World’s Second Jumbo Jet Gathers Dust in South Korea

Posted on October 20, 2009

Where do you expect to find one of the oldest Boeing 747s? In a far off location in Korea, waiting for a rust-filled death after a failed restaurant venture? That is the case of the first commercially used Boeing 747 which can now be found in a dilapidated condition in Namyangju-Si, South Korea.

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This particular plane, bearing the registration number N747PA as well as the words “Juan T. Trippe”, takes pride of place in aviation history as the world’s second “Jumbo Jet”.

As mentioned earlier, this plane also made headlines when it joined Pan Am Airways as the first commercially flown Boeing 747.

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Clipper Juan T. Trippe, as it was sometimes called, had its fair share of travel adventures, which included flying around in distant locations like Zaire.

When the powers that be decided on discontinuing use of the 747 number two, it was subsequently taken apart and sent to South Korea in early 2000 to be utilized as a theme-restaurant.

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Once it arrived, it was reassembled and renovated but, unfortunately, the restaurant idea did not take off as planned. Soon enough, the eatery was falling apart in a quiet little urban setting in Namyangju.

Visitors to this abandoned Boeing-inspired restaurant note that the interior still retains some traces of this failed restaurant venture.

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Shinigami (A. K. Goemans) is a Netherlands-based writer who is into horror movies, computer games and manga. She lived in different parts of Asia and Africa before settling down in the Netherlands.
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4 comments
Salami
Salami

I've seen that! Haven't dined there yet though

snapperhead
snapperhead

it is sad.... and i agree with Callisto it should be moved some where or restored and put back in the air.... possibly for a country that can offored it... but it shouldnt rust away

Pamela Black
Pamela Black

It is a sad story.It would be better to let it become part of a reef then sit and rust away.The plane reminds me of an old actress trying tobe a saductress,but ending up looking like a very old worn woman

Callisto
Callisto

I once flew on the Juan T. Trippe on a Pan Am flight from Seattle to London. It was my first time in a 747.