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Scroggins Aviation Dismantling Boeing 767s 

featured in Airways Magazine


Between the latter part of June and September, the first two of four former American Airlines Boeing 767-223s were parted out at Roswell , New Mexico (Airways, March 2005). Seven 767s were sold in June by American to CSBS Aviation for spares, although three of the airplanes may escape the sentence and are being offered for sale by the new owners. The airplanes were the initial 767s delivered to American and include the airline’s first, N301AA (the eighth 767 built), first flown on October 6, 1982, and delivered on November 4. Fleet No 301 operated its final revenue flight on January 30, 2003, from New York-JFK to Los Angeles as AA601. The following day it was ferried as AAL9652 to Fort Worth Alliance Airport , Texas , and parked with 65,795 hours and 18,793 cycles in its logbook. A few weeks later N301AA was flown to Roswell for storage, the first of many American 767s (302, 303, and 304 are also being scrapped). California Sales is handling the sale of parts, and Scroggins Aviation of Las Vegas, Nevada, and Mojave, California , has the job of stripping the airframes. Boeing 767 spares are in demand at present and the process of stripping the airplanes for their components is meticulous. Parts are carefully removed to prevent damage, then labeled and stored. After all usable parts and valuable sections have been saved the metal shell is crushed and recycled. Other wide-body tear downs will be handled by Scroggins Aviation, which is also active in crash recovery work.

The cockpit sections of the 767s are being saved by Scroggins Aviation for resale to collectors or museums, or for use on movie sets. President Doug Scroggins is a film producer and director by trade—he recently completed a one-hour TV documentary titled Scrapping Aircraft Giants (Reviews, May 2005)—and supplies the industry with cabin components such as seats, galleys, wall and roof paneling—even lavatories—to render an airliner set more realistic. Among many airframe items in his collection, Doug has an ex-Bonanza Fairchild F-27A and a former Northeast/TWA Convair 880 (Airways, July 2001). This classic airplane was last in action in the 1990 film The Rookie, starring Clint Eastwood.

Copy of Airways Magazine issue November 2005 (order here)


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