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User currently offlineBAe146 From United States of America, joined Aug 1999, 161 posts, RR: 3
Posted (11 years 2 weeks 1 day 13 hours ago) and read 4368 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.

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User currently offlineAGM100 From United States of America, joined Dec 2003, 5407 posts, RR: 17
Reply 1, posted (11 years 2 weeks 1 day 13 hours ago) and read 4183 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 ?

G




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User currently offlineBAe146 From United States of America, joined Aug 1999, 161 posts, RR: 3
Reply 2, posted (11 years 2 weeks 1 day 13 hours ago) and read 4175 times:

I could not see any extra pylons, but i only saw it from the starboard side. They're probably removable though. It looked like it was just flying with 4 CF6's

User currently offlineFlagshipAZ From United States of America, joined Jan 2001, 3419 posts, RR: 14
Reply 3, posted (11 years 2 weeks 1 day 12 hours ago) and read 4132 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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User currently offlineDan2002 From United States of America, joined Dec 2002, 2055 posts, RR: 5
Reply 4, posted (11 years 2 weeks 1 day 8 hours ago) and read 4036 times:

AN-225 , at CLE about a month ago, very big plane!...LOL


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User currently offlineCopaair737 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 5, posted (11 years 2 weeks 1 day 8 hours ago) and read 4035 times:

I flew on a Nord 262 a couple months ago.

User currently offlineRockyRacoon From United States of America, joined Oct 2003, 984 posts, RR: 0
Reply 6, posted (11 years 2 weeks 1 day 8 hours ago) and read 4027 times:

Caught the northwest cargo 747 last night a cvg (11:05). I know it's nothing special but it was nice to see a real jumbo jet at my airport.

Tim


User currently offlineDodgecharger From United States of America, joined Jun 2003, 210 posts, RR: 0
Reply 7, posted (11 years 2 weeks 1 day 7 hours ago) and read 4005 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.

User currently offlineVirgin747 From Canada, joined Oct 1999, 319 posts, RR: 0
Reply 8, posted (11 years 2 weeks 1 day 7 hours ago) and read 3926 times:

in two weeks the world is gonna see the wright flyer........

User currently offlineANX4fishing From United States of America, joined Nov 2003, 168 posts, RR: 0
Reply 9, posted (11 years 2 weeks 1 day 7 hours ago) and read 3914 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.

User currently offlineImisspiedmont From United States of America, joined May 2001, 6339 posts, RR: 33
Reply 10, posted (11 years 2 weeks 1 day 6 hours ago) and read 3882 times:

AGM100, that is the Raytheon 580 based at TUS.

Perhaps you might want to swing by TUS this weekend to see the "Global Peace Ambassadors" 747SP in the scrapping area. That is getting to be quite a rare airframe.



Damn, this website is getting worse daily.
User currently offlineGrandTheftAero From United States of America, joined Nov 2003, 254 posts, RR: 5
Reply 11, posted (11 years 2 weeks 1 day 5 hours ago) and read 3857 times:

AGM100, 747GE has four pylons just like any other 747 but the inboard left pylon is custom built for the test engine. Currently a CF34-10 occupies that position, before that it was a GE90-115B.


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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!


User currently offlineBMAbound From Sweden, joined Nov 2003, 660 posts, RR: 4
Reply 12, posted (11 years 2 weeks 13 hours ago) and read 3760 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!)  Big grin


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User currently offlineBAe146 From United States of America, joined Aug 1999, 161 posts, RR: 3
Reply 13, posted (11 years 1 week 5 days 15 hours ago) and read 3657 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).

User currently offlineQANTAS747-438 From United States of America, joined Jan 2001, 1984 posts, RR: 2
Reply 14, posted (11 years 1 week 5 days 14 hours ago) and read 3529 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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User currently offlineAirplanepics From United Kingdom, joined Jun 2003, 2739 posts, RR: 40
Reply 15, posted (11 years 1 week 5 days 14 hours ago) and read 3509 times:

I perfomed engine tests on N727GG today  Big thumbs up VIP Aircraft, one beautiful plane. Also went on B737ER, the record breaking plane that flew the longest distance ever by a 737!
Ah the joys of work experiance!

