Around the ramp at the home field, MZJ

knot4u

Repeat Offender
I know nothing about that lawsuit... I do know that one of the H&P-delivered C130s (allegedly with uncounted dark hours due to black ops) ended up doing this...

The A-model C-130s with the three blade Aeroproducts propellers suffered from harmonic vibration issues that effected the main wing spar, I think the early L-188s and P-3s had the same issue. Hamilton-Standard solved the problem with a four blade setup that incorporated a synchrophaser into the prop control, if you look at a photo of a C-130 with four blade props in flight you might notice the fact that the blades of the four props are never synced up.
 

Skåning

Well-Known Member
The A-model C-130s with the three blade Aeroproducts propellers suffered from harmonic vibration issues that effected the main wing spar, I think the early L-188s and P-3s had the same issue. Hamilton-Standard solved the problem with a four blade setup that incorporated a synchrophaser into the prop control, if you look at a photo of a C-130 with four blade props in flight you might notice the fact that the blades of the four props are never synced up.
That original -A was fugly with no nose! First flight was only 9 years after WW2 :oops:

 
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MikeD

Administrator
Staff member
Update post:

747-128, N129TW. Began life with Air France in 1976 as N40116 and F-BPVQ. Acquired by TWA in 1996 as N129TW and retired to here one year later in 1997.

Some geek-ery here: Original 747-100 series that went to TWA were known as 747-131 series. N129TW was only one of two TWA 747s to be painted in the new livery, as opposed to the standard TWA paintjob of white with two red stripes. However, 129TW only has the new livery in a partial way......no golden globe and no red/gold stripes. One cool thing this jet does have, is a full TWA interior inside of it still. Beautiful aircraft all around, and very rare to see any TWA aircraft around, much less a 747 in this livery.

This jet was reportedly being held for possible resurrection for one final flight to a museum, but after 23 years of storage here, it appears the owner has sold it for scrapping, and scrapping has slowly commenced on the left aft fuselage skin on this iconic aircraft, the only TWA-marked aircraft here at MZJ.

Aircraft pic: MikeD, cockpit pic: PTG
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MikeD

Administrator
Staff member
Yeah, the guys with Plane Tags cut off a bunch of the skin on the port quarter. You can now buy a piece of N129TW if you want.
the scrapping is sadly continuing too. This poor jet, and it’s Classic cousins here from ANA, Evergreen, and Northwest Cargo, are not going to be lasting long...
 

n156499000

Titanius Anglesmith
TWA sure had a lot of MD-80's! How old is that airport???

@phill1174
That's post AA merger, so 2001ish. It looks like there's a PW powered 757 in full AA colors (not the hybrid with silver fuselage and TWA titles) so possibly even 2002, though it would have to be very early 2002 as by the time I moved out of STL in 2003 I don't think there were more than a handful of 717s and 767s left in the TWA livery.
 

Maximilian_Jenius

Super User
That's post AA merger, so 2001ish. It looks like there's a PW powered 757 in full AA colors (not the hybrid with silver fuselage and TWA titles) so possibly even 2002, though it would have to be very early 2002 as by the time I moved out of STL in 2003 I don't think there were more than a handful of 717s and 767s left in the TWA livery.
The PW powered 757's went to Delta, right?
 

FlyingAccountant

Well-Known Member
The PW powered 757's went to Delta, right?
Most of them did, yeah. AA didn't like them because they inherited crappy leases on them from TWA and they were significantly different from the native AA 757s. Not the least of which was having four exit doors per side to AA's three door config. Not sure if this was true, but supposedly the overhead cockpit switches flipped a different way from AA's 757s as well which made commonality difficult. I'm pretty sure they were gone by 2008ish and they were flown by former TW pilots until the end.

From a passenger perspective, the TW 757s were much nicer than AA's were. The TW's had a nice little mini cabin in economy behind the third exit door. They also had the fold down LCD screens for IFE while AA's didn't have anything.
 
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