I hadn’t really given much thought to this previously, but I just realized that most of the model aircraft I have don’t actually exist in real life anymore.
Here’s a picture of all of my “retired fleet” of mode planes. On the left, we have the Virgin Atlantic A340-600, which was retired earlier this year.
Next, we have the Continental Airlines 757-200, which hasn’t flown since 2010, as United bought them out.
Third, we have the Northwest Airlines A330-300, which hasn’t flown since 2009 when Delta bought them. (Has it really been eleven years since NW went?!!?!)
Then, we have the Aerolíneas Argentinas A340-300, which, like Virgin’s A340, was also retired earlier this year.
And finally, we have the KLM MD-11, which was retired in 2014.
I was lucky enough to fly the Continental, Northwest, and KLM planes displayed here, but didn’t get a chance to experience the others.
I just thought it was interesting how fast things change. To me it seems like NW and Continental just got bought out recently, but when I actually think about it, it’s now been more than a decade.