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United 747 In Tripoli!  
User currently offlineAvt007 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Posted (10 years 9 months 3 weeks 3 days 23 hours ago) and read 2713 times:

OK, it was an ex-United 747, but it caused me to do a double take when I saw it. The logo and name had been removed, but the paint scheme was unchanged, except for the 3D-xxx registration, making it registered, if not necessarily operated in Swaziland. Anyone know the history or operator?

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User currently offlineSwissgabe From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 1, posted (10 years 9 months 3 weeks 3 days 23 hours ago) and read 2676 times:

Well, United and ex-United is a big difference for me ...

Well, I guess 747 can't land in Swaziland so I think it has a funny registration because of that. But is there a possibility that it came from Ariana for Hadj or something like this?


User currently offlinePanAmerican From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 2, posted (10 years 9 months 3 weeks 3 days 22 hours ago) and read 2497 times:

Well, this one has an Afghan registration:

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and belongs to Ariana Afghan Airlines.

There are, however, other 747s with a 3D-registration:

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They're not ex United though.

 Smile/happy/getting dizzyPA


User currently offlineGARUDAROD From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 3, posted (10 years 9 months 3 weeks 3 days 21 hours ago) and read 2285 times:


The aircraft that was registered in Afghaistan has indeed been reregistered
under the 3D- Swaziland prefix. There is a great topic on this very aircraft on the pprune site regarding the legality of the aircraft and its crews.
Apparently the aircraft is non-airworthy and the crews are not legal.


User currently offlineAvt007 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 4, posted (10 years 9 months 3 weeks 3 days 19 hours ago) and read 2115 times:

Is Swaziland the Liberia of the airways? Do they allow registration and operation if the fee is right? It wouldn't surprise me at all................

User currently offlineF9Widebody From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 5, posted (10 years 9 months 3 weeks 3 days 19 hours ago) and read 2084 times:

Perhaps it has something to do with the issue B747skipper mentions in this :

http://www.airliners.net/discussions/general_aviation/read.main/1247401/4/

Infact, it makes alot of sense now, because he mentions that these phony airlines have planes registered in Swaziland.

Regards,
F9W

[Edited 2003-11-13 22:37:23]

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