The CX bird coming to the MOF was #1 off the assembly line. N777UA was #7 but was the first one delivered
and flown by a carrier. #2,3,4, & 5 off the line also went to UA and are all still flying. #6 is operated by BA.
#8 & 9 are already scrapped.
Yes, the CX 777 is significant and will be a beautiful addition to the M-O-F in Seattle. Thanks Rock3tman for your great contribution re 777 testing. Another 777, line #7, N777UA is also significant, in that it is the first 777 delivered, fully 5 years before the CX bird, and was placed in service b...Jump to post
The Cathay Pacific bird wasn't delivered until 2000. I believe the first production delivery was Line #7 N777UA delivered in May of 1995, making it 23.1 years old, and currently still active. Line #'s 2-6 were delivered later; some were probably test aircraft. Sure would be nice if UA could preserve...Jump to post
Hi AV8R: All good points, I realize North Island would be an access challenge. Re Miramar, the last time I looked at Google Maps, I saw a huge area to both the east and south with nothing but open land, and to the north seems to be base housing and warehouses. I understand that there is a NIMBY infl...Jump to post
Re: SAN overcrowding, 25MM pax in 2018?? “Our little airport” isn’t little anymore. Time to stop putting band-aids on the terminals and get serious about a move. How about: KNKX, (Miramar) 2 runways, great freeway access. Two sides with very few neighbors. Send Marine aviation to Pendleton and Lemoo...Jump to post
Re OGG, the existing 7000' and 5000' runways seem to handle traffic OK; gate space with long turns seems to be an increasing problem. OGG handles 77A's daily with UA and AA, and UA occasionally runs a 77W in there from SFO. The field has handled 747-SP's and has no problem with AF C-17's. No 739's a...Jump to post
Too bad their 737-200's weren't scrapped back 10 years ago, but no, they are still flying as Aloha Air Cargo,
waking up HawaII residents with those JT8D's blasting at fun times like midnight and 5 am daily.
another interesting routing they did was SMF-BUR-OGG RT.
Pretty amazing today that there isn't any LA area-Hawaii service
N760 is currently registered to the Falcon. According to FAA records, the DC-3 was registered with the N number in 1950 and de-registered in 1982. It appears the DC-3 is still at the Flight Path Museum, altho they don't appear to have a website, which is kinda strange. From photos, the N number appe...Jump to post
A scrapper location, Charlotte Aircraft Corp located there. From Wikipedia: "Laurinburg-Maxton Airport (34°47′31″N 079°21′57″W): The company has a sizable operation at Laurinburg-Maxtion Airport where it flies in aircraft and reduces them to parts. Aircraft such as 747s, 737s, 727s, DC-10 and D...Jump to post
Seems like a LOT of UA aircraft maintenance is being performed at locations other than the SFO Maintenance Base. Why is this? I’m seeing work done at HOU, DLH, LCQ, MIA, MCO, IAH, SAT, RFD, ILN, AMA, FTW, VCV, CWF, and overseas locations HKG, XMN, PEK, PVG. Is this due to the huge fleet size, cheape...Jump to post
"SFO doesn't have the room to store a B747. There's No public access"
How about the old World/UA 747 hangar at OAK? A UA Museum?
Probably room in there for a 747, and 3-4 smaller ex-UA aircraft??
Plenty of retired UA folks to run it.
Delta can do it successfully (in ATL), why not UA?
"I did LAX-DEN on a UA 744 a few times in between '97 and '99. Always thought it was odd."
As a LAX gate agent, I worked a 742 LAX-DEN flight back in the 70's (HNL-LAX tag) and they did a full
cocktail/dinner service in 1 hour 48 minutes in F and Y. Pretty incredible.
Re VCV, no way. It's an public airport, with security like any other operating airport. Most the retired/stored aircraft are directly adjacent to the 15,000' Runway 17/35. Some aircraft could be returned to service, so airlines/manufacturers would not want someone wandering around. The airport is us...Jump to post
There's a cockpit and FC section of a Flying Tigers 747-100 at the Hiller Museum in San Carlos, CA
(just south of SFO).
Last time I sat in there I had plenty of time to look things over and pretend I was the pilot. Nice.
"We learn from our mistakes..."
...and we learn from our near-misses as well...
Firstly, "Terminal D" lets avoid the sensationalist language. The item appears to be damaged, not destroyed. I am guessing this was a last minute add to the cargo pit, so it went into the manual pit vs. containerized. It probably should have been crated, not just placed in the pit unsecure...Jump to post
N174UA now showing VCV-MEI (Meridan, MS) ??
New scrapper facility, along with TUP (Tupelo, MS)?
Google maps and street view doesn't indicate many aircraft sitting around...
Wonder why it went to VCV for a few hours?
Hope they save one for Fleet Week SF in October,
and any word on a Museum donation?
irelayer said: The limiting factor is the airport and it's many limitations, not the size of the demand, and that's the truth. The only option for a new airport is dual-use at Miramar, and that's never going to happen. ... If SAN government doesn't push for a Miramar facility they are really missing...Jump to post
UA 266 Jan 18, 1969, 4 minutes after takeoff from LAX. B727 was dispatched with one generator inop. Acft lost an engine on climb, then the 3rd generator shut down, shutting off all power to instruments. The crew could not find the backup power switch in the darkness and became disoriented over the o...Jump to post
Only 777's from IAH to Hawaii are to HNL, not KOA. If your origin point is MCI, you'd be making 2
plane changes, one in IAH and another in HNL to HA. Probably easier to go MCI-SFO-KOA.
Once you pass the west coast, not much to see out the window, unless you like looking at water...
while we're discussing UA and Hawaii, one of the interesting flights that UA operated to HNL occurred on August 19, 1974. The aircraft, a DC-8-62 had a stretcher set up over the C/D seats in FC, and the passenger travelling JFK-HNL was Charles Lindbergh. For those of you under 40, I have a link belo...Jump to post
to add to the airport list, don't forget:
and Kwajalein KWA
KWA is where the USAF sent the Minuteman III 5 days ago from Vandenberg AFB
You can't get off there to stretch your legs while flying the UA 738 Island Hopper,
as it's a military base
70 years ago today, UA began service between SFO-HNL, utilizing Douglas DC-6 aircraft. The flight took 8 1/2 hours. There was no commercial air service between the mainland and the islands during the war. Compare UA flight times with Pan Am in 1940. That service took 17 hours to make the trip, using...Jump to post
Hello SanFan: a couple things 1) has the TIJ/CBX operation affected SAN numbers at all? 2) Hopefully with UA rethinking domestic service, perhaps your airport will see one of the 19 reconfigured domestic 777's for ORD or east coast service. (HNL or OGG service would be nice also.) 3. Keep thinking N...Jump to post
Hi SanFan: Has there been any recent discussion on moving SAN to NKX (Miramar)? Everyone knows the facility/location shortcomings at SAN, and NKX resolves most of those shortcomings, including excellent freeway access, double runways, huge amounts of open space to the east and west. Send those Marin...Jump to post
wanna see some -200s? Head over to <acronym title="Honolulu - International / Pearl Harbor-Hickam JB (Hickam AFB) (HNL / HIK / PHNL / PHIK), USA - Hawaii">HNL</acronym>/ITO/KOA/LIH/<acronym title="Kahului (OGG / PHOG), USA - Hawaii">OGG</acronym> and watch Aloha Air Cargo run their cargo flights, al...Jump to post