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Old 22nd Apr 2009, 08:28
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N747PA rusting away

N747PA was the second 747 ever made, the first to be delivered and flown commercially. After it was decommissioned, it was turned in to a restaurant in Suwon, South Korea. It has since been abandoned, so you now have the shell of a historic aircraft just sitting there on the street, slowly falling apart. There are some excellent photos of the current situation at the following site: Dark Roasted Blend: Abandoned Boeing 747 Restaurant (and Other Plane Conversions)





What a way to go ...
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Old 22nd Apr 2009, 09:37
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I remember seeing this at Heathrow when I was a wee laddie, glimmering in white with the blue decals, the epitomy of international travel at the time. It is indeed a tragedy (from a romantic sense) that it sits rusting away in a bastardised state. It's 'soul', if aircraft have such a thing, has long since left the dessicated hulk in the photos.

I was seriously considering opening such a restaurant a few years back, but sobered up smartly when i researched just how quickly the novelty value disappears and the customers go elsewhere. Perhaps at an airport there might be a viable business opportunity to be had ?

As an aside wasn't this one of those early frames that Boeing bought back so they could strip it bare and see where there was corrosion etc and they found that most of the internal erosion was caused by the acidic march of leaking urine from the toilets ?


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I've often wondered why would anyone want to go and dine in an old aeroplane fuselage?

The Fiji state aircraft was abandoned at Subang in KL. After several years the old B707 was moved down the road to Petaling Jaya and turned into a restaurant. Nobody came to eat, the restaurant went bust and the aircraft rotted away. That seems to always be the way with these schemes. The same seems to apply to old ships turned into nightclubs.
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Hope the QEII does better.
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I've often wondered why would anyone want to go and dine in an old aeroplane fuselage?

About 30 years ago an old DC-3 was used in Darmstadt (D) as a restaurant. It was on a parking lot near the main railway station. I heard some time later that the guys who errected it had no knowledge of undergear downlocks and in something of a storm one night one side retracted and dropped the aircraft on the second-hand BMW's that were for sale and parked there.

I ate there a few times - the word used to go around "we're just popping up to Darmstadt International Airport for lunch" and off we'd go - but as several JB's commented, the novelty soon wore off. Mind you, the toilets were free to use......
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Poor old 747. Just a very close formation of several million
potential beer-cans now, by the looks of it!!!
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Interesting to see the 'corrosion' where the ribs are.
You can also see where the blue section has been repainted.
Is this just flaking of the paint (due to thermal flexing of the stucture?) or is it actually a chemical reaction (and if so, what causes it?)?
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No, its actually Air Force One just after maintenance.
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No, its actually Air Force One just after maintenance.
After maintenance? Somebody better tell them they forgot to gaffer tape the engines back on!
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You'd need a conveyor belt to get that sucker airborne.
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Did the earliest jumbos have iron or steel frames in their fuselage? Because those streaks of corrosion are really reddish, not something you'd expect if they were aluminium surely...?!
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The plane was cut in to slices before shipping to Korea, so I suspect that its structural integrity was destroyed in the process, and they had to add a steel frame to hold it together at its new home. The rust is coming from the joins where it was sliced and reassembled, or from other parts where rusty water might pool, such as the windows.
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That looks like the condition of some of the planes that United got stuck with when they took over the Pan Am transpacific routes
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No, its actually Air Force One just after maintenance.
After maintenance? Somebody better tell them they forgot to gaffer tape the engines back on!
Maybe it takes after the executive-in-chief; flies with the aid of four teleprompters.

I remember seeing this at Heathrow when I was a wee laddie, glimmering in white with the blue decals, the epitomy of international travel at the time. It is indeed a tragedy (from a romantic sense) that it sits rusting away in a bastardised state. It's 'soul', if aircraft have such a thing, has long since left the dessicated hulk in the photos.

I was seriously considering opening such a restaurant a few years back, but sobered up smartly when i researched just how quickly the novelty value disappears and the customers go elsewhere. Perhaps at an airport there might be a viable business opportunity to be had ?
SpringHeeledJack, I love what you wrote about an aircraft's "soul."

Unfortunately, one of Trans-Canada's original Connies almost lost its soul when it was turned into a cocktail lounge at Pearson International.
It is in the process of being added to the collection at the Museum of Flight in Seattle.

Quite the story.
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It just seems as if certain machinery, such as Steam locomotives, planes, various vehicles and ships, especially the more 'analogue' that they are, seem to have a character or energy about them that gives those close to them the feeling of it being somehow alive.

I saw this aircraft dwarf the other planes on the ground as it taxied past in Jan 1970 in the first week of service (?) and it's size was so impressive at the time. Travel by air had a glamour back then and perhaps they could never have imagined this cutting edge mode of travel ending up as it has in the photos of the original poster


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Old 22nd Apr 2009, 23:09
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And now for something completely different

Wonder how long the novelty on this will last???
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....until the next big quake?
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This one has been used as a cafe for a good many years.

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