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Topic: Southwest Shamu One To Be Retired
Username: barney captain
Posted 2012-11-24 02:37:10 and read 16814 times.

Sad but true. The word on the street is the original Shamu - N334SW will fly her final flight sometime in early December. Farewell old friend.....

Topic: RE: Southwest Shamu One To Be Retired
Username: AA737-823
Posted 2012-11-24 03:32:03 and read 16732 times.

Good riddance; it's time for the elder -300's to go.
That said, I hope they can put the special liveries on the -700 fleet... or, GASP.... an -800!!!!!! Waaaahooooo!

Topic: RE: Southwest Shamu One To Be Retired
Username: freakyrat
Posted 2012-11-24 04:40:54 and read 16615 times.

Flew on the original one many times. They have the Shamu logos on the newer jets. A large Shamu on an 800 would be neat. Now they need to do another Lone Star One as that B733 is getting on up there in age.

Topic: RE: Southwest Shamu One To Be Retired
Username: gdg9
Posted 2012-11-24 06:50:22 and read 16366 times.

I assume this will be scrapped as it must have high cycles and low resale value as a -300.

Topic: RE: Southwest Shamu One To Be Retired
Username: NASCARAirforce
Posted 2012-11-24 07:00:31 and read 16327 times.

I agree that an 800 would look great as Shamu - because a Killer Whale has a long body, it would work better on an 800. That being said they need to paint California One, Lone Star and Arizona on a 700 or 800 soon too.

I hate to ask what sounds like a noob question. N647SW is Triple Crown One, but I swear I saw a 737-700 in Triple Crown One colors departing MCO although I was 8 miles north and it was high up. My eyes may have been deceiving me but normally I can tell a 300 apart from a 700 when it is departing overhead and I saw the distinctive Triple Crown One paint scheme - but still had the classic tail. I could not find any pictures of it on airliners.net or through google. Someone posted a video on youtube of a "Triple Crown One 737-700" taking off from Phoenix but after watching it was just N647SW the 300. I guess maybe I better buy some glasses because I am assuming there is no Triple Crown One 737-700?

Topic: RE: Southwest Shamu One To Be Retired
Username: RayChuang
Posted 2012-11-24 07:01:58 and read 16329 times.

I think given the number of takeoff/landing cycles a 737 has in WN service, once the plane is retired it's heading straight for the dismantling yard. Hopefully, we might have one of the first 737MAX-8's in WN service painted in the Shamu scheme again?

Topic: RE: Southwest Shamu One To Be Retired
Username: flyingclrs727
Posted 2012-11-24 07:35:21 and read 16199 times.

Quoting RayChuang (Reply 5):
I think given the number of takeoff/landing cycles a 737 has in WN service, once the plane is retired it's heading straight for the dismantling yard. Hopefully, we might have one of the first 737MAX-8's in WN service painted in the Shamu scheme again?

I don't think any of the special paint jobs are applied to new planes delivered by Boeing. I recall reading on one of the threads on this forum that only planes undergoing D-checks are candidates.

Topic: RE: Southwest Shamu One To Be Retired
Username: RavenTech
Posted 2012-11-24 07:55:40 and read 16141 times.

Quoting NASCARAirforce (Reply 4):

No 73G in the Triple Crown livery. I betting that is will be a while before any other special liveries on the 300s are transferred to a 700/800 given that all the other special liveried aircraft have been retrofitted with winglets, thus one of the last to exit the fleet.

Topic: RE: Southwest Shamu One To Be Retired
Username: Silver1SWA
Posted 2012-11-24 09:03:39 and read 15921 times.

Quoting flyingclrs727 (Reply 6):
I don't think any of the special paint jobs are applied to new planes delivered by Boeing. I recall reading on one of the threads on this forum that only planes undergoing D-checks are candidates.

It depends. Many have been painted on to older aircraft in the fleet, and a few were painted on brand new aircraft. Off the top of my head, Maryland One, Illinois One, Slam Dunk One and Florida One were all painted on new airplanes.

Topic: RE: Southwest Shamu One To Be Retired
Username: n471wn
Posted 2012-11-24 09:54:43 and read 15805 times.

Quoting RayChuang (Reply 5):
I think given the number of takeoff/landing cycles a 737 has in WN service, once the plane is retired it's heading straight for the dismantling yard. Hopefully, we might have one of the first 737MAX-8's in WN service painted in the Shamu scheme again?

Yes Shamu One will have high times----it's little sisters (N337SW and N338SW) are being parted out in Kingman and both have over 80,000 hours.

Topic: RE: Southwest Shamu One To Be Retired
Username: Asteriskceo
Posted 2012-11-24 10:17:21 and read 15753 times.

WN has a -700 painted in the same Shamu livery.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OKnJrCn82PY

[Edited 2012-11-24 10:19:38]

Topic: RE: Southwest Shamu One To Be Retired
Username: Silver1SWA
Posted 2012-11-24 10:54:37 and read 15616 times.

