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User currently offlineEMBQA From United States of America, joined Oct 2003, 9364 posts, RR: 11
Posted (10 years 8 months 2 weeks 2 days 21 hours ago) and read 2938 times:

I just saw the 'new' Southern Air Transport 747-300 here in BNA. After it landed it taxied up to the main cargo ramp. It's common for us to see: China Air, ExpressNet, Capitol and Kitty Hawk, but this was a rare treat. Any idea who they are flying for, how big is their fleet, what do they have and where the 747-300 came from.


"It's not the size of the dog in the fight, but the size of the fight in the dog"
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User currently offlineMattbna From United States of America, joined Dec 2003, 316 posts, RR: 7
Reply 1, posted (10 years 8 months 2 weeks 1 day 12 hours ago) and read 2876 times:

Actually, that was a 747-206B (reg: N746SA) that arrived in BNA around 1315 from ANC. The trip to BNA originated in Khabarovsk, Russia (KHB / UHHH) and only stopped in ANC for a short while (similar to our 6 days-a-week China Air Cargo 744F visitors). Oddly enough, it looks as if someone caught a picture of it in KHB before it left for BNA (see below)...

I walked over to the old tower and took a few photos of it (which didn't turn out well enough to be on a.net) about 30 minutes before they departed for EBLG (Belgium)... It got dark on me, but I sat at the Vultee viewing area and watched them leave anyway.

The name of the aircraft is "Wilbur Wright" and there was a small blurb near the door stating that the craft is "Operating for Lufthansa Cargo".

I originally saw it coming in over West Nashville around 1310 and hopped on the web (flytecomm.com and fboweb.com) trying to figure out who in the world it was.

Matt


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User currently offlineMattbna From United States of America, joined Dec 2003, 316 posts, RR: 7
Reply 2, posted (10 years 8 months 1 week 4 days 8 hours ago) and read 2819 times:

Southern Air was back again today from the same place in Russia... They arrived at around 1700 local and left at 0405 local headed to Okayama, Japan. They'll be traveling over ANC to get there, but it doesn't appear they are going to be stopping on the way. Almost 6000 miles... Strange.

Based on these times, Southern Air had a 742 sitting on the cargo ramp with the China Air Cargo 744 for about the last hour... Wish I had known that earlier on as that would have made a very new picture for BNA...

Oh well....It'll probably happen again. I just wish I knew what Southern Air was bringing in from Russia and leaving with headed to Belgium and (now) Japan.


Matt



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User currently offlineEMBQA From United States of America, joined Oct 2003, 9364 posts, RR: 11
Reply 3, posted (10 years 8 months 1 week 4 days 7 hours ago) and read 2805 times:

I don't know.........Maybe Dell Computers...?


"It's not the size of the dog in the fight, but the size of the fight in the dog"
User currently offlineMattbna From United States of America, joined Dec 2003, 316 posts, RR: 7
Reply 4, posted (10 years 8 months 2 days 23 hours ago) and read 2762 times:


It was here again yesterday... Apparently, it is the same 742 each time ("Wilbur Wright")...

I sat out there long enough to catch them unloading a few thousands boxes with a blue Dell "E" on the side of them... Wonder what Dell is bringing in from Russia?

Not sure where it departed to...was too busy to look last night. I know that it left at around 1545-1600 as I had a friend call and inform me that it just shook his house over by Briley and Elm Hill Pike - RWY 31 sends them all right over his place - China Air is his alarm clock in the mornings...

Looks like Paul Robbins (who I hope to run into out on Vultee at some point) got a shot of it the other day...


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Matt


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User currently offlineEMBQA From United States of America, joined Oct 2003, 9364 posts, RR: 11
Reply 5, posted (10 years 8 months 2 days 22 hours ago) and read 2742 times:

Matt-

It was still sitting on the Main Cargo ramp today when I stopped by the hanger to checked to see if my airplane had left.......



"It's not the size of the dog in the fight, but the size of the fight in the dog"
User currently offlinePaulinbna From United States of America, joined Feb 2003, 1114 posts, RR: 5
Reply 6, posted (10 years 8 months 2 days 22 hours ago) and read 2740 times:
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Thank you Matt.....It has come in about 4 times in the last 3 weeks...I was wondering my self what it bought in. Maybe some one else here nows

I emailed the guy tha took it in Russia and he said that he is almost postive that it did not pick any thing in Russia just stopped for fuel.

