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UA #9750 Flight SFO To SFO?  
User currently offlineChgoan From United States of America, joined Aug 2003, 230 posts, RR: 0
Posted (10 years 10 months 3 weeks 3 days 5 hours ago) and read 3119 times:

Hi,

Was on flytecomm.com an hour ago (10/29), just like everyday, reloading random flight tracking and United #9750 came up as a 777-200 flight from SFO to SFO and showed it at 25,000 feet just west of the city over the Pacific. It looked like it was a scheduled hour flight. I also checked flightview.com and it showed the same information.

What was the purpose of this flight? The only thing I can think of is if it was a maintenance flight or some kind...a test flight.

Any ideas or info? Just curious.

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User currently offlineProudtoflyaa From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 1, posted (10 years 10 months 3 weeks 3 days 5 hours ago) and read 3056 times:

I'd assume it is a maintenance test flight.

User currently offlineIndustrialPate From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 2, posted (10 years 10 months 3 weeks 3 days 5 hours ago) and read 3024 times:

Maybe UA's selling B744 rides to make $$$?

User currently offlineLHR001 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 3, posted (10 years 10 months 3 weeks 3 days 5 hours ago) and read 3023 times:

To bad they didnt sell any tickets for all of you San Francisco aviation buffs!

LHR001


User currently offlineFlyingbronco05 From United States of America, joined May 2002, 3840 posts, RR: 2
Reply 4, posted (10 years 10 months 3 weeks 3 days 5 hours ago) and read 2948 times:

came up as a 777-200 flight from SFO

Maybe UA's selling B744 rides to make $$$?

He said a 777-200. What does the 744 have to do with this?  Laugh out loud

FB05



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User currently offlineTallguy14 From United States of America, joined Jul 2002, 228 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (10 years 10 months 3 weeks 3 days 5 hours ago) and read 2928 times:
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It was a maintenance test flight. Aircraft 2376 had an aileron replaced, so an engineering crew took the a/c for a verification flight.

Jeff, UA



User currently offlineChgoan From United States of America, joined Aug 2003, 230 posts, RR: 0
Reply 6, posted (10 years 10 months 3 weeks 3 days 5 hours ago) and read 2914 times:

Cool! Thanks for the detail Jeff.

User currently offlineUnited1 From United States of America, joined Oct 2003, 5951 posts, RR: 9
Reply 7, posted (10 years 10 months 3 weeks 3 days 5 hours ago) and read 2903 times:

IPate was attempting to make a joke (note that I say attempting).
Any mainline flight in the 9000 range is a charter or a plane on a test flight or some other sort of nonscheduled operations. It was probably a maintenance test flight as SFO is UA's Maintenance base. Its a bit too early for the Santa Claus flights yet Smile
Chuck



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User currently offline4everRC From United States of America, joined Jul 2003, 325 posts, RR: 1
Reply 8, posted (10 years 10 months 3 weeks 3 days 5 hours ago) and read 2816 times:

Back when I was a CSA for UA, the company used to fill up a 744 with kids from the "Make a Wish" Foundation and fly them around the bay area for an hour.

Could be that they just switched the aircraft type, but are still doing good for terminal children...



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User currently offlineTallguy14 From United States of America, joined Jul 2002, 228 posts, RR: 0
Reply 9, posted (10 years 10 months 3 weeks 3 days 4 hours ago) and read 2708 times:
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A limited number of Fantasy Flights operate each year, but not nearly as many as before 9/11. Usually a local corporation donates money for the fuel, and the airport usually waives their fee for landing and ATC expenses. The employees donate their time to decorate the gate and to work the flight. Usually it's needy or disadvantaged children who get the hour-long flight. It's really a cool thing for them!

There were only a handful of flights last year, mostly due to our bankruptcy. Even though it doesn't cost the company anything, I guess we're just keeping a low profile! I think I remember a flight last year in SJO, Costa Rica. None of them are "official flights" and can be hard to track.

About five years ago I helped to crew a 727 for the Boise Fantasy Flight. Since I work in Chicago, though, I wasn't able to be onboard for the flight. Some UA pilots and flight attendants who live in Boise came to the airport in uniform, on their own time to meet the kids and take pictures, etc. Very cool.