Quoting Asteriskceo (Reply 10):
WN has a -700 painted in the same Shamu livery.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OKnJr...n82PY

WN currently has 3 Shamu planes. N334SW, a 737-300 and the subject of this thread, and two 737-700s...N713SW and N715SW.

The two -700s replaced the two -500s, N501SW and N507SW that used to be Shamus. There was a brief period when all 5 were flying around the system in the Shamu paint job.

Topic: RE: Southwest Shamu One To Be Retired
Username: SXDFC
Posted 2012-11-24 11:37:20 and read 15418 times.

I have flown on A/C 334 quite a few times, will be sad to see her go.. Does anyone know of any rumors on which tail number is slated to be the Shamu One replacement? I'd assume it would be one of the N2**WN series since those are currently the ones getting repaints...

Quoting RavenTech (Reply 7):
I betting that is will be a while before any other special liveries on the 300s are transferred to a 700/800 given that all the other special liveried aircraft have been retrofitted with winglets, thus one of the last to exit the fleet.

Believe it or not, A/C 352 was supposed to be retired this year, and A/C 253 was supposed to be its sucessor.. With WN getting rid of the 717s, this slowed down the -300 retirements.. I've heard A/C 352 will be flying at least until the mid 2010's.

Quoting RavenTech (Reply 7):
No 73G in the Triple Crown livery

Does anyone know if Triple Crown One will even be repainted into the Triple Crown colors again? I am pretty sure I read somewhere that might be the next specialty plane to be repainted into the regular SWA colors... I DONT know this for sure though..

Topic: RE: Southwest Shamu One To Be Retired
Username: Silver1SWA
Posted 2012-11-24 11:43:36 and read 15347 times.

Quoting SXDFC (Reply 12):
Does anyone know if Triple Crown One will even be repainted into the Triple Crown colors again? I am pretty sure I read somewhere that might be the next specialty plane to be repainted into the regular SWA colors... I DONT know this for sure though..

In my opinion, the whole Triple Crown thing isn't relevant anymore and I wouldn't be surprised to see it go.

Topic: RE: Southwest Shamu One To Be Retired
Username: barney captain
Posted 2012-11-24 12:00:17 and read 15168 times.

Quoting AA737-823 (Reply 1):
Good riddance; it's time for the elder -300's to go.

Ouch - don't you know you should respect your elders ?  

But agreed, I'm too am glad to see some of the "elder" -300's retire, but she was a bit of a trend setter on her debut, and has served us well for many years. Seeing her dismantled will be bitter-sweet.

Topic: RE: Southwest Shamu One To Be Retired
Username: as739x
Posted 2012-11-24 12:04:34 and read 15121 times.

Quoting flyingclrs727 (Reply 6):

Either the Maryland or Florida plane was delivered from Boeing in the special logo I believe. One of the them was caught in the middle of the night by RoyalKing at Boeing Field.

Topic: RE: Southwest Shamu One To Be Retired
Username: AA737-823
Posted 2012-11-24 12:05:13 and read 15121 times.

Quoting Silver1SWA (Reply 13):
In my opinion, the whole Triple Crown thing isn't relevant anymore and I wouldn't be surprised to see it go.

Kind of like Silver One, the 25th anniversary aircraft? I really liked that paint scheme, but... I guess it had to go.

Topic: RE: Southwest Shamu One To Be Retired
Username: Silver1SWA
Posted 2012-11-24 12:22:38 and read 14923 times.

Quoting as739x (Reply 15):
Either the Maryland or Florida plane was delivered from Boeing in the special logo I believe. One of the them was caught in the middle of the night by RoyalKing at Boeing Field.

Like I said...

Quoting Silver1SWA (Reply 8):
It depends. Many have been painted on to older aircraft in the fleet, and a few were painted on brand new aircraft. Off the top of my head, Maryland One, Illinois One, Slam Dunk One and Florida One were all painted on new airplanes.

Topic: RE: Southwest Shamu One To Be Retired
Username: AmericanAirFan
Posted 2012-11-24 12:41:36 and read 14733 times.

Sad to see 334 go. I saw that plane several times. Back when I was just a kid I remember seeing that plane and identified it as the "first shamu with the blue tail." Back when the blue was a rare new paint at WN, and 334 was one of the earlier birds to get the "new blue."

Everytime I see 501 I imagine her flying with the Shamu still even though the paint is long gone.

Topic: RE: Southwest Shamu One To Be Retired
Username: chrisair
Posted 2012-11-24 16:34:51 and read 12806 times.

Triple crown one is still a really neat plane. They have all the employees names at the airline in June 1997 on the overhead bins.

Quoting AA737-823 (Reply 16):
Kind of like Silver One, the 25th anniversary aircraft? I really liked that paint scheme, but... I guess it had to go.

