What is the retirement age of a airplane after all? The brand new, yet to land at your nearest airport, Boeing 787 already has a plane in retirement! SeattlePi reports that Google Earth has spotted the first 787 running for president of a Florida retirement home . Ok, that was a Sienfeld episode I love. The plane in question was spotted in equally sunny Palmdale, CA. This is the aircraft ZA004 (serial # N7874, according to airliners.net), one of the first 787s used for flight testing and FAA certification. Now that the testing is over, the planes are no longer needed. For whatever reason, this plane is not deemed flightworthy and has hence been retired to its new home. I don’t know what happened to other test planes.
For aircraft enthusiasts, a must visit site is Boeing’s newairplane.com. Other than the 787, it also covers the new 747-8 series planes. A very well made site indeed. Airbus has it’s own Airbus Aircraft Families site.
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