N771PA. Boeing 747-121. c/n 19661-70.


 

Ordered new by Pan American World Airways

Rolled off the Boeing production line at Seattle (Everett) - 1970

Powered by Pratt & Whitney JT9D-7A engines

Entered onto the United States Aircraft Register as N771PA - June 1970

Registered to Pan American World Airways

First flown as N771PA - July 24, 1970

Accepted by Pan Am at Seattle - August 04, 1970

Aircraft was named 'Clipper Donald McKay'

Converted to series 121F (Freighter) with side cargo door - March 1975

Observed at Sydney in full Pan Am livery with additional 'Qantas' titles - 1976

Qantas entered into a cagro capacity agreement with Pan Am using joint flight numbers ex Sydney

Qantas purchased cargo space on main and lower deck for weekly freight service

Route: Sydney - Nadi - Honolulu - Los Angeles - Chicago - New York return

Substantially damaged on landing at London (Heathrow) Airport - December 29, 1979

Fuel pipe to Number 4 engine ruptured on landing due to fatigue failure of pylon forward bulkhead

High volume of fuel released which caught fire under Number 4 engine unbeknown to the crew

As crew turned off the runway they were made aware of the fire and initiated engine fire drill

Airport fire services brought engine / wing fire under control when aircraft stopped on taxiway

Aircraft had flown 34,615 hours with 9,505 cycles at time of accident

Repaired on site and returned to service - 1980

Sold to Flying Tiger Airlines - February 1983

Reregistered as N819FT - February 24, 1983

Ownership transferred to Federal Express (Fedex) when Flying Tigers was sold - December 1988

Sold to Polaris Aircraft Leasing and leased back to Fedex - June 24, 1989

Registered to Polaris Aircraft Leasing as N628FE - January 29, 1990

Leased to Federal Express (Fedex) as registered operator

Returned to Polaris Aircraft Leasing on termination of lease - May 31, 1991

Sold to United Parcel Services Company - May 31, 1991

Reregistered as N681UP - June 14, 1991

Aircraft sustained slight damage at Louisville - March 19, 1992

Right wingtip struck a blast fence whilst taxiing under direction of ground marshallers

Repaired and returned to service

Observed stored at Roswell, New Mexico - November 15, 2007

Aircraft observed stored at Roswell - September 11, 2010

Current status - ?

 


 

N771PA. Pan Am Cargo Qantas - in the old livery at Sydney Airport, 1976.

N771PA. Pan Am Cargo Qantas - in the old livery at Sydney Airport, 1976.

N771PA. Pan Am Cargo Qantas - in the old livery at Sydney Airport, 1976.

N771PA. Pan Am Cargo Qantas - in the old livery at Sydney Airport, 1976.
N771PA. Pan Am Cargo Qantas - in the old livery at Sydney Airport, 1976.
N771PA. Pan Am Cargo - in the old livery at Sydney Airport, January 1980.
N771PA. Pan Am Cargo - in the old livery at Sydney Airport, January 1980.