Silver One still exists. It's just not Silver anymore. I saw it in Phoenix last week and it has a special nose decal.

Topic: RE: Southwest Shamu One To Be Retired
Username: NASCARAirforce
Posted 2012-11-24 17:22:01 and read 12456 times.

Quoting SXDFC (Reply 12):
Does anyone know if Triple Crown One will even be repainted into the Triple Crown colors again? I am pretty sure I read somewhere that might be the next specialty plane to be repainted into the regular SWA colors... I DONT know this for sure though..
Quoting Silver1SWA (Reply 13):

In my opinion, the whole Triple Crown thing isn't relevant anymore and I wouldn't be surprised to see it go.

I'm not so sure Southwest has been winning all 3 awards, at least not all at once like it did back in the 1990s when it painted that plane. It probably won't be a paint scheme that will be replaced. Even though I swear I saw a 700 because wingspan seemed wider than a 300, but I am heading to eye doctor soon I think. Hopefully a few more state paint schemes will come out.

It would be cool to see Southwest paint up a few planes in sports team colors:

They are the official airline of:

Phoenix Suns (remember that America West paint scheme)
Denver Nuggets
Texas Rangers
Indianapolis Colts (if Air Tran was keeping the 717s wouldn't have to do much repaint)
Baltimore Orioles
Milwaukee Brewers (same as Indy)

Topic: RE: Southwest Shamu One To Be Retired
Username: upcfordcruiser
Posted 2012-11-24 18:55:09 and read 11919 times.

Did Shamu have the special embroidery in the headrests? I know Nevada One, New Mexico One, and Triple Crown do.

Topic: RE: Southwest Shamu One To Be Retired
Username: Darksnowynight
Posted 2012-11-24 19:07:48 and read 11834 times.

Quoting NASCARAirforce (Reply 4):
I guess maybe I better buy some glasses because I am assuming there is no Triple Crown One 737-700?

WN makes it easy, for your future reference. 700s all have red painted flap track fairings under the wing. The 300 & 500s do not.

Topic: RE: Southwest Shamu One To Be Retired
Username: Silver1SWA
Posted 2012-11-24 19:13:25 and read 11787 times.

Quoting Darksnowynight (Reply 22):
Quoting NASCARAirforce (Reply 4):
I guess maybe I better buy some glasses because I am assuming there is no Triple Crown One 737-700?

WN makes it easy, for your future reference. 700s all have red painted flap track fairings under the wing. The 300 & 500s do not.

Sort of. The special liveries do not have red flap track fairings but they are painted in a color that matches the paint job. So he probably would not have seen red under the wings of Triple Crown even if it really was a -700 he saw.

With that said, to my knowledge Triple Crown is still a -300 and I'm not aware of it changing to a -700. And since it does have winglets, I don't see that aircraft going anywhere soon.

Topic: RE: Southwest Shamu One To Be Retired
Username: SXDFC
Posted 2012-11-24 19:14:16 and read 11774 times.

Quoting NASCARAirforce (Reply 20):
Even though I swear I saw a 700 because wingspan seemed wider than a 300,

Thats because A/C 647 ( Triple Crown One ), has the APB Blended winglets, these winglets are actually shorter than the 737NG winglets. Triple Crown One is a 737-300.

Quoting upcfordcruiser (Reply 21):
Did Shamu have the special embroidery in the headrests? I know Nevada One, New Mexico One, and Triple Crown do.

I've been on all three planes recently and none of them feature special embroidery in the headrests. Shamu Two and Three do have special Sea World decals on the overhead bins, and in the fwd bulkhead when you first board the aircraft. Nevada One has tiny stickers on the overhead bins, and a medium sized sticker in the front of the bulkhead as you first walk in that says "Nevada One". New Mexico One has the same thing.

Quoting AmericanAirFan (Reply 18):
Everytime I see 501 I imagine her flying with the Shamu still even though the paint is long gone.

A/C 501 left the fleet a few months ago, I am sure evertime you drink your favorite cold drink from a can, you will now think of A/C 501.  
Quoting as739x (Reply 15):
Either the Maryland or Florida plane was delivered from Boeing in the special logo

The following specialty planes were delivered from Boeing wearing a special paint scheme.

