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Iran to Buy Jumbo Souvenir from Air France
IranMania.com ^ | Sunday, January 29, 2006

Posted on 01/29/2006 6:13:05 AM PST by nuconvert

Iran to buy jumbo souvenir from Air France

Sunday, January 29, 2006

LONDON, January 29 (IranMania) - Iran is set to buy the Air France Boeing 747 jumbo that flew revolutionary leader Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini back to Tehran from exile in 1979, a government newspaper said Sunday, according to AFP.

Sanctions imposed by the United States prevent Iran from buying Western aircraft, but the Iran newspaper said the plane was no longer fit to be used for commercial purposes and that the clerical regime only wanted it as a souvenir.

"After contacts with France, Iran is set to buy the plane that carried the founder of the Islamic republic the February 1, 1979, as the symbol of this magnificent day," the newspaper said.

The report did not say if a deal had already been signed, or how much the Islamic republic would pay.

Although Iran's US-backed shah had already fled the country when Khomeini returned from exile in the small French town of Neauphle-le-Chateau, the 747's landing is seen as the true start of the Islamic revolution.

Archive film of the landing of the 747, specially chartered for Khomeini and greeted in Tehran by millions of people, is still regularly shown on Iranian state television.

Ayatollah Khomeini went on to become Iran's supreme leader, and died in 1989.


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Foreign Affairs; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: 747; airfrance; airplane; iran; khomeini; plane
I don't like the sound of this. I can imagine symbolic sinister use for this plane.
1 posted on 01/29/2006 6:13:06 AM PST by nuconvert
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To: nuconvert

It'd be a shame if it were accidentally destroyed by an errant missile, wouldn't it.


2 posted on 01/29/2006 6:15:37 AM PST by wolfpat (Dum vivimus, vivamus.)
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To: nuconvert

Not to worry, I'm sure the French already equipped it with chaff, bomb doors, remote guidance, and a white flag. (You never know)


3 posted on 01/29/2006 6:16:17 AM PST by King Moonracer (Feudalism never ended, all hail the landed gentry.)
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To: wolfpat

I think it needs to have catastrophic engine trouble over the Mediterranean.


4 posted on 01/29/2006 6:17:38 AM PST by nuconvert (No More Axis of Evil by Christmas ! TLR) [there's a lot of bad people in the pistachio business])
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To: nuconvert
747s are not cool enough. Let's send them about fifty B-52, 40 or so F-117s and 10 or so B-2s. Top that off with a gaggle of F-22s, F/A-18s, F-15s and F-16s to make a real Jumbo Souvenir!
5 posted on 01/29/2006 6:18:09 AM PST by Bender2 (Stop doodling around... Read the first three chapters of my Science Fiction novel.)
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To: nuconvert
Iran is set to buy the Air France Boeing 747 jumbo that flew
revolutionary leader Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini back to Tehran
from exile in 1979, a government newspaper said Sunday...


(apologies to the old Fedex slogan...)
When you absolutely, postitively have to get a theocratic maniac
home overnight...use the dependable conveyances designed and
built by The Great Satan.
7 posted on 01/29/2006 6:19:00 AM PST by VOA
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To: AdmSmith

pong


8 posted on 01/29/2006 6:27:18 AM PST by nuconvert (No More Axis of Evil by Christmas ! TLR) [there's a lot of bad people in the pistachio business])
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To: nuconvert

Be a shame if the plane was "porked-up" a bit before delivery.


9 posted on 01/29/2006 6:36:03 AM PST by ncountylee (Dead terrorists smell like victory)
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To: nuconvert

Souvenir my 4$$. They will probably outfit it first for hijacking practice, then, fill it with explosives or put a nuke on it and fly it to Israel.


10 posted on 01/29/2006 6:42:59 AM PST by Right Wing Assault ("..this administration is planning a 'Right Wing Assault' on values and ideals.." - John Kerry)
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To: nuconvert

"I can imagine symbolic sinister use for this plane."

It would hold a lot of WMD to fly into a target.


