Historic Boeing 707 Towed To Be Scrapped In Hamburg

A historic Boeing 707 that was being preserved at Hamburg Airport has been towed across the airfield. Tomorrow, work will begin to scrap the aircraft before pieces are sent to auction later this year. An unsuccessful effort to save the aircraft raised €8,000 ($9,750) to pay for the cost of storing and maintaining the plane.

Lufthansa, Boeing 707, Scrapped
An ex-Lufthansa Boeing 707 has undertaken the first part of its final journey. Photo:

There are very few Boeing 707s left intact on the planet. Sadly, the number is continuing to drop. Last month work began to scrap another Boeing 707 in the Lufthansa livery that was located at the old Berlin Tegel Airport. Now, a Lufthansa Boeing 707 is set to meet its fate.

One final journey

Today, after 60 years, the Boeing 707 formerly registered as D-ABOD embarked on its final journey. The trip began with a tug fetching the aircraft from where it had been parked at the edge of the airfield. The journey started off over grass before the aircraft reached the end of Runway 05-23.

The aircraft was then pulled onto the runway, before leaving it on taxiway A1. It was then pulled down Taxiway Z1 to stand 65. According to the group that had tried to save the aircraft, it will remain here until tonight. After this, it will be towed the short distance down the south ramp to stand 48. Here it is due to be dismantled, according to reports.

Once the aircraft has been turned to scrap, it will live on, but not in the way that many had hoped. Dechow will be enlisted to sell parts of the aircraft that are deemed particularly interesting. These could include things like the aircraft’s controls. The remainder will be recycled.

How did Hamburg end up with the 707?

So how did Hamburg end up with a 60-year-old Boeing 707 in the first place? After 15 years with Lufthansa, the aircraft had already taken its final flight. Despite this, it remained with Lufthansa. The plane was transferred to Lufthansa Technik who used it for training for another 15 years.

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At the age of 40, the aircraft was too outdated to train Lufthansa’s employees. Again, rather than being scrapped, it got another life. Hamburg Airport bought the jet off of Lufthansa Technik for just €1 ($1.22), with the intent of preserving the aircraft. Sadly, time has caught up with the old-timer, with Hamburg making the decision to scrap the aircraft as maintenance costs had become too high.

Lufthansa, Boeing 707, Scrapped
The Boeing 707 was the aircraft that brought Lufthansa into the jet age. Photo: Uli Elch via Wikimedia

While at Hamburg, the aircraft served as a film set, with an appearance in Bend It Like Beckham. At the time it was in a special Hamburg Airport livery as it was also being used as a museum piece at the facility. When it is dismantled, the aircraft will do so in the Lufthansa livery that it was delivered in, way back in 1960.

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