ASTROJET707 From United States of America, joined Feb 2004, 299 posts, RR: 5 Posted (10 years 10 months 3 weeks 6 days 9 hours ago) and read 3013 times:
On 06/04/04 I was at SAT flying back to DFW and spotted one Saudi MD11 with engines sealed, one DC-10 which appeared to be a former Iberian jet and an all white B742 with G-??VM registration. Can anyone provide information about these aircraft? Thanks.
N243NW From United States of America, joined Jul 2003, 1654 posts, RR: 19
Reply 1, posted (10 years 10 months 3 weeks 6 days 8 hours ago) and read 2995 times:
I have seen all of these aircraft you have described during a recent trip to SAT, but can't figure out what they're all doing there. The MD-11 you described, HZ-HM7, has been a Saudi Arabian royal aircraft, but it seems that by the long time it has been sitting at SAT, it probably isn't a visit from the royal family. Here's a picture of both of the mentioned three-holers:
Mymiles2go From United States of America, joined Nov 2003, 207 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (10 years 10 months 3 weeks 6 days 8 hours ago) and read 2973 times:
SAT has a few heavy maintence facilities for larger aircraft. I believe it's BF Goodrich, but would have to check on that. They have 3 large hangers capable of multiple heavies each. Until recently I flew there every few months and worked in a biz building across the street from the facilities. Always neat to look out my office window and see what they were working on that week.
VectorVictor From United States of America, joined Feb 2005, 0 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (10 years 10 months 3 weeks 6 days 8 hours ago) and read 2961 times:
This is the best info I've got...
The ex Virgin bird came to San Antonio anticipating a paint job to European Air Lines. EAL shuttered operations (from what I understand) so its fate is unknown - probably headed to Arizona/California.
The Saudia Arabian plane is there being outfitted/enhanced for its role with the Saudi Royal flight. This is the same facility that outfitted the Chinese government 767 - full of bugs so say the Chinese.
No word on the Iberia a/c. Probably arrived to be painted for a new operator. San Antonio Aerospace, this facility, has some high profile customers including Southwest, UPS, Delta, NW and many others.
SevenHeavy From United Kingdom, joined Mar 2004, 1164 posts, RR: 9
Reply 7, posted (10 years 10 months 3 weeks 5 days 19 hours ago) and read 2841 times:
Not sure about the others but I think the B742 is G-VRUM. This aircraft has been sitting forlornly in Mojave for a couple of years since being retired by VS. (with the possible exception of a couple of months doing some hadj flying).
I suspect this aircraft will be ferried back to Mojave as it's new owner, European Aviation, has ceased all B747 ops. G-VCAT was also ferried through SAT from MHV a few months ago for the same reasons. I believe she now sits in an all white scheme at LGW, having almost seen revenue service again, only to be let down by her new operator at the last minute - shame