Unfortunately, there is not an abundance of photos of N379UA
in its original
delivery color scheme; this is the only one I could find.
dated 1996, which makes it about six years old. Oxidation of
paint is evident in the cheatline, and it was probably repainted in the
later gray/blue colors a short time later. Shot at PHX.
Photo by Alastair T. Gardiner via Airliners.net
379UA taxis out for a runway 27 departure at San Diego in 2006.
Photo by Jason Whitebread via Airliners.net
Here the aircraft is shown on very short final at Baltimore in
This was about two years before United retired it.
Apparently it was parked at Victorville, California for a
before being broken up in Memphis.
Fokker Aircraft photo via Airliners.net
Every one of the circuit breakers is present and in original condition. Electrically airworthy too, though undocumented.
At the salvage yard. Lots of control cables! A huge benefit for me is that all of the linkages connecting the left and right side controls (including the rudder pedals and toe brake action) are intact and working perfectly. Everything is smooth as silk from one stop to the other.
Business class seats from a Japan Air B767. As the
story tells it,
the manufactuer had fudged some of the paperwork during certification,
so it ended up that the proof of meeting the Japanese certification
standards was invalid. The inevitable result was that
thousands of them had to
be removed from the JAL fleet at who-knows-what cost.
Maybe not legal, but they sure are comfy! Fold-out leg rests and all... This pair is for sale, in case any visitor to these pages is interested.
Never let it be forgotten that people involved in this hobby are dealing with salvaged material.
The door is the type mandated after 9/11 -- fully armored.
It's appearance suggests that it's strong enough to stand at
the entrance to a bank vault, an impression reinforced by trying to
it. The thing weighs over 70 pounds, although Skip and I both
estimated it at around a hundred at first.
It's for sale, being of an era newer than what appeals to me. I'm looking to replace it with the earlier lighweight version. Besides, if I used it and it locked accidentally, how would I ever get back into the simulator? :-)
Not too long after our arrival in Fort McCoy I took a notion to assemble what I could of the main instrument panel. The kitchen counter was the most convenient place for the exercise. My wife, indulgent as she is, didn't complain. And me, considerate as I am, took it apart and put all the pieces up the next day! :-)
Here's what I have of the overhead -- all the sub-panels are gone. I'm hoping that the ones I'll need to get will be from a similar model of 737 so the Cannon connectors will mate, meaning that I may can use some of the wiring that's already there.
In a deal separate from the airplane itself, I was able to acquire a lot of the pieces missing from the panels and control stand.