The Great KLM 747 Thread

Old Mar 13, 2020, 9:33 am
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Well crap. I was about to fly to New York in May just to catch a ride on one
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Old Mar 13, 2020, 12:39 pm
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So, any guesses where it'll go for its final flights?
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Old Mar 13, 2020, 4:55 pm
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So, any guesses where it'll go for its final flights?
Victorville, I'd guess!!
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Old Mar 13, 2020, 6:07 pm
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Originally Posted by irishguy28
Victorville, I'd guess!!
....ing hate you for that.. and liked it...

It will be Spain....

and the last one to my backyard... which is not yet big enough.. but with crowd funding it should be possible!

next year BBQ on the starboard wing!
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Old Mar 14, 2020, 1:18 pm
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Old Mar 18, 2020, 6:26 am
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During my recent flight with the PH-BFY the captain kindly thanked me for my loyalty by inviting me to join the view from the flight deck of the 747 for the last time.

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Old Mar 19, 2020, 10:06 pm
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My flight last month on AMS-LAX turned out to be my last ride on KL 747

So long Queen of the Sky. I will miss the KL blue and white 747... one of the most classy 747 livery.
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Old Mar 21, 2020, 1:01 pm
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PH-BFH bit the dust earlier this month. It's now resting in Teruel.

Pictures taken from Schiphol Oost earlier this month, possibly right after the tail was painted over:

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Old Mar 22, 2020, 5:18 am
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I flew back from Mexico and that was it. My whole life on 747s. And this was the last one on KL747 for me....

The captain probably retired after this flight but he did not know for sure yet.

it was really emotional when I walked out of her.. people probably would laugh about it but I really like 747s.

I never made a list but I probably flew them all.

I even flew with a cargo flight when a few rhinos where flown to Tanzania. (Could have been Kenia).

Have some great memories of flights with the 747. And I bet I have been on one of them with fellow flyertalkers.

I hope they donate one to Aviodrome. Would be nice to have another one there.. chances are slim... I know!
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Old Mar 22, 2020, 11:10 am
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I had the pleasure of flying a KLM 747-300 back in April, 1996: YYZ-AMS on PH-BUO, "Missouri." I believe this aircraft started off as a 200 and was converted to a 300. This was back in the days I flew Northwest a lot so I think I did it on an award ticket, DEN-DTW-YYZ on NW first. The aircraft had economy class in the nose so I think I had 2K or whatever the window seat would be numbered. They were very strict about carry-on bags, but I managed to score two "cabin baggage" tags at check-in and managed to get onboard! The flight was completely full; I remember the meals with the name of the entree on the foil lid.

I flew on to MXP, then back MXP-AMS-DTW-DEN. AMS-DTW was an MD-11, the only time I had that pleasure. I think it was PH-KCG "Maria Callas." KLM seems to be my go-to for some odd types; the year before we did BCN-AMS on an A-310, also a thrill.

Great memories!
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Old Mar 22, 2020, 1:05 pm
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There's a Facebook group with much activity in the past days from people posting videos and pictures of the lady's last days..

https://www.facebook.com/groups/FarewellKLMBoeing747/
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Old Mar 22, 2020, 4:13 pm
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living in Amsterdam today I noticed a few planes over our home - not unusual but these days it is unusual . Looking them up - KL 747's on the way to Mexico City and Vancouver - probably final freight rotations...sad - the noise was noticeable but comforting.

And flying those beasts - a bit like the DC9 disappearing.... or the F100....
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Old Mar 22, 2020, 4:35 pm
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Originally Posted by Meneer Guggenheimer
it was really emotional when I walked out of her.. people probably would laugh about it but I really like 747s.
I'm not laughing, 'cause I really like 'm too! I Most likely flew on all of them as well, KL's 747s and I go back to their very first one. However, I just can't get emotional about an airplane.

And cheer up, LH still has the 747-800i, with a really nice F cabin in the nose!

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Old Mar 22, 2020, 5:55 pm
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Originally Posted by pjhartog
KL 747's on the way to Mexico City and Vancouver
Looking around Schiphol both on the ground and from the air this afternoon, I could not see a single parked 747, with the sole exception of an ERF at the freight terminal. The last ones must indeed still be busy flying. Beautiful day, by the way. Even the Dutch air was less filthy than usual.

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