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Old 08-24-2009, 12:44 AM
 
Location: Tennessee/Michigan
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ANKENY, Iowa--

A plane that was built 80 years ago Friday will be celebrating its birthday by flying over Des Moines and the public will be allowed on board for a ride.

The Ford Tri-Motor plane flew the first flight for Eastern Airlines and is still flying passengers as it travels across the country, including a visit to Ankeny.

80-Year-Old Plane Still Flying High - Local News Story - KCCI Des Moines (http://www.kcci.com/cnn-news/20485327/detail.html - broken link)
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Old 09-24-2009, 01:27 PM
 
Location: Texas
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Its a machine. You can keep it running forever as long as you're willing to maintain it and keep rebuilding parts that fail.
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Old 09-24-2009, 02:45 PM
 
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Yeah, but how many of you really want to fly around on an eighty-year-old plane? Unless you have seriously good diagnostic equipment, metal fatigue can be hard to detect--until it's too late.
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Old 09-24-2009, 02:51 PM
 
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^Thats why they have Parachutes for.
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Old 09-24-2009, 02:58 PM
 
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^Thats why they have Parachutes for.
Assuming of course that the plane makes it more than 500 feet off the ground.
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Old 09-25-2009, 01:49 AM
 
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I rememeber the first triI use to love when the confderate airforce had a air exhabit in a nearby city. Great planes-motor I ever saw . I looked inside and saw the passenger seats and realized now really cramped it was in those days.here are lots of evry well maintained 80 year old plane that fly constantly. They just take maintence and inspection.Compared to modern planes they are very easy to inspect also.m I remmeber when the confederate air force use to out on a air show in a city nearby ;i never missed a show.
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Old 09-25-2009, 03:17 AM
 
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ANKENY, Iowa--

A plane that was built 80 years ago Friday will be celebrating its birthday by flying over Des Moines and the public will be allowed on board for a ride.

The Ford Tri-Motor plane flew the first flight for Eastern Airlines and is still flying passengers as it travels across the country, including a visit to Ankeny.

80-Year-Old Plane Still Flying High - Local News Story - KCCI Des Moines (http://www.kcci.com/cnn-news/20485327/detail.html - broken link)
That's news? For crying out loud there are hundreds of Stearman Kaydets still flying too -- just saw one a few days ago.

http://www.militaryaircraft.de/pictu...7_2418_800.jpg
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Old 09-25-2009, 09:33 AM
 
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That's news? For crying out loud there are hundreds of Stearman Kaydets still flying too -- just saw one a few days ago.

http://www.militaryaircraft.de/pictu...7_2418_800.jpg
And here is another one that is still flying
World's oldest plane returns to the Middle East after 96 years
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Old 09-25-2009, 10:31 AM
 
Location: Londonderry, NH
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I hope to get to Old Rhinebeck Aerodrome in New York State soon and hope to see an aerobatic show done by a WWI fighter planes. Both English and German, including a Fokker Triplane, will be demonstrated. They also have a Blerio (sp)monoplane. It may be a Type IX.

AFAK there are many Douglass DC-3's earning their keep in commercial service all over the world.


That abu Dahbi airshow sounds way cool.

Last edited by GregW; 09-25-2009 at 10:34 AM.. Reason: added line of text
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Old 09-25-2009, 10:49 AM
 
Location: the Beaver State
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Yeah, but how many of you really want to fly around on an eighty-year-old plane? Unless you have seriously good diagnostic equipment, metal fatigue can be hard to detect--until it's too late.
In a heart beat. Being that close to history physically and emotionally would be awesome. I love going to air museums and looking. I recently got to look inside and touch a B-17 Bomber which was unbelievable.
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