Here we are flying in China Xinhua Airlines Boeing 737-332 (SF) B-2942. This was an internal flight that I took from Beijing so that I could attend meetings at the Ericsson R&D office in Nanjing. Through the internet I have found the following details about this aircraft.
Construction Number: 25997.
Line Number: 2506.
First Flight with Xinhua Airlines: 13-07-1993.
Airframe Status: Active +20 Years.
Previous Operator: Ex-Delta Air Lines.
This aircraft started life as N304DE Boeing 737-322 for Delta airlines fitted with 2x CFMI CFM56-3B1 and was delivered to Delta airlines on the 02-08-1993.
Delivered to China Xinhua airlines as B-2942 on 16-11-1993 and remained in Xinhua service until wfu (withdrawn from use) in march 2010.
Delivered to Yangtze River Express cvtd (converted) to Cargo 27-07-2010. Remains B-2942 with 2x CFMI CFM56-3B1 engines.
Heading from China to Korea (Beijing - Seoul) during 2006 on aircraft B747-3D7 registration: HS-TGE. Searching on the internet I found the following information.
HS-TGE Boeing 747-3D7 c/n 23722 was the third aircraft to have this registration at Thai Airlines, the first being a Convair Cv.990 [c/n 30-10-17] and the second being Douglas DC-10
-30 [c/n 46961] ex N8708Q, in May 1977.
At manufacture TGE's registration was N60668 and she first flew on the 16th of November 1987. Registered on the 3rd December 1987 to Thai Airways International Co. Ltd [Don Mueang]; named "Chutamat"; and thereafter moved base to Suvarnabhumi during September 2006.
wfu (Withdrawn from Use) and std (Stored) by May of 2007 and then routed via Bangkok to Honolulu and on to Roswell, New Mexico on the 9th of October 2007;
Date of canx (cancellation from Thai register) was 11th October 2007; to N722RR
Construction number (c/n):23722
Number of seats:490
Number of engines: 4 x GE CF6-80C2B1
Engine type: High-bypass turbofans
First flight date: 16/11/1987
Test registration number: N60668
Thereafter registered as: HS-TGE
Final owners details
Owner:AAR PARTS TRADING INC
Final registration number:N722RR
Mode S code:A9AC81
Last action taken:2007-11-02
Current status: wfu, de-registered and stored at Roswell, [New Mexico desert]. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-2336804/The-great-aviation-graveyard-New-aerial-images-hundreds-planes-left-die-American-deserts.html
Registration cancel date:2007-12-12
It is not only Telephone Exchanges that impress me. This it the first aircraft that I ever flew- and the aircraft that I performed my first solo flight in back in 1993.
ZF is also the first aircraft that I had a flying accident in! On my very first lesson my instructor and I experienced EFATO (engine failure at take off) at 600ft AGL (900ft AMSL).
Luckily I had the best flight instructor that any aspiring pilot could wish for (a gentleman called Mr.David Humphries) who put us safely back on the ground. Thank you David. Then we promptly strapped ourselves into an identical aircraft (G-BNCO) and departed to the west and completed our air-work without any further event.
Oddly I have no fear of flying (even by myself or during a drama) but I
am anxious with other forms of height such as radio base station masts, antennas, tall ladders or structures such as rooftops and towers.
The above picture is copyright Robert Beaver and I downloaded it from Airliners.net.
Piper Tomahawk PA-38-112.
Air Frame Serial # 38-79A1015.