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  • VQ-BMS, one of the last 747SP's was severely damaged and is likely to be written off.

    One of the Sands Corp. 747SP's was severely damaged by Hurricane Laura and collided with another aircraft while performing maintenance in Lousiana. She is likely to be written off.

    Source: AeroNewsX
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  • #2
    Originally posted by mskinner04 View Post
    She is likely to be written off.
    And water is likely to be wet.

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    • #3
      Originally posted by Gabriel View Post

      And water is likely to be wet.
      Is that the kind of forum entries by which you reached the number 7612?!

      And even if that were so, I think Alex protects us. Men who are older than 42 should stand together as friends...

      Back on topic.

      reg VQ-BMS, a 747 SP, which as an a/c type was introduced into the market back then in 1975, afaik. A decade which I am really interested in, or what would you mean, Gabriel.

      Do we know more about that 747? Previous owners?

      Here at least is one airport which the VQ-BMS in her history shares with the type LH-B744:

      https://www.jetphotos.com/photo/7745307

      PS: And the VQ-BMS is really dead? Lufthansa has never owned the rather short 747SP. But where do I know from the short 747.. To be continued..
      The German long haul is alive, since more than 60 years.
      The Gold Member in the 747 club, 50 years since the first LH 747.
      And constantly advanced, 744 and 748 /w upper and lower EICAS.
      Aviation enthusiast, since more than 35 years with home airport EDDL.

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      • #4
        Where do I know the 747 SP know from. ...
        https://www.jetphotos.com/photo/1705

        This one was not a 747 SP, but the airport is legendary, one of the best airports on Planet Earth, which does no longer exist...
        https://www.jetphotos.com/photo/35991

        Ah, finally. I beg for pardon, it was neither a 747 SP nor Air China. It was a China Airlines 747-400, and this is the photo which I was lookin for.
        November 1993. Now that seems to be the difference between the Jetphotos Juniors and the Jetphotos Seniors. The Junior members don't know that much about the year 1993, or do they.

        https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/China_Airlines_Flight_605

        Treffer, versenkt.
        The German long haul is alive, since more than 60 years.
        The Gold Member in the 747 club, 50 years since the first LH 747.
        And constantly advanced, 744 and 748 /w upper and lower EICAS.
        Aviation enthusiast, since more than 35 years with home airport EDDL.

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        • #5
          Where do I know the 747 SP from. Finally. This aircraft takes off with the name 'Sofia'. A woman, of course. And Hamburg again. If not all cinemas and all important shops in Hamburg had been closed since December 16th 2020, I definitely would have visited Hamburg again. But what is Hamburg without her cinemas, theaters, restaurants. Sorry. But imho almost nothing!

          Nevertheless, Hamburg again, during the new year, Winter 2020/2021.
          That jetphoto could make it as my new desktop background. Uploaded only yesterday! Here the 747 SP is, in Hamburg:

          https://www.jetphotos.com/photo/10046418

          PS: I just have used wikipedia, to see what is behind that beautiful 747 SP, called Lady Sofia:
          Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared Astronomy,
          or short, Sofia.

          The history of Sofia is also interesting. Born April 1977, and her makeup hasn't change much since then. First of all, she took off for Pan Am,
          and since 1986 for United Airlines.

          Since 1997, Sofia flies for the Star Alliance, who in this case only consists of the NASA and the German DLR .

          One of the true stories which a 747 is able to tell.
          The German long haul is alive, since more than 60 years.
          The Gold Member in the 747 club, 50 years since the first LH 747.
          And constantly advanced, 744 and 748 /w upper and lower EICAS.
          Aviation enthusiast, since more than 35 years with home airport EDDL.

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          • #6
            Am I again good for another night shift? Well my bathroom mirror knows the answer tomorrow. This is Sofias en wiki:

            https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Strato...ared_Astronomy

            Battleship Grey she wore until ... 1996? Simply great. And her spec sheet is also impressive.

            As I understand it, Sofia has pretty much the same engines as a LH-B744, but she is 15 meters shorter than my nickname. That is the completely opposite problem which you might have in a Junkers Ju-52.

            In a 747 SP you might have so much power so that you should not fly double loopings and screws during climb flight, at least not necessarily at FL400 .

            A LH-B744 is also good for FL400 , I have seen that in a simulator with my own eyes. But Sofia goes higher than a LH-B744.

            Very impressive.
            The German long haul is alive, since more than 60 years.
            The Gold Member in the 747 club, 50 years since the first LH 747.
            And constantly advanced, 744 and 748 /w upper and lower EICAS.
            Aviation enthusiast, since more than 35 years with home airport EDDL.

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            • #7
              https://youtu.be/_QR9QP0Rjsc
              If it 'ain't broken........ Don't try to mend it !

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              • #8
                Sure is a shame. Always liked the SP, oddball that it is.

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                • #9
                  Isn't VQ-B-- prefix for Bermuda? So why is Sands aircraft registered there?
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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by Winglet_Flanker View Post
                    Isn't VQ-B-- prefix for Bermuda? So why is Sands aircraft registered there?
                    Will almost certainly be for tax reasons.
                    If it 'ain't broken........ Don't try to mend it !

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