Simon



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User currently offlineSerge From United States of America, joined Sep 2001, 1989 posts, RR: 2
Reply 16, posted (11 years 1 week 5 days 14 hours ago) and read 3391 times:

N1910 - the last real charterable 727-100 (Planet Airways) in the USA a few weeks ago.  Love

User currently offlineLikesplanes From Canada, joined Jun 2001, 105 posts, RR: 0
Reply 17, posted (11 years 1 week 5 days 13 hours ago) and read 3287 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!


User currently offlineStarrion From United States of America, joined Jul 2003, 1130 posts, RR: 2
Reply 18, posted (11 years 1 week 5 days 13 hours ago) and read 3267 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.....


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User currently offlineRyanair737 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 19, posted (11 years 1 week 5 days 13 hours ago) and read 3257 times:

I saw a Aeronova Metro III (EC-HCH) parked up at MAN on Saturday.


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User currently offlineLikesplanes From Canada, joined Jun 2001, 105 posts, RR: 0
Reply 20, posted (11 years 1 week 5 days 13 hours ago) and read 3249 times:

Point well taken Starrion.

User currently offlineAGM100 From United States of America, joined Dec 2003, 5407 posts, RR: 17
Reply 21, posted (11 years 1 week 5 days 13 hours ago) and read 3239 times:

Raytheon 580 , cool thanks for the info. I will go by the ramp and check out the 747SP. I heard that the aircraft is going to be going through a "c" level check and will go back into service.


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User currently offlineImisspiedmont From United States of America, joined May 2001, 6339 posts, RR: 33
Reply 22, posted (11 years 1 week 5 days 6 hours ago) and read 3146 times:

You'd better hurry then AGM100, the dumpsters are in place and crews on site this morning for the SP. I expect "the claw" will be onsite tommorrow. It's being scrapped.

Location of airframe and the fact that Hamilton cannot do a 747 C check are the clues.



Damn, this website is getting worse daily.
User currently offlineNotar520AC From United States of America, joined Jul 2001, 1606 posts, RR: 4
Reply 23, posted (11 years 1 week 5 days 5 hours ago) and read 3124 times:

Saw the British Airways 777 fly into San Diego Lindbergh Field- that must be an absolutely terrifying approach and takeoff! Such a big plane on such a small runway!

Happy contrails.
_NOTAR520AC



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User currently offlineJBirdAV8r From United States of America, joined Jun 2001, 4491 posts, RR: 21
Reply 24, posted (11 years 1 week 5 days 4 hours ago) and read 3071 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
25 Brubiac : The An-22 in EBOS last summer, first time I saw this one.
26 Post contains links and images Paddy : View Large View MediumPhoto © Ted Quackenbush I spot these all the time when I go to my parent's house. 3 or 4 Chinooks are based at Columbia Hel
27 Post contains images Petrouchka : Notar520AC: The approach might be a little harrowing, but then, what approach into SAN isn't? The takeoff would be a piece of cake. The 777 gets off t
28 AGM100 : I was wondering about the C check on the SP. Did not think it was on their op spec. I have seen enough airplanes this year anyway I think I will go go
29 Post contains links and images Jan Mogren : Could Imisspiedmont and AGM100 *please* contact me thru the contact button on any of my pix? /JM View Large View MediumPhoto © Jan Mogren
30 CV990 : Hi! A few weeks ago I spotted one of the rarest airliners I've ever seen. It was a Buttler Aviation/TBM Douglas DC-6 water-bomber. Normally the DC-6'
31 Flairport : a few weeks ago i saw the WN 737 with winglets come into FLL.... not very rare, but the rarest thing since I saw the Air Transat L1011 come in!
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