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The first Boeing 777 goes to museum

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Hong Kong - The first Boeing "Triple Seven" WA001 goes to the museum after 24 years of service. The aircraft built in 1994 belonged to the passenger fleet of Cathay Pacific since 2000. (airlinerwatch.com) More...

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kinglou0
Lou Henley 4
Another win for the Museum of Flight!

While they may have made a concerted effort in the last few years to distance themselves from being considered the "Boeing" Museum of Flight, I'm glad that they continue to get donations like this. Can't wait to see this aircraft in person.
mikehe
Mike Hindson-Evans 4
Wow! Now I feel old! I remember the first Concorde flight in 1969 and I have visited most of the (surviving) airframes in their various locations around the planet.

To see the first 777 going into preservation in a museum (having visited the Boeing Museum of flight in Seattle last year to knock off another Concorde, the first 747 and the 3rd 787) shows a better fate than the boneyards of Arizona, southern France or other dumps.
ROBERTMILLSJR
ROBERT MILLS JR 1
Mike: Can you please provide the locations of those retired Concordes? I'd like to duplicate your adventure. Thanks.
ColinSeftel
Colin Seftel 2
There's a list in Wikipedia: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Concorde_aircraft_histories
mikehe
Mike Hindson-Evans 2
Thanks Colin; as an update, the picture of the Seattle Concorde is out of date, because it (and several other exhibits) is now under a purpose-built roof at the Seattle Museum of Flight.


The Barbados Concorde Museum closes for maintenance in September (guess which month we chose to visit?).

The French production list is two airframes short, having landed one on the hotel near CDG and having earlier bent one airframe in a heavy landing (that fuselage was subsequently cut up).

Enjoy your travels. The Scottish Museum of Flight is a lovely setting to view G-BOAA in its hangar.

Mike
ROBERTMILLSJR
ROBERT MILLS JR 1
Thanks Mike and Colin! It looks like getting to all of them will be fairly reasonable with their primary locations in Europe and USA. Barbados begs the question as to "why Barbados?"
The mention of one of the missing two airframes being the result of "landing on a hotel" brought memories of some discussions of why the captain flew over a populated area in such a sparse area, or, if he even had roll or yaw control. Still can't believe the A&P that had done the repairs on the DC-10 that dropped the debris wasn't brought to justice.
mikehe
Mike Hindson-Evans 2
Good morning Robert;

"Why Barbados?" is an easy one; BA operated a Concorde service to Barbados for many years. At the end of service, Barbados made a successful bid to provide a home for an ex-BA Concorde. The airframe selected, G-BOAE (c/n 212), was the 'plane which had spent the most time shuttling between LHR and Bridgetown, delivering the fast over-water flights which Concorde excelled at.


The hangar at BGI is a great environment for her (apart from when a hurricane blew then back end out of the building, but that was exceptional weather) and you see the building as you taxi in on landing.

As to the Paris incident, I'm not going to talk about French drivers!
Bobqat
Bob Harrington 2
Got to see this beastie shooting up BFI just a couple days after its first flight. Glad she gets to come home.

https://www.flickr.com/photos/138175399@N04/24709548332/in/album-72157663609367269/
rdlink
rdlink 1
I'm curious about that first UAL 777 in service. I wonder if I flew on it back in 1996. I flew a DEN-IAD trip, and was in front. One of the FAs brought what looked to be her kids up to the flight deck, and the captain and first officer gave them a tour, like he was showing off his brand new car.

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