A/C 334 "Shamu One" ( 737-300 ) 1988

A/C 352 "Lone Star One ( 737-300 ) 1990

A/C 383 "Arizona One" ( 737-300 ) 1994

A/C 501 "Shamu Two" ( 737-500 ) 1990 * First -500 Series Built/ Repainted to regular c/s 2007/ Retired 2012

A/C 507 "Shamu Three" ( 737-500 ) 1991 * Repainted into regular c/s 2007

A/C 609 "California One" ( 737-300 ) 1996

A/C 629 "Silver One" ( 737-300 ) 1996 *Repainted into regular c/s 2009

A/C 647 "Triple Crown One" ( 737-300 ) 1997

A/C 727 "Nevada One ( 737-700 ) 1999

A/C 781 "New Mexico One ( 737-700 ) 2000

A/C 214 "Maryland One" ( 737-700 ) 2005

A/C 224 " Slam Dunk One" ( 737-700 ) 2005/ * Repainted into regular c/s 2010

A/C 918 " Illinois One" ( 737-700 ) 2008

A/C 945 " Florida One" ( 737-700 ) 2010

The Following were a/c repainted into a WN specialty scheme

A/C 713 " Shamu Two " ( 737-700 ) 2005

A/C 715 " Shamu Three " ( 737-700 ) 2005

A/C 230 " Colorado One " ( 737-700 ) 2012

A/C 922 " Sports Illustrated One" ( 737-700 ) 2009/ Decal removed mid 2009

Topic: RE: Southwest Shamu One To Be Retired
Username: NASCARAirforce
Posted 2012-11-24 20:41:10 and read 11458 times.

Quoting Darksnowynight (Reply 22):

WN makes it easy, for your future reference. 700s all have red painted flap track fairings under the wing. The 300 & 500s do not.

Good point, although it was too high up for me to notice that. For reference I was at Orlando Executive Airport and it was departing from MCO - so it was an almost belly view but enough where I could see the Triple Crown logo.

I am not going to argue it was a 700, just going to worry about my eyes because normally I can tell the difference by wingspan size between a 300 and a 700.

Topic: RE: Southwest Shamu One To Be Retired
Username: chrisair
Posted 2012-11-24 23:55:01 and read 10714 times.

Quoting upcfordcruiser (Reply 21):

Did Shamu have the special embroidery in the headrests? I know Nevada One, New Mexico One, and Triple Crown do.

Nope. No special seats. I was on NM 1 back in 2009 and TC 1 in 2006 and both had the standard interior, minus the bins on TC 1 which have the employee names on them.

Quoting SXDFC (Reply 24):
Nevada One has tiny stickers on the overhead bins, and a medium sized sticker in the front of the bulkhead as you first walk in that says "Nevada One". New Mexico One has the same thing.

All the state planes have the state flag and "Arizona One" or "Florida One" on the forward bulkhead. It also says "dedicated to the Southwest employees in the state of Arizona" or something similar. Haven't been on the Nevada one though.

Is the Ronald McDonald House plane still floating around with the kid's artwork on the bins? Always thought that was kinda cool.

Quoting NASCARAirforce (Reply 25):
I am not going to argue it was a 700, just going to worry about my eyes because normally I can tell the difference by wingspan size between a 300 and a 700.

Trust me, Triple Crown One is a -300. I've flown it a few times.

Topic: RE: Southwest Shamu One To Be Retired
Username: AA737-823
Posted 2012-11-25 02:28:20 and read 10468 times.

Quoting chrisair (Reply 19):
Silver One still exists. It's just not Silver anymore. I saw it in Phoenix last week and it has a special nose decal.

Does.
Not.
Count.
 

Topic: RE: Southwest Shamu One To Be Retired
Username: SLCGuy
Posted 2012-11-25 02:54:29 and read 10357 times.

Sad to to see Shamu 1, N334SW go. Despite the people on this site that think that this plane should have been retired long ago, I'd fly on this well maintained -300 anyday. The classic 737-300 is a real workhorse. But I guess after the number of cycles and hours this aircraft has it's time to retire her. I don't know if Southwest has any sort of airline museum (ala Delta), but if they do or want to start one, they should should put Shamu 1 on display. It would sure beat seeing this aircraft go to the desert for scrap.

[Edited 2012-11-25 03:12:43]

Topic: RE: Southwest Shamu One To Be Retired
Username: DesertAir
Posted 2012-11-25 06:25:44 and read 10187 times.

Shamu was parked in Sacramento, CA on Thanksgiving evening. I was returning to San Diego. I flew on Shamu a couple of times over the years. I recall picking up a friend a number of years ago who arrived on Shamu. He was miffed to have flown on it because he was weight conscious.

Topic: RE: Southwest Shamu One To Be Retired
Username: NASCARAirforce
Posted 2012-11-25 06:33:56 and read 10156 times.

Quoting chrisair (Reply 26):
Trust me, Triple Crown One is a -300. I've flown it a few times.

I know it is a 300, or what I thought was the original - I got a few pics of it. Its been in the fleet before they took 73G deliveries. I had mistakenly confused a 300 for a 700 the other day in Triple Crown colors - at relatively high altitude and asked if Triple Crown One was recently repainted on a 700. I could not find any pictures of it or any other proof online other than a youtube poster taking video of it departing PHX who also called it a 737-700, but I could definitely tell it was a 300 in that case. With no one confirming it was recently repainted on a 700 here, I came to the conclusion my eyes deceived me.

