- Dec 6, 2004
I stumbled over this website today and saw a photo of an ex-AN 767 (or what's left of it) sitting in the desert:
What a disciplined bunch AFFers are? They provided the information you asked and not a single wise crack about the plane flying to get to the Mojave desert from MEL via HNL. What more could you wish for?Lindsay Wilson said:Any idea of the rego of the plane and how it got there?? (and no wise cracks about it flew there!!)
Sorry Lindsay, there is no other information on the website aside from some generic info about AN. Here is the link: http://www.airchive.com/SITE PAGES/VIN-MOJAVE.htmlLindsay Wilson said:Any idea of the rego of the plane and how it got there?? (and no wise cracks about it flew there!!)
Ah....hmm...., good point. I guess "standing" means it will be moving again soon. "Sitting" means it is there for longer. Perhaps I should have said "lying down", because it ain't going anywhere. :mrgreen:JohnK said:BTW how does a plane sit as opposed to standing? :roll:
Hadn't heard that term before. So now I know that O7 flys "classics". :wink:www.airchive.com said:America West Boeing 737-200 (2005 Photo)
America West, along with Southwest, retired their 737-200s in January 2005. They were together the last mainline carriers in the U.S. to operate the classics.
I just Googled and every reference I found indicates you are correct - it is N807AN (VH-RMO), a 767-204.markis10 said:Most of them actually did fly to Mojave and then get parted out. looks like a 204 , possibly RMO that became N807AN, her is her history:
RMO - Stored at the MEL Ansett Terminal.
She say all covered up, but still in tact, for nearly 2 years before being parted out. Still strange to me that they went to the trouble to register it with an N-rego. I would have thought that would only happen if it was about to fly again and not until there was a buyer (or portential buyer) for it.markis10 said:An aircraft can only be registered with a VH if it will operate under Australian rules from a base in Australia. So as soon as an aircraft is sold and goes overseas, it needs to get a new rego based on the intended company of operation.
I believe RMO was a 2-seat coughpit, unlike many of the AN 676-200's.markis10 said:RMO got caught in the glut of relatively new aircraft that came onto the market following 9/11 and its aftermath, and 767-200s were not as cheap to operate compared to similar priced used aircraft, dont forget Ansett were operating 767s with a three seat coughpit.
Keep in mind that one of the factors that contributed to the downfall of AN was the maintenance process issues they had with the 767 fleet and the subsequent groundings until they sorted out the paperwork etc. Perhaps that also contributed to resale problems if the full maintenance history could not be proven.markis10 said:I have heard that aircraft off the line that go straight to Australia achieve much higher resale value because they used to be in better shape from maintenance then when they left the line, however I suspect that these days that may not be the case with a lot of overhauls being done out of country.