11 posted on 01/29/2006 6:45:39 AM PST by HereInTheHeartland (Never bring a knife to a gun fight, or a Democrat to do serious work...)
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To: VOA; Paleo Conservative; All
When you absolutely, postitively have to get a theocratic maniac home overnight...use the dependable conveyances designed and built by The Great Satan.
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[Maulana Maudoodi] died while I was in Pakistan. But he didn't die in Pakistan: the news of his death came from Boston. At the end of his long and cantankerous life the maulana had gone against all his high principles. He had gone to a Boston hospital to look for health: he had at the very end entrusted himself to the skill and science of the civilization he had tried to shield his followers from. He had sought, as someone said to me (not all Pakistanis are fundamentalists), to reap where he had not wanted his people to sow. Of the maulana it might be said that he had gone to his well-deserved place in heaven by way of Boston; and that he went at least part of the way by Boeing.

-- V.S. Naipaul, Among the Believers.


12 posted on 01/29/2006 6:52:47 AM PST by dighton
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To: wolfpat
It'd be a shame if it were accidentally destroyed by an errant missile, wouldn't it.

It wouldn't surprise me if most of the passengers on the flight turn out to be children.

13 posted on 01/29/2006 7:13:13 AM PST by genew (Fact: Political correctness is a deadly social disease.)
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To: Right Wing Assault

"They will probably outfit it first for hijacking practice, then, fill it with explosives or put a nuke on it and fly it to Israel."

Yep. Those people have no conscience, and will simply use the plane as a, Trojan Horse.




14 posted on 01/29/2006 7:18:35 AM PST by Mrs. Darla Ruth Schwerin
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To: Right Wing Assault

Heck...France will probably pack it full of nuclear equipment, for all we know.


15 posted on 01/29/2006 7:26:14 AM PST by Mrs. Darla Ruth Schwerin
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To: nuconvert
Not to worry, they'll probably crash it themselves. Seems like they've been doing that a lot these days.

I worked in engineering firms with Armenians who had lived in Iran and got out when the Shah left.

They told me most of the technical class was foreigners like Armenians, and many of them left when the islamofacists took over.

16 posted on 01/29/2006 7:27:44 AM PST by benjaminjjones
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To: nuconvert
Iran is set to buy the Air France Boeing 747 jumbo that flew revolutionary leader Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini back to Tehran from exile in 1979[SNIP] but the Iran newspaper said the plane was no longer fit to be used for commercial purposes

No one has been able to rid the airframe of the stench...

17 posted on 01/29/2006 7:30:07 AM PST by TXnMA (TROP: Satan's most successful earthly venture...)
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To: HereInTheHeartland

And we can once again thank the French in their lust to assist the devil.


18 posted on 01/29/2006 7:31:15 AM PST by demkicker (democrats and terrorists are familiar bedfellows)
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To: Right Wing Assault

As I remember from a flight into Iran in 1978 or 9 the country already had a few 747's courtesy of the Shah. I doubt they gave them away.


19 posted on 01/29/2006 7:32:19 AM PST by wita (truthspeaks@freerepublic.com)
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To: dighton

Lol.


20 posted on 01/29/2006 7:33:15 AM PST by nuconvert (No More Axis of Evil by Christmas ! TLR) [there's a lot of bad people in the pistachio business])
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To: nuconvert

A source of spare parts.


21 posted on 01/29/2006 8:31:55 AM PST by AdmSmith
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To: nuconvert

Let's send Jimmy Carter to Iran as part of the package, after all if it wasn't for Jimmah, the Assahollah would have died from colon-rectal cancer in Paris, instead of in Tehran with the rest of his fellow Islamofascist a**holes.

And in a perfect world, just as Jimmah descends from the 747 with his goofball grin on his face, a Fox News Special Report is broadcast, announcing that it has been revealed that Carter was a special SAVAK agent for the late Shah of Iran's intelligence apparatus during his U.S. Navy days.