Topic: RE: Southwest Shamu One To Be Retired
Username: jetblueguy22
Posted 2012-11-25 08:12:31 and read 10019 times.

I believe I just saw it take off from MSP. Was kind of cool seeing it after reading this thread last night. I've seen it a couple times over the years at BDL and it will be missed! Though I suppose I have to lookout for the other ones!
Blue

Topic: RE: Southwest Shamu One To Be Retired
Username: SKC
Posted 2012-11-25 08:26:11 and read 9993 times.

Quoting jetblueguy22 (Reply 31):
I believe I just saw it take off from MSP. Was kind of cool seeing it after reading this thread last night. I've seen it a couple times over the years at BDL and it will be missed! Though I suppose I have to lookout for the other ones!

Yep, 334 departed MSP for DEN about 30 mins ago. Then on to LAX, HOU, and overnight in TPA.

Topic: RE: Southwest Shamu One To Be Retired
Username: michiganatc
Posted 2012-11-25 10:42:04 and read 9774 times.

I am so bummed about this. I have been waiting a long time to see this plane with out luck.

Can anyone please let me know if this is scheduled to go to DTW anytime soon? I have to get some pictures of it before it retires. Thanks!!

Topic: RE: Southwest Shamu One To Be Retired
Username: SKC
Posted 2012-11-25 10:45:57 and read 9773 times.

Quoting michiganatc (Reply 33):
Can anyone please let me know if this is scheduled to go to DTW anytime soon?

It's only routed through Monday so far, and the closest it gets to you is MDW.

Topic: RE: Southwest Shamu One To Be Retired
Username: MSPNWA
Posted 2012-11-25 11:05:31 and read 9734 times.

I last saw Shamu 1 in STL over a year ago. Always one of my favorites, so it's sad to see it go. The irony of when I saw it was that I was sitting in N315SW, which was retired about a year ago. So both sides of the equation will soon be gone. I'll miss those classic 737s.

Topic: RE: Southwest Shamu One To Be Retired
Username: flyiguy
Posted 2012-11-26 10:08:42 and read 9170 times.

Quoting SXDFC (Reply 24):
A/C 922 " Sports Illustrated One" ( 737-700 ) 2009/ Decal removed mid 2009

Mid 2009, LOL it was removed 2 days after it was reveiled due to numerous complaints.

Topic: RE: Southwest Shamu One To Be Retired
Username: n471wn
Posted 2012-11-26 10:15:23 and read 9130 times.

Quoting flyiguy (Reply 36):
Mid 2009, LOL it was removed 2 days after it was reveiled due to numerous complaints.

It was a sad day---she was an excellent looking female!!

Topic: RE: Southwest Shamu One To Be Retired
Username: Silver1SWA
Posted 2012-11-26 11:17:53 and read 9022 times.

Quoting flyiguy (Reply 36):
Quoting SXDFC (Reply 24):
A/C 922 " Sports Illustrated One" ( 737-700 ) 2009/ Decal removed mid 2009

Mid 2009, LOL it was removed 2 days after it was reveiled due to numerous complaints.



I believe it lasted around 30 days if I remember correctly.

Topic: RE: Southwest Shamu One To Be Retired
Username: 727LOVER
Posted 2012-11-26 12:56:24 and read 8876 times.

Quoting as739x (Reply 15):
Either the Maryland or Florida plane was delivered from Boeing in the special logo I believe. One of the them was caught in the middle of the night by RoyalKing at Boeing Field.

Well, Florida One wasn't painted @ Boeing Field. It was painted in Louisiana & flew to TPA for unveiling. ceremony.........and was caught first by yours truly   



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Topic: RE: Southwest Shamu One To Be Retired
Username: PHLBOS
Posted 2012-11-26 14:22:17 and read 8744 times.

Quoting NASCARAirforce (Reply 30):
I came to the conclusion my eyes deceived me.

Personal guess, what might've thrown you to think that Triple Crown One was applied to a 73G was due to :

1. The 733 was retro-fitted w/winglets

2. The shade of blue in the TCOne scheme is similar (but not identical) to WN's current Canyon Blue scheme.

[Edited 2012-11-26 14:22:37]

Topic: RE: Southwest Shamu One To Be Retired
Username: michiganatc
Posted 2012-11-26 14:47:33 and read 8705 times.

Any SWA employees have the scheduled routing for this the next few days?

Topic: RE: Southwest Shamu One To Be Retired
Username: penguins
Posted 2012-11-26 14:52:12 and read 8697 times.

This is a bit off topic but, which WN 737 carried the penguins on it for Seaworld? If you go the Seaworld San Diego you will see pictures of the birds in the aisles.

Topic: RE: Southwest Shamu One To Be Retired
Username: Silver1SWA
Posted 2012-11-26 15:27:53 and read 8661 times.

