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f you want to gauge the age of horses, trainers

degree. The effects of age on the basic body - the

say, you look at their teeth. For humans, crow's

airframe - and its central nervous system: wiring.
Airframes show their age through corrosion

feet around our eyes and graying hair betray

our advanced age. With only a modicum of cosmetic

discovered during annual inspections, and aircraft also

treatments, we can roll back the calendar for a few

show their age by the condition of one of the least-

years - at least externally.

visible components: wiring.
Now it's not new news that the general aviation fleet

Similarly, cosmetic treatments make old planes look,
feel and smell new. Interior refurbishments restore that

isn't getting younger. In a decade, estimates of the

new-plane aroma. An engine overhaul equates to a

average age of the fleet moved from about 35 years

heart transplant, restoring lost muscle.

of age to nearly 40. And that happened despite the
delivery of several thousand new-production aircraft

Avionics upgrades give old birds new ways to

during those 10 years.

see and navigate the airspace, adding utility and

Thousands of examples continue to fly well into their

capabilities unimagined when the aircraft emerged
from the factory. But we always hear, "It's what's inside

50s, 60s, even 70s - and hundreds from the 1920s

that counts," right?

and 1930s still grace the airways. Nearly one-fifth of

Turns out the old homely applies to airplanes to a

the fleet would qualify for Social Security if human.

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