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Boeing 747, First flight February 9, 1969. Introduction to service January 22, 1970, with Pan American World Airways.
According to manufacturers, 747s are capable of 20,000 cycles, so if that’s two flights per day at 8+ hours each, we are looking at 30 years. If a passenger 747–400 starts service in 1989, making 2018–2019 the logical 30 year – 20,000 cycle retirement date.
The 747 is an uneconomical gas guzzler, four massive engines.
The aircraft markings N508BB tell the history of the aircraft, its age, previous and current owner/s. You can also check from the markings if the aircraft has ever been involved in any accidents. Also if it has a current airworthiness certification. It has probably had more than one previous owner because it previously carried the identity number B-18208.
It’s a 21 year old 747 that flew for China Airlines a Taiwanese [dear old Taiwan] airline company until October 2017, when it was stored in Victorville USA where jumbo jets go to die https://www.businessinsider.com/victorville-california-airplane-boneyard-photo-2017-5. These uneconomical monster relics of the 20th century often end up in places such as the Southern California Logistics Airport — more commonly known as the “boneyard.” They can be bought really cheap and are sold mainly for parts and scrap alloy from the fuselage.
On May 23 the plane was flown from Victorville to Phoenix, and then on May 24 it was flown from Phoenix to St. Vincent.
British Airways have 35 747 waiting to be scrapped at the Southern California Logistics Airport located in Victorville, California, about 80 miles northeast of Los Angeles. This 747 has four gigantic Pratt & Whitney PW4056 engines being simply too uneconomical to fly and service. All the airlines are now using modern smaller, quieter two engine aircraft which cost two thirds less in fuel than the 747.
If we didn’t know the identity of the Vincentian owners, this aircraft could belong to anyone, drug dealers, terrorists, or just be stood waiting to move a Venezuelan despot and his generals to Dubai. According to the owners it will carry 50 US tons of cargo, so they will be able to take a lot of gold [and uranium] with them. But seeing as we know the owners we can perhaps count those scenarios out.
Who, from Saint Vincent would want to fly to Dubai, other than those who have acquired a house there, and I can assure you there is one or two Vincentians who have done that, and several from Venezuela also, bolt holes. Anyone who can afford to fly to Dubai would, I am sure prefer paying a little extra and fly from somewhere else in a modern new aircraft.
What can be shipped from Argyle to Dubai, we don’t have any produce or products suitable. Arabs are fussy about what they eat, and nothing grown in SVG and packed here would be acceptable to them. Also, remembering when they stayed in a Villa hotel, no women may touch their food, because they class them as unclean.
It could be used as a troop carrier to carry Vincentian ALBA trained fighters with their fat commander in chief to Venezuela to fight alongside the Caribbean Red Army, which includes Vincentians, Cubans, Iranians, and Russians? Because SVG is signed up to protect and fight alongside any ALBA member and protect them from aggression from enemies, such as the United States of America. We signed up for that year’s ago, so if we want to move our troops with this old 747, it’s just the ticket for a one off no return to base use.
Can you imagine an aircraft coming from SVG, SVG owned, landing in any country that worries about drugs. They will spend hours ripping it apart every time it lands, because of where it comes from. SVG is the second largest grower of marijuana in the Caribbean, after Jamaica. SVG is also one of the largest distribution points for the South American cocaine trade. Our political leaders association with the Venezuelan Maduro family who has convicted cocaine smugglers from the family locked up in the US, that will ensure that we have the right references by association.
Iran are currently searching for 747 parts to keep their aging obsolete fleet flying, unfortunately for them they are US sanctioned, so unless someone flies them in a whole aircraft they are out of luck.
The aircraft hasn’t even been bought with real money, it’s leased. So it was not bought by wealthy Vincentians, it was leased by two pilots and a boy whose father may be stinking rich, stinking being the operative word.
Is this as simple as being driven by dynastical greed and approved by DREGS, the Amerijet wipeout in action. Is an old scrapper of any use for the purpose of cargo even? This B-747-400 scrapper was recently pulled out of an aircraft boneyard, and was mystically flown to St. Vincent’s Argyle International Airport under the story of a startup airline by wealthy island investors for passengers and freight service between St. Vincent to Dubai in the Middle East. Has anyone ever read such BS? What a hoot!