Quoting penguins (Reply 42):
This is a bit off topic but, which WN 737 carried the penguins on it for Seaworld? If you go the Seaworld San Diego you will see pictures of the birds in the aisles.

The penguins fly on WN quite often so they fly on whichever aircraft carries out their selected flights.

Topic: RE: Southwest Shamu One To Be Retired
Username: barney captain
Posted 2012-12-01 02:45:49 and read 8204 times.

It's official, Sunday December 2nd, she is retired. I will keep my eyes open to see where/when she will head off for her final flight to the bone yard....  

Topic: RE: Southwest Shamu One To Be Retired
Username: n471wn
Posted 2012-12-01 10:40:33 and read 8056 times.

Quoting barney captain (Reply 44):
It's official, Sunday December 2nd, she is retired. I will keep my eyes open to see where/when she will head off for her final flight to the bone yard....

meanng this will be her first day of retirement or her last day in service?

Topic: RE: Southwest Shamu One To Be Retired
Username: barney captain
Posted 2012-12-01 10:46:11 and read 8059 times.

Quoting n471wn (Reply 45):
meanng this will be her first day of retirement or her last day in service?

Sorry - not clear on my part. Sunday she retires from the WN fleet, meaning Saturday is her last day in service. I haven't found out where/if she is flying Saturday.

Topic: RE: Southwest Shamu One To Be Retired
Username: n471wn
Posted 2012-12-01 11:09:40 and read 8024 times.

Quoting barney captain (Reply 46):
Sorry - not clear on my part. Sunday she retires from the WN fleet, meaning Saturday is her last day in service. I haven't found out where/if she is flying Saturday.

thanks and this is like saying goodbye to an old friend.......It is tough to see those old birds go.

Topic: RE: Southwest Shamu One To Be Retired
Username: Silver1SWA
Posted 2012-12-01 11:17:23 and read 8044 times.

Quoting barney captain (Reply 46):

Dangit! She originated out of SAN this morning. I didn't start til 10 so I missed her.  

But it appears she will be back this evening!

[Edited 2012-12-01 11:18:34]

Topic: RE: Southwest Shamu One To Be Retired
Username: Silver1SWA
Posted 2012-12-01 11:36:01 and read 8029 times.

Quoting barney captain (Reply 46):
Quoting n471wn (Reply 45):
meanng this will be her first day of retirement or her last day in service?

Sorry - not clear on my part. Sunday she retires from the WN fleet, meaning Saturday is her last day in service. I haven't found out where/if she is flying Saturday.


Hmm, as of right now N334SW is scheduled to carry out an originating flight to Denver from LAS tomorrow. Which is her last day?

[Edited 2012-12-01 11:37:00]

Topic: RE: Southwest Shamu One To Be Retired
Username: barney captain
Posted 2012-12-01 12:09:09 and read 7988 times.

Curious.....the fleet balance on our company site definitely shows N334 "retired" starting Sunday December 2nd. Can you see where she ends up that day?

Topic: RE: Southwest Shamu One To Be Retired
Username: Silver1SWA
Posted 2012-12-01 12:31:45 and read 7977 times.

Quoting barney captain (Reply 50):
Curious.....the fleet balance on our company site definitely shows N334 "retired" starting Sunday December 2nd. Can you see where she ends up that day?


According to our ops system, she terminates in LAS tonight and then terminates in DEN tomorrow night. Interesting...

Topic: RE: Southwest Shamu One To Be Retired
Username: Silver1SWA
Posted 2012-12-01 16:33:21 and read 7905 times.

Just spent a few minutes looking up N334SW and as of right now she is scheduled through the system til at least Wednesday with DAL being the last stop on Wednesday. I'm guessing that's when she might be retired, at the earliest. Again, according to what is showing right now. Things can always change, of course.

Topic: RE: Southwest Shamu One To Be Retired
Username: barney captain
Posted 2012-12-01 18:12:38 and read 7822 times.

Thanks for the update Silver. Looks like an 11th hour (temporary) Governor's pardon....  

Topic: RE: Southwest Shamu One To Be Retired
Username: n471wn
Posted 2012-12-01 20:42:20 and read 7664 times.

DAL is a fitting last stop for this proud bird!!

Topic: RE: Southwest Shamu One To Be Retired
Username: GentFromAlaska
Posted 2012-12-02 14:07:38 and read 7485 times.

Quoting Silver1SWA (Reply 52):

Is the retirement of an commercial airframe ceremonial in nature; or up to each individual carrier. I understand a low fly over and water cannon salute may be in play at a final airport. As protocol goes is it a scripted ceremony or sorts?

When the military decommissions a vessel there is a ceremony before the vessel is retired and or sold or donated.

Topic: RE: Southwest Shamu One To Be Retired
Username: Super80DFW
Posted 2012-12-02 17:47:32 and read 7360 times.

