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Topic: AI 787 @ Kftw Sat 3 Nov 2012
Username: thunder9
Posted 2012-11-04 04:24:15 and read 5399 times.

On Sat 3 Nov at about 1530 CDT, I was on my way to KNFW for some military duty and while cruising along North Loop I-820 (at about 103 ft/sec), I noticed at Meacham Field KFTW an Air India 787. It was in front of the hangar that works on the private 763 of that uber-rich Russian guy (the plane that has various brown stripes and the "Raccoon" look with the black around the cockpit windows).

On my way home from the base, I passed KFTW and again noticed the AI 787. Even though it was about 0420 CST, I could make out the shape of the vertical stab and I could see the dihedral of the wing. Even the wingtips were noticeable from maybe 1/2 mile away. The maintenance hangar doors were wide open and all the lights were on, so the silhouette of the aircraft this morning was unmistakeable. Plus, there was very little traffic so I could look over at the airfield without fear of hitting another car!  

-J

Topic: RE: AI 787 @ Kftw Sat 3 Nov 2012
Username: PHLapproach
Posted 2012-11-04 05:39:40 and read 5252 times.

The CHS produced 787s get painted by Leading Edge at KFTW.

Topic: RE: AI 787 @ Kftw Sat 3 Nov 2012
Username: sweair
Posted 2012-11-04 05:50:10 and read 5227 times.

yeah Charleston frames and some from Everett even, there seems to be a shortage of paint hangars in Washington? Must be a decent business to paint aircraft?

Topic: RE: AI 787 @ Kftw Sat 3 Nov 2012
Username: tdscanuck
Posted 2012-11-04 06:31:36 and read 5150 times.

Quoting sweair (Reply 2):
yeah Charleston frames and some from Everett even, there seems to be a shortage of paint hangars in Washington?

Paint hangers are hugely capital intensive. Everett hasn't built a new one since the 777, as far as I know. They use additional paint hangers (for widebodies) at Portland and Fort Worth.

Quoting sweair (Reply 2):
Must be a decent business to paint aircraft?

Yep, if you can meet OEM spec. But not that many paint hangers can do that at rate.

Tom.

Topic: RE: AI 787 @ Kftw Sat 3 Nov 2012
Username: JOYA380B747
Posted 2012-11-04 08:12:11 and read 4816 times.

Quoting thunder9 (Thread starter):

Any idea what was d 788's registration no?

Topic: RE: AI 787 @ Kftw Sat 3 Nov 2012
Username: KarelXWB
Posted 2012-11-04 08:38:40 and read 4604 times.

Quoting JOYA380B747 (Reply 4):
Any idea what was d 788's registration no?

VT-ANK / ZA239 / LN60

Topic: RE: AI 787 @ Kftw Sat 3 Nov 2012
Username: sweair
Posted 2012-11-04 08:55:34 and read 4475 times.

ZA240 is on its way there too, 2 AI frames maybe a rare sight in Texas?

Topic: RE: AI 787 @ Kftw Sat 3 Nov 2012
Username: N243NW
Posted 2012-11-04 12:06:59 and read 3515 times.

Just departed as BOE239, heading to CHS...

Topic: RE: AI 787 @ Kftw Sat 3 Nov 2012
Username: AA94
Posted 2012-11-04 15:04:44 and read 2805 times.

Quoting thunder9 (Thread starter):
It was in front of the hangar that works on the private 763 of that uber-rich Russian guy (the plane that has various brown stripes and the "Raccoon" look with the black around the cockpit windows).

Perhaps a little off-topic, but I believe you are referring to Mr. Roman Abramovich's aircraft, P4-MES, aka "The Bandit."


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Topic: RE: AI 787 @ Kftw Sat 3 Nov 2012
Username: blueflyer
Posted 2012-11-04 19:16:35 and read 1997 times.

Quoting thunder9 (Thread starter):
It was in front of the hangar that works on the private 763 of that uber-rich Russian guy (the plane that has various brown stripes and the "Raccoon" look with the black around the cockpit windows).

The hangar was sold to Leading Edge and turned into a paint hall. The first aircraft painted there was a UA 747 back from lease to Atlas. I don't have the registration handy, but it is the one now flying around with the United Airlines Charter livery/

Quoting sweair (Reply 6):
2 AI frames maybe a rare sight in Texas?

Leading Edge doesn't have enough ramp or hangar space to work on two 787s. They could conceivably park one elsewhere on airport property but there isn't a lot of spare parking space large enough to accommodate an aircraft that size.


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