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Topic: Yellow Tail And Blue Wingtip 737-800?
Username: H. Simpson
Posted 2008-04-24 16:35:22 and read 3523 times.

Just saw this beauty flying over my house near LGA at 37,000 feet. Any idea who that might be? It has a yellow tail, white fuselage and a large blue wingtip that resembles a 737-800.

Topic: RE: Yellow Tail And Blue Wingtip 737-800?
Username: NASCARAirforce
Posted 2008-04-25 07:13:17 and read 3200 times.



Quoting H. Simpson (Thread starter):
Just saw this beauty flying over my house near LGA at 37,000 feet. Any idea who that might be? It has a yellow tail, white fuselage and a large blue wingtip that resembles a 737-800.

How could you tell at 37,000 ft?

Topic: RE: Yellow Tail And Blue Wingtip 737-800?
Username: Philb
Posted 2008-04-25 07:49:41 and read 3155 times.



Quoting NASCARAirforce (Reply 2):
How could you tell at 37,000 ft?

Binoculars, telescope or even Mk 1 eyeball on a clear day

Topic: RE: Yellow Tail And Blue Wingtip 737-800?
Username: Yellowtail
Posted 2008-04-25 07:53:10 and read 3144 times.

hey you can't use my user name in a title without permission and the appropriate deposit into my offshore bank account  bigthumbsup 

I thought for a second I had won a 738!

Topic: RE: Yellow Tail And Blue Wingtip 737-800?
Username: Olympus69
Posted 2008-04-25 10:34:07 and read 3030 times.



Quoting NASCARAirforce (Reply 2):
How could you tell at 37,000 ft?



Quoting Philb (Reply 3):
Binoculars, telescope or even Mk 1 eyeball on a clear day

I doubt if anyone could identify a wingtip seven miles away well enough, with the naked eye, to say it resembled a 737-800. Also, if you knew it was at 37,000 feet you must have heard it on the radio - so how come you didn't get its call-sign?

Topic: RE: Yellow Tail And Blue Wingtip 737-800?
Username: Philb
Posted 2008-04-25 10:45:20 and read 3003 times.



Quoting Olympus69 (Reply 5):
Quoting Philb (Reply 3):
Binoculars, telescope or even Mk 1 eyeball on a clear day

I doubt if anyone could identify a wingtip seven miles away well enough, with the naked eye, to say it resembled a 737-800.[/quote
I was replying to the whole sentence:

][quote=NASCARAirforce,reply=2]It has a yellow tail, white fuselage and a large blue wingtip that resembles a 737-800.

but the winglets on a 737 are very tall and distinctive. I can eyeball a 737 with winglets and identify the generic type at altitude, but then I was trained by The UK Air Training Corps, have been watching flyovers for over 50 years and have won many recognition contests over the same period.

Topic: RE: Yellow Tail And Blue Wingtip 737-800?
Username: Pnwtraveler
Posted 2008-04-25 10:50:11 and read 2993 times.

Check out Sunwing Vacations - orangish but might appear yellow. Or maybe Caribbean Airways in the right light the lime green bird on the tail may look yellowish. Both could fly over your area on their way south to the sun destinations.

Topic: RE: Yellow Tail And Blue Wingtip 737-800?
Username: CHQIAH
Posted 2008-04-25 14:29:03 and read 2859 times.

Was this it?

http://www.airliners.net/photo/TUIfl...93&prev_id=1282905&next_id=1281240

Topic: RE: Yellow Tail And Blue Wingtip 737-800?
Username: H. Simpson
Posted 2008-04-25 18:00:28 and read 2742 times.

It looks very similar, but why in the world would this plane make it's trip in the states is beyond me.

To answer some of the questions, yes the 737WL version is quite easy to tell, especially with bright winglets. A320 winglets are much much smaller from a distance and it is very hard to tell unless there's very distinct color.

Topic: RE: Yellow Tail And Blue Wingtip 737-800?
Username: SXDFC
Posted 2008-04-25 18:23:53 and read 2716 times.



Quoting H. Simpson (Reply 8):
It looks very similar, but why in the world would this plane make it's trip in the states is beyond me.

It could be on a Delivery flight from Boeing? I am sure the BFI spotters, would know if any of those colored planes have been recently finished at BFI or not.

Topic: RE: Yellow Tail And Blue Wingtip 737-800?
Username: CHQIAH
Posted 2008-04-25 18:27:07 and read 2707 times.



Quoting H. Simpson (Reply 8):
It looks very similar, but why in the world would this plane make it's trip in the states is beyond me.

Well it's not impossible for that to happen. KLM does flight into IAH with the 737, not sure when/if it's in their own livery though.

Topic: RE: Yellow Tail And Blue Wingtip 737-800?
Username: CHQIAH
Posted 2008-04-25 18:31:29 and read 2701 times.



Quoting H. Simpson (Reply 8):
A320 winglets are much much smaller from a distance and it is very hard to tell unless there's very distinct color.

And yes you are right, this is a world of a difference between the 73 and the -320 winglets visually.

Topic: RE: Yellow Tail And Blue Wingtip 737-800?
Username: Olympus69
Posted 2008-04-26 17:48:04 and read 2530 times.



Quoting Philb (Reply 5):
I was trained by The UK Air Training Corps, have been watching flyovers for over 50 years and have won many recognition contests over the same period.

You must be nearly as old as me then  Smile I was actually paid to spot aeroplanes during WW2. I was in the UK's Royal Observer Corps in the latter part of 1944.

Topic: RE: Yellow Tail And Blue Wingtip 737-800?
Username: Philb
Posted 2008-04-27 11:50:30 and read 2334 times.



Quoting Olympus69 (Reply 12):
You must be nearly as old as me then

Not quite - 61 this year and we didn't get paid! We were just told to get on with it as we may need the knowledge to back up the Royal Observer Corps in the event of war.


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