I'll miss seeing Shamu One around the country at various airports. I've had the chance to fly on this aircraft on two occasions, so there is a small personal attachment. 

Rest in peace Shamu!

Topic: RE: Southwest Shamu One To Be Retired
Username: SXDFC
Posted 2012-12-03 09:26:01 and read 7170 times.

It appears to be that DEC 17 will be the last flight for Shamu One ( A/C 334 )..

Topic: RE: Southwest Shamu One To Be Retired
Username: Dazed767
Posted 2012-12-04 06:06:50 and read 6958 times.

Will it be in MCO anytime soon?

Topic: RE: Southwest Shamu One To Be Retired
Username: michiganatc
Posted 2012-12-04 06:20:26 and read 6943 times.

Is a/c 334 going to come through MDW or DTW anytime soon?

Topic: RE: Southwest Shamu One To Be Retired
Username: na
Posted 2012-12-04 06:25:53 and read 6954 times.

24 years old, this shorthaul bird has had a longer service life than most 733s. Time to rest, farewell.

Topic: RE: Southwest Shamu One To Be Retired
Username: SKC
Posted 2012-12-04 08:40:21 and read 6896 times.

Quoting michiganatc (Reply 59):
Is a/c 334 going to come through MDW or DTW anytime soon?

It will RON in MDW tonight, then a CLE round trip first thing tomorrow morning then back west.

Topic: RE: Southwest Shamu One To Be Retired
Username: FI642
Posted 2012-12-04 08:51:06 and read 6867 times.

Quoting Asteriskceo (Reply 10):
WN has a -700 painted in the same Shamu livery.

I saw her just the other day at BWI!

Topic: RE: Southwest Shamu One To Be Retired
Username: brilondon
Posted 2012-12-04 09:15:54 and read 6854 times.

Quoting barney captain (Thread starter):
Sad but true. The word on the street is the original Shamu - N334SW will fly her final flight sometime in early December. Farewell old friend.....

I guess I am not sentimental, but I don't really have any attachments to machines. I don't see why the sentimentality over an aircraft. Also WN has other aircraft painted in the Shamu paint as well.
http://www.airliners.net/photo/South...d=41ca695aa850bdcc6d2f980cb8caf325

Topic: RE: Southwest Shamu One To Be Retired
Username: N1120A
Posted 2012-12-04 09:48:35 and read 6811 times.

Quoting AA737-823 (Reply 1):
Good riddance; it's time for the elder -300's to go.

Why? They are quite nice.

Quoting freakyrat (Reply 2):
A large Shamu on an 800 would be neat.

That would be perfect.

Topic: RE: Southwest Shamu One To Be Retired
Username: 71Zulu
Posted 2012-12-04 11:46:43 and read 6737 times.

Quoting 727LOVER (Reply 39):
Well, Florida One wasn't painted @ Boeing Field.
It was painted in Louisiana & flew to TPA for unveiling.

Really? This video seems to indicate otherwise (I know the plane in the first part is not F1).

What paint shop is used in LA? Acadiana?

http://youtu.be/zKnsyYbfC60

Topic: RE: Southwest Shamu One To Be Retired
Username: SKC
Posted 2012-12-04 12:28:27 and read 6717 times.

Quoting N1120A (Reply 64):
Quoting AA737-823 (Reply 1):
Good riddance; it's time for the elder -300's to go.

Why? They are quite nice.

Not performance-wise. The -300 is a dog.

Can't wait for the day our last -300 is retired. Glorious day, o glorious day!

Topic: RE: Southwest Shamu One To Be Retired
Username: n471wn
Posted 2012-12-04 12:32:32 and read 6701 times.

Quoting SKC (Reply 66):
Can't wait for the day our last -300 is retired. Glorious day, o glorious day!

How sad that you do not not appreciate what the 300 series did for day--to-day aviation.......it is lilke making fun of a classic car because turbo-charging was not yet invented----respect the 300 for what it did in its time....

Topic: RE: Southwest Shamu One To Be Retired
Username: SXDFC
Posted 2012-12-10 09:43:37 and read 6469 times.

Well here she is folks, not sure of the airport shes at, but this is courtesy of a buddy of mine at WN.

http://i1208.photobucket.com/albums/cc368/737-8H4/FC89B52D-62BE-4AF7-8806-ADF91D3929DC-8951-0000072446991AC6.jpg

http://i1208.photobucket.com/albums/cc368/737-8H4/C050F4D8-AF94-440A-BF2C-0606E2414499-8999-0000072932AD0456.jpg

Kinda sad to see her sitting out there.. Whales don't last long in the desert... Hopefully someone buys her!

[Edited 2012-12-10 10:05:57]

Topic: RE: Southwest Shamu One To Be Retired
Username: Silver1SWA
Posted 2012-12-10 10:11:34 and read 6368 times.

That was quick!

Glad I saw her depart for her last revenue flight last night. Will post pics tonight.