Paul



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User currently offlinePaulinbna From United States of America, joined Feb 2003, 1114 posts, RR: 5
Reply 7, posted (10 years 8 months 2 days 19 hours ago) and read 2708 times:
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Matt as of 16:30 it was still there




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User currently offlineBNAtraveler From United States of America, joined Dec 2003, 410 posts, RR: 2
Reply 8, posted (10 years 8 months 2 days 19 hours ago) and read 2688 times:
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wow...I live in Nashville and am on the road traveling right now for vacation and WISH I could have been there to see this. It's nice to see a reasonable number of folks here from Nashville--I would have never expected it.

User currently offlineTimeforflight From United States of America, joined Feb 2000, 267 posts, RR: 0
Reply 9, posted (10 years 8 months 2 days 18 hours ago) and read 2670 times:

that's awesome. i work at Smyrna Airport (MQY) as a lineman and have worked several graveyard shifts only to be leaving at 6am with the huge Air China 74 coming in... beautiful plane with the lotus on the tail.

while 2 747s at BNA is impressive, i'd urge you to check out Smyrna every now and then. recently we've had 747s coming in and out (all owned/operated) by Atlas Air for maintenace. it's quite a site to see one touch down 1000 feet into an 8000 foot runway and still be stopped with 2-3 thousand to go...

good luck with the spottings!

isaac


User currently offlineBruce From United States of America, joined May 1999, 5049 posts, RR: 15
Reply 10, posted (10 years 8 months 2 days 18 hours ago) and read 2651 times:

I also visit BNA occasionally. I really wish i could get a Southern and China and also visit MQY but i'd need to find some kind of schedule of when they arrive at Smyrna

BTW, Isaac....that thing on the China tail is a Plum Blossom. The "National Flower" of china. they chose that as the symbol for their country on their planes.

bruce



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User currently offlineEMBQA From United States of America, joined Oct 2003, 9364 posts, RR: 11
Reply 11, posted (10 years 8 months 2 days 18 hours ago) and read 2643 times:

Air China and Southern don't fly into Smyrna..they come into BNA. Air China arrives daily, except Tuesday..(if that still holds true) and normally arrives around 0200-0300 and is gone by 0600, so you'll need to get up very early to see that. Southern Air looks to be arriving non-scheduled as of right now.


"It's not the size of the dog in the fight, but the size of the fight in the dog"
User currently offlineMattbna From United States of America, joined Dec 2003, 316 posts, RR: 7
Reply 12, posted (10 years 8 months 2 days 6 hours ago) and read 2603 times:


As far as the flowers on the tails of the China Air aircraft go... Each one is hand painted at the Boeing plant and each is a little different from all of the others.

Saw this on a show about the Boeing plant on Discovery Wings a while back.


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User currently offlineCritter_592 From United States of America, joined Jun 2000, 279 posts, RR: 0
Reply 13, posted (10 years 8 months 2 days 3 hours ago) and read 2584 times:

hey guys,

I'm from Clarksville. Where do you normally do the spotting at BNA?


User currently offlineEMBQA From United States of America, joined Oct 2003, 9364 posts, RR: 11
Reply 14, posted (10 years 8 months 2 days ago) and read 2547 times:

BNA has a pretty nice viewing area set up just off Vaultee Blvd.....near the old control tower. You have a great look at 2L and 2C, also you can see 33 pretty clearly. It also over looks the cargo ramp and the Embraer hangers. Its open sun up to sun set.


"It's not the size of the dog in the fight, but the size of the fight in the dog"
User currently offlineTimeforflight From United States of America, joined Feb 2000, 267 posts, RR: 0
Reply 15, posted (10 years 8 months 1 day 20 hours ago) and read 2533 times:

33? dont ya mean 31/13?

User currently offlineEMBQA From United States of America, joined Oct 2003, 9364 posts, RR: 11
Reply 16, posted (10 years 8 months 1 day 20 hours ago) and read 2526 times:

Rrrrr.... What's 2 degs anyway...  Big grin

Yes, you are correct..



"It's not the size of the dog in the fight, but the size of the fight in the dog"
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