
 
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Re: Oldest 747 still flying

Thu Nov 08, 2018 2:29 pm

Max Q wrote:
I guarantee you won’t see any
44 year old A380s flying


Well thats true, but with all due respect, the Iranian situation is unique due to politics. The 44 year old 747 in Iran is not flying because it is an economically good idea.

Airbus makes high quality airplanes. There is no reason that a properly maintained A380 could not still be flying at 44 years old.

And I say all that as someone who thinks the A380 was a mistake for Airbus. The A380 wasn't ever an "economically good idea" imho.

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