Hey, don't worry Jimmah, we'll see if we can find 2 or 3 helicopters capable of making the rescue flight, just meet us at Desert One!


22 posted on 01/29/2006 9:06:48 AM PST by mkjessup (Thank YOU Jimmy F'in Carter, you chicklet-grinning SOB, for stabbing the Shah of Iran in the back.)
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To: nuconvert
Ayatollah Khomeini went on to become Iran's supreme leader, and died in 1989.

And a dignified funeral procession was held...loved that moment when his body got jostled into the crowd...


23 posted on 01/29/2006 9:14:57 AM PST by ErnBatavia (Meep Meep)
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To: AdmSmith

That sounds benign


24 posted on 01/29/2006 10:21:04 AM PST by nuconvert (No More Axis of Evil by Christmas ! TLR) [there's a lot of bad people in the pistachio business])
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To: nuconvert
Maybe they are having troubles with development of their long range delivery systems to carry their shiny new nuclears.

Problem solved, compliments of the French who may well be pulling back on their tech. assistance knowing they may now be a target.

All they need to do is load that plane and make it into US airspace before being intercepted, say at about 36,000 feet somewhere between the DC and NYC.

I think we need the lights shut out from Massachusetts to Virginia for a month or two before we are willing to believe what we are dealing with here.

25 posted on 01/29/2006 11:26:53 AM PST by mmercier (couldn't happen to nicer people)
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To: Right Wing Assault
The Iranians already operate a fleet of 747s. One of the Iranian 747s was in US airspace on 13 September 2005. It landed at JFK, New York. This is a picture of it on finals to JFK


26 posted on 01/29/2006 11:34:10 AM PST by Tommyjo
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To: Tommyjo

I believe that's the president's plane.


27 posted on 01/29/2006 11:50:12 AM PST by nuconvert (No More Axis of Evil by Christmas ! TLR) [there's a lot of bad people in the pistachio business])
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To: Tommyjo

Wow, thats an SP, very cool


28 posted on 01/29/2006 11:51:49 AM PST by cmsgop ( Bill Clinton's License Plate..... "Herpes 1")
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To: ErnBatavia

"They handled that boy like a pinata"
-Dennis Miller on the Ayatollah's funeral.


29 posted on 01/29/2006 11:55:23 AM PST by Hillarys Gate Cult (The man who said "there's no such thing as a stupid question" has never talked to Helen Thomas.)
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To: Tommyjo

Actually, the VIP planes are 707's.

They do operate a fleet of about 6-8 747's (I believe)


30 posted on 01/29/2006 12:24:37 PM PST by nuconvert (No More Axis of Evil by Christmas ! TLR) [there's a lot of bad people in the pistachio business])
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To: nuconvert

It would be a 747-100. The aircraft would no longer be in service with Air France. Either scrapped or sitting awaiting disposal. Engineless and stripped. It would be in a non-flyable state.


31 posted on 01/29/2006 2:40:20 PM PST by Tommyjo
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To: Tommyjo

I like the sound of that


32 posted on 01/29/2006 2:49:51 PM PST by nuconvert (No More Axis of Evil by Christmas ! TLR) [there's a lot of bad people in the pistachio business])
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To: nuconvert

If it was flyable it wouldn't get to Iran due to the sanctions.


33 posted on 01/29/2006 3:33:23 PM PST by Tommyjo
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To: Tommyjo

Well, what may not be flyable at the moment, can be made flyable especially if it's only for making a one-way flight.


34 posted on 01/29/2006 4:34:25 PM PST by nuconvert (No More Axis of Evil by Christmas ! TLR) [there's a lot of bad people in the pistachio business])
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To: nuconvert

If the aircraft is one of the ones derilict/stored in France then it is in bad shape. If the aircraft is going to end up in Iran it isn't going to fly there. It will be shipped in pieces and re-assembled. If its the one in the museum then my bet is that it won't be going anywhere.

Hope they end up getting the wrong airframe. Now that would be funny!


35 posted on 01/30/2006 11:02:25 AM PST by Tommyjo
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