Topic: RE: Southwest Shamu One To Be Retired
Username: barney captain
Posted 2012-12-10 10:12:53 and read 6384 times.

Quoting brilondon (Reply 63):
I guess I am not sentimental, but I don't really have any attachments to machines. I don't see why the sentimentality over an aircraft.

That's too bad. The attachment I have comes out of appreciation for the millions of passengers she has safely delivered to their destinations over the years. Additionally, while there were specialty paint schemes before her, Shamu One was pretty revolutionary when she was first unveiled.

Quoting SXDFC (Reply 68):
Well here she is folks, not sure of the airport shes at, but this is courtesy of a buddy of mine at WN

Thanks for the update! It looks like that might be Marana outside of TUS.

Quoting SXDFC (Reply 68):
Kinda sad to see her sitting out there.. Whales don't last long in the desert... Hopefully someone buys her!

I'm afraid her cycles/total time means she has likely flown her last flight.  

Topic: RE: Southwest Shamu One To Be Retired
Username: n471wn
Posted 2012-12-10 10:57:55 and read 6294 times.

Quoting barney captain (Reply 70):
Thanks for the update! It looks like that might be Marana outside of TUS.

It looks like Tucson to me

Topic: RE: Southwest Shamu One To Be Retired
Username: yeelep
Posted 2012-12-10 11:26:13 and read 6264 times.

They sure aren't wasting any time pulling the engines off.

Topic: RE: Southwest Shamu One To Be Retired
Username: GentFromAlaska
Posted 2012-12-10 12:44:03 and read 6189 times.

Quoting SXDFC (Reply 68):
not sure of the airport shes at
Quoting n471wn (Reply 71):
It looks like Tucson to me

You may want send it to Ben Mutzbaugh, the aviation guru at the US Today for his weekly "Name the Airport" contest http://www.usatoday.com/story/todayi...2/10/05/name-that-airport/1615323/ It may get published. Somebodies bound to come up with the airport.

Topic: RE: Southwest Shamu One To Be Retired
Username: 727LOVER
Posted 2012-12-10 13:14:22 and read 6155 times.

Quoting 71Zulu (Reply 65):
Really? This video seems to indicate otherwise (I know the plane in the first part is not F1).

What paint shop is used in LA? Acadiana?

Read the first 7 replies in this thread. There seems to be some disagreement where the Florida One was painted.
Southwest N945WN Special Livery? (by RobK Apr 2 2010 in Civil Aviation)#105


I'm not saying you're wrong.....I just don't know, therefore, I will retract my earlier statement.


The guy in reply #5 seems to have nailed the future Colorado One.

[Edited 2012-12-10 13:17:03]

Topic: RE: Southwest Shamu One To Be Retired
Username: chrisair
Posted 2012-12-10 13:24:16 and read 6146 times.

Shamu has been retired to Tucson (not Marana). The Catalina Mountains in the background and the water tower at the ANG base give it away.

Came in from Phoenix about 8 this morning. There were a lot of WN 733s here earlier this year, including a few of the AirCal birds. They're all gone now.

Topic: RE: Southwest Shamu One To Be Retired
Username: n471wn
Posted 2012-12-10 18:19:45 and read 5946 times.

Quoting chrisair (Reply 75):
Came in from Phoenix about 8 this morning. There were a lot of WN 733s here earlier this year, including a few of the AirCal birds. They're all gone now.

Meaning they were scrapped in Tucson or did they go to to other airports?

Topic: RE: Southwest Shamu One To Be Retired
Username: barney captain
Posted 2012-12-15 19:43:44 and read 5589 times.

.....83,000+ hours and 71,000+ cycles. It's time to retire old friend. Does anyone have any updated pics/info ?

Topic: RE: Southwest Shamu One To Be Retired
Username: 737tdi
Posted 2012-12-15 23:21:34 and read 5457 times.

I read a comment above about not understanding feelings for machines. I can say I worked on this aircraft many, many times in the last 12 years, and it is sad to see her go.

Topic: RE: Southwest Shamu One To Be Retired
Username: SXDFC
Posted 2012-12-16 08:25:23 and read 5291 times.

Quoting n471wn (Reply 76):
Meaning they were scrapped in Tucson or did they go to to other airports?

I've yet to see another one of our -300's go onto another carrier. I'd imagine these -300s have a ton of cycles, and are probably at the end of their lives. From what I've heard the -300s that came in there from SWA ended up scrapped. On a side note I am curious as to how many cycles/ hours our early -700's have...

Topic: RE: Southwest Shamu One To Be Retired
Username: Spacepope
Posted 2012-12-16 17:55:13 and read 5122 times.

Quoting SXDFC (Reply 79):
On a side note I am curious as to how many cycles/ hours our early -700's have..

According to FAA SDRs, as of May N700GS had about 52,000 hours and 32,000 cycles


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