BAe146 From United States of America, joined Aug 1999, 161 posts, RR: 3 Posted (11 years 4 months 3 weeks 3 days 4 hours ago) and read 4429 times:
What is the most rare aircraft you've spotted recently? I just saw GE's 747-121 testbed fly overhead yesterday (N747GE). Too bad I was at work, and didn't have a camera ready. Not to many visitors like that here in Yuma (YUM/KYUM). Plenty of AV-8BII+ Harriers, though. That's what I work on.
AGM100 From United States of America, joined Dec 2003, 5407 posts, RR: 17
Reply 1, posted (11 years 4 months 3 weeks 3 days 3 hours ago) and read 4244 times:
My office is right at the end of the runway @ DM in Tucson. We get to see alot of different aircraft coming in and out. I recently saw a Convair 580 aircraft with what appeared like some type of Radome extension. Possibly a Radar test bed ?? Does anyone know what it could be ? I worked on the CV580 H.A mapping aircraft for EG&G with the underbelly camera extension. I don't think I have ever saw the nose extension.
Does the GE 747 have an extra pylon for the test engine ?
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FlagshipAZ From United States of America, joined Jan 2001, 3419 posts, RR: 14
Reply 3, posted (11 years 4 months 3 weeks 3 days 3 hours ago) and read 4193 times:
FYI for 146..if you spotted a 747-121 with GE engines, that is indeed a rare bird. Since a -121 is an ex-Pan Am, and Pan Am ordered all their 747s with Pratts, that's the one 747 ever that went from one engine maker to another. Only other aircraft I know of like that is the prototype 777, which went from Pratts to RRs for Cathay Pacific. Regards.
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Dodgecharger From United States of America, joined Jun 2003, 210 posts, RR: 0
Reply 7, posted (11 years 4 months 3 weeks 2 days 22 hours ago) and read 4066 times:
A red Sikorsky S-61 at CLL (Easterwood airport, TX) a few days ago. Not rare to some maybe, but first time I have seen one at CLL. It was also one of the few times I have seen an S-61. So to me it was a rare sight.
ANX4fishing From United States of America, joined Nov 2003, 168 posts, RR: 0
Reply 9, posted (11 years 4 months 3 weeks 2 days 21 hours ago) and read 3975 times:
We get the occasional AN-225 at Moffett Field, Mountain View, CA. They transport satellite hardware for Lockheed-Martin among other things. It's an amazing sight when they take off over our roof tops. Air Force One also parks here with two C-5 in tow when dubya comes to visit.
FlagshipAZ, indeed, the other three engines are JT9s... quite a quirk for an airplane with "GE Aircraft Engines" splashed across the side of the fuselage, especially for those of us at GE who work on the CF6!
BMAbound From Sweden, joined Nov 2003, 660 posts, RR: 4
Reply 12, posted (11 years 4 months 3 weeks 2 days 3 hours ago) and read 3821 times:
Nothing rare in that sense, but it was great to see a whole lot of different Russian Air Force prop-Antonovs in St Petersburg 2 weeks ago. To see them all that close made me wonder how they even remain airworthy. (well, maybe airworthy with Russian standards!)
BAe146 From United States of America, joined Aug 1999, 161 posts, RR: 3
Reply 13, posted (11 years 4 months 3 weeks 5 hours ago) and read 3718 times:
Amazingly enough, N747GE just passed overhead again, today. It is JT9D'd on 1,3,4, while #2 looked like a CF34. Very cool to see it twice, though. Let's see if there'll be a third time (the charm, when hopefully I'll have a camera ready).
QANTAS747-438 From United States of America, joined Jan 2001, 2017 posts, RR: 2
Reply 14, posted (11 years 4 months 3 weeks 5 hours ago) and read 3590 times:
The two rare one's I've seen was an AN-225 looming in the distance in Seattle until it flew right above Downtown. The second being Air Force One at LAX carrying Bush onboard. Two rare sights... two rare planes!
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Likesplanes From Canada, joined Jun 2001, 105 posts, RR: 0
Reply 17, posted (11 years 4 months 3 weeks 4 hours ago) and read 3348 times:
What an incredible photo of the GE 747-121 with the GE engine under the left wing! The difference in size is amazing. I believe most of the early 747's had engines with thrust ratings of 45,000 to 46,000 pounds, or thereabouts. Someone can correct me on this if I am wrong. However, if accurate,
then a pair of the 90,000 pound thrust GE engines used on the 777 should easily be able to fly one of the older 747-100's, providing that the 747 could be adapted to use them. A pair of GE 90's would not look out of place under the wing of a 747-100, and might actually look pretty sharp!
Starrion From United States of America, joined Jul 2003, 1139 posts, RR: 2
Reply 18, posted (11 years 4 months 3 weeks 3 hours ago) and read 3328 times:
uh, That doesn't look like a lot of ground clearance under the -121's wing with the GE 90 on it. The last thing you would want is an engine that would hoover up any debris and/or ramp rats that were nearby.....
JBirdAV8r From United States of America, joined Jun 2001, 4498 posts, RR: 21
Reply 24, posted (11 years 4 months 2 weeks 6 days 19 hours ago) and read 3132 times:
Saw the prototype Adam A500 (N501AX) at TRI about a month ago. That is one SWEET looking airplane....you've probably seen it in all the aviation magazines. But that sucker is one SLICK piston airplane.
I got my head checked--by a jumbo jet
: The An-22 in EBOS last summer, first time I saw this one.