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Any Information About This Plane?  
User currently offlineScottieprecord From United States of America, joined Jul 2004, 1363 posts, RR: 11
Posted (9 years 8 months 2 weeks 3 days 4 hours ago) and read 3247 times:


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This plane came to KSAT last fall and underwent maintenance/inspections. I was wondering if anyone had any information on why it's operator changed from Qatar Amiri Flight to Worldwide Aircraft Holding and why it was sent to San Antonio Aerospace (SAA) for this work. This plane, for whatever reason, fascinates me and I'm hoping to learn more about it.

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User currently offlineConcord977 From United States of America, joined Jan 2004, 1261 posts, RR: 26
Reply 1, posted (9 years 8 months 2 weeks 3 days 4 hours ago) and read 3195 times:

This won't be of much help to you, BUT ... this plane was at Love Field in Dallas for over 1 year. It was being refurbed by Associated Air Center. I took a photo of it years ago and I was fascinated with it too.

I was at DAL when it arrived. It had no passengers, but a complete crew of British Airways employees got off, including 9 FA's. I thought that was strange.

SP's are one of my favorites:


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User currently offlineIsitsafenow From United States of America, joined Feb 2004, 4984 posts, RR: 24
Reply 2, posted (9 years 8 months 2 weeks 2 days 18 hours ago) and read 3072 times:

My guess it it belongs to some shek of the middle east.
Next time get the registration. We can track it that way.
safe



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User currently offlineSafetyDude From United States of America, joined Sep 2001, 3795 posts, RR: 15
Reply 3, posted (9 years 8 months 2 weeks 2 days 18 hours ago) and read 3065 times:

According to Jetliners, it was an old Pan Am bird. Former registrations: N539PA and N148UA. Delivered: 1979-04-20.

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-Will



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User currently offlineGreenjet From Ireland, joined Aug 2001, 939 posts, RR: 1
Reply 4, posted (9 years 8 months 2 weeks 2 days 11 hours ago) and read 2904 times:

I saw this aircraft at FLS maintenance in DUB last year. Looks like it goes round the world for refurbishments and maintenance  Smile

User currently offlineScootertrash From United States of America, joined Aug 2001, 569 posts, RR: 9
Reply 5, posted (9 years 8 months 2 weeks 2 days 11 hours ago) and read 2897 times:

I have seen this aircraft in RDU several times. The story I got then was that it belonged to a prince of some sort from Qatar. He is attending college here in the States and was using the SP as his personal conveyance to and from home.

Must be nice!

Scooter


User currently offlineCadmus From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2004, 185 posts, RR: 0
Reply 6, posted (9 years 8 months 2 weeks 1 day 17 hours ago) and read 2710 times:

The inside is well worth a view, as it's got gold taps in the bathrooms and various other luxury fittings.


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User currently offlineFlyssc From France, joined Aug 2003, 7380 posts, RR: 57
Reply 7, posted (9 years 8 months 2 weeks 1 day ago) and read 2524 times:

This aircraft is a Boeing 747SP-21, registered VP-BAT and officially owned by "Worldwide Aircraft Holding"... A company that belongs to the Qatar Gvmt.

It was delivered originally to Pan AM on April 20th 1979 as N539PA "Clipper Blackhawk", then sold to United Airlines on Feb.12th 1986 (N148UA).

It was sold on Nov 16th 1995 to the Qatar Gvmt and became VR-BAT.
It was re-registered VP-BAT on May 14th 1997.



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User currently offlineSolnabo From Sweden, joined Jan 2008, 847 posts, RR: 2
Reply 8, posted (9 years 8 months 2 weeks 23 hours ago) and read 2498 times:

What I´ve seen this 747SP is/was fore hire, rockbands, VIP´s etc.

There was a program when Rolling Stones World Tour (Lick ??) some 100 years ago and the crew flied allover the world with this a/c.

Micke//SE  Big thumbs up



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User currently offlineRdu777 From United States of America, joined Jun 2004, 221 posts, RR: 1
Reply 9, posted (9 years 8 months 2 weeks 18 hours ago) and read 2424 times:

This plane dose visit RDU once a year or so. But it's to bring in the Prince/(whoever it belongs to) family member in for eye operations at Duke Hospital. It comes in once or twice a year. I've been lucky enough to catch it twice. That's why it shows up at RDU.


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User currently offlineCadmus From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2004, 185 posts, RR: 0
Reply 10, posted (9 years 8 months 1 week 5 days 21 hours ago) and read 2307 times:

VP-BAT was on a "D" check in SAT.
It is currently being kept at Bournemouth, England.
On average it does around 100 hours in the air every year.

Current hours & cycles as of 02 Aug: 66159.55 hrs & 9005 cycles.
Cycles since 07 Jan 04 - 9
Hours since 07 Jan 04 - 30



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