Jeff, UA





User currently offlineChgoan From United States of America, joined Aug 2003, 230 posts, RR: 0
Reply 10, posted (10 years 10 months 3 weeks 3 days 4 hours ago) and read 2689 times:

United1,

What about 8000 range flight numbers? Sometimes flights being tracked will come up at 8*** (i.e., a flight from JFK to SFO on United came up with the 8000 number).

And then sometimes I'll see flights like UA815A. Why would they change it to "A"?


User currently offlineUnited1 From United States of America, joined Oct 2003, 5951 posts, RR: 9
Reply 11, posted (10 years 10 months 3 weeks 3 days 4 hours ago) and read 2647 times:

Not sure about the 8000 series I'll have to look that up when I get home. Sometimes they will schedule a flight that uses one number but changes aircraft. For example flight 800 NRT-SFO-ATL. NRT-SFO is on a 747-400 SFO-ATL is an A320 if the NRT-SFO flight is late arriving and the SFO_ATL flight leaves they would add a letter to the flight number to make sure that there aren't two United 800's in the air at the same time.
NOTE I am aware that 800 does not fly from NRT_SFO_ATL. I don;t have a UA timetable in front of me so I just made something up.
Chuck



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User currently offlineChgoan From United States of America, joined Aug 2003, 230 posts, RR: 0
Reply 12, posted (10 years 10 months 3 weeks 3 days 4 hours ago) and read 2594 times:

Thanks Chuck. The "A" flights makes sense - hadn't thought of that. Appreciate the quick answers...I've always wondered about these things, but never asked.

User currently offlineAaway From United States of America, joined Oct 2003, 1523 posts, RR: 14
Reply 13, posted (10 years 10 months 3 weeks 3 days 2 hours ago) and read 2469 times:

If I'm not mistaken, the UA flights numbered in the 8000s are priority flights involving medical needs. The most common would be the transport of an organ/organs, or perhaps a medical patient with a priority (yet non-infectious)condition. The flight number identifies the aircraft for priority with ATC.


With a choice between changing one's mind & proving there's no need to do so, most everyone gets busy on the proof.
User currently offlinePotomac From United States of America, joined Jul 2003, 713 posts, RR: 0
Reply 14, posted (10 years 10 months 3 weeks 3 days 2 hours ago) and read 2439 times:

i've been on flights with the 8### designator - i think its mostly for the overlapping flight segments with the same number in the ATC system as mentioned above.

User currently offlineLuv2fly From United States of America, joined May 2003, 12110 posts, RR: 48
Reply 15, posted (10 years 10 months 3 weeks 3 days 1 hour ago) and read 2398 times:
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LHR001 and I quote you

To bad they didn't sell any tickets for all of you San Francisco aviation buffs!

LHR001

Your profile lists you as being in SFO, why would this not apply to you? Although since your other profile, Kl777jfk listed you as younger and in NYC you do age quick and get around.



You can cut the irony with a knife
User currently offlineJC5280 From United States of America, joined Oct 2001, 530 posts, RR: 4
Reply 16, posted (10 years 10 months 3 weeks 3 days 1 hour ago) and read 2335 times:

Maintainance flight. Just replaced a aileron. Aircraft number #2376.

Took off at 0900, landed at 1033.


User currently offlineAaway From United States of America, joined Oct 2003, 1523 posts, RR: 14
Reply 17, posted (10 years 10 months 3 weeks 3 days 1 hour ago) and read 2303 times:

Potomac:
Did some checking, and you are correct! There is nomenclature used in the ATC environment that identifies medical priority flights. Theres a word tacked on the callsign/flight #. If I could just recall...:o



With a choice between changing one's mind & proving there's no need to do so, most everyone gets busy on the proof.
User currently offlineBoingGoingGone From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 18, posted (10 years 10 months 3 weeks 1 day 19 hours ago) and read 2053 times:

Maybe it's just the status quo at UAL. Plane in the sky, going no-where.

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