First 747-400 leaves for desert

Old Sep 14, 09, 3:47 pm
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First 747-400 leaves for desert

The first of the next batch to be stored leaves LHR direct for the desert tomorrow. It's GBNLG going to Victorville, probably one way.
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Old Sep 14, 09, 3:49 pm
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The first of the next batch to be stored leaves LHR direct for the desert tomorrow. It's GBNLG going to Victorville, probably one way.
That is truly sad, I do hope that its not a trend
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Old Sep 14, 09, 3:55 pm
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Out of interest has it been in CWL having the seats and various interior components removed first or is it leaving direct from LHR with the interior work undertaken in VCV ?
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Jumbodriver who flies the planes to the desert, is it BA pilots or storage company pilots?
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Old Sep 14, 09, 3:58 pm
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Very sad news
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Old Sep 14, 09, 3:59 pm
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Originally Posted by Jumbodriver View Post
The first of the next batch to be stored leaves LHR direct for the desert tomorrow. It's GBNLG going to Victorville, probably one way.
And it's only a teenager

http://www.airfleets.net/ficheapp/plane-b747-24049.htm
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Do they all head for CA or are some coming to AZ?
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Old Sep 14, 09, 4:09 pm
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Stored? Graveyard unless some African airline is willing to pay for a very old plane for a song when the airline industry starts picking up surely.
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Sadly, but an effect of recession and more energy-awareness.

Anotherone bites the dust!

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I'll buy G-BNLG for a nominal sum of 1. I could stretch to 1.50 if it comes to it. @:-)
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Old Sep 14, 09, 4:18 pm
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Very, very sad. Oh how I wish they'd send them to LGW instead

Utterly stupid I know, but I feel really sorry for it sat out there on its own (as a BA aircraft) gathering dust. It's not as if the plane has feelings.

You must feel sad to see it go too Jumbodriver

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Old Sep 14, 09, 4:22 pm
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Very, very sad. Oh how I wish they'd send them to LGW instead
Great idea! You would then see me at LGW more often!
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Old Sep 14, 09, 5:05 pm
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Originally Posted by johnny5a View Post
Jumbodriver who flies the planes to the desert, is it BA pilots or storage company pilots?
BA pilots, usually management.
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Old Sep 14, 09, 5:09 pm
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You must feel sad to see it go too Jumbodriver
First of many as well.

He'd better grab 777Driver as a handle before it gets snapped up.
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Old Sep 14, 09, 5:10 pm
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The 747 is an icon, in a way that the 777 and the A380 never can be. Much like Concorde, its design is absoultely timeless. It still looks amazing some 40 years later. The 777 is just too plain, and looks like an overgrown 737 (even though I think it is a great plane -- I still remember my first 777 flight back in 1996). Don't get me started on the A380.

I've never been one to take pictures on planes, but I have a a handful of BA 744 flights scheduled for later this year, and I think I'm going to start taking a few photos.
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