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Former UA DC-10 At EWR @4PM  
User currently offlineLemurs From United States of America, joined Mar 2005, 1439 posts, RR: 4
Posted (8 years 4 months 2 weeks 6 days 4 hours ago) and read 4185 times:

Was sitting on the taxiway, waiting to cross the active departure runway when I watched a DC-10 come in to land. It was in the old UA paint scheme (grey and blue one) but was entirely debadged, and looking pretty ratty. Did someone pick it up recently? I was so shocked I didn't think to grab the tail number and then it was gone.  Sad

Interesting side note: A 747SP came in behind me, but I didn't recognize the livery. It was white, with a red cheat line, and two red stripes up the vert stab, one of which were words that I couldn't read from where I was. Two great opportunities, no good pictures! ARGH!


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User currently offlineCorey07850 From United States of America, joined Feb 2004, 2525 posts, RR: 5
Reply 1, posted (8 years 4 months 2 weeks 6 days 4 hours ago) and read 4171 times:

Quoting Lemurs (Thread starter):
Was sitting on the taxiway, waiting to cross the active departure runway when I watched a DC-10 come in to land. It was in the old UA paint scheme (grey and blue one) but was entirely debadged, and looking pretty ratty. Did someone pick it up recently? I was so shocked I didn't think to grab the tail number and then it was gone. Sad

I believe this is a FedEx bird... probably heading over to their ramp on the SE side of the airport


User currently offlineWestWing From United States of America, joined Feb 2005, 2125 posts, RR: 7
Reply 2, posted (8 years 4 months 2 weeks 6 days 4 hours ago) and read 4154 times:

Many ex-UA DC-10s went to FedEx to be converted for freighter operation. In fact I think some got the upgraded MD-10 flight deck. I thought they were all painted in FedEx colors by now, though.

(EDIT) There was a a FedEx DC10 flight from SJC that landed at around that time.

[Edited 2005-12-01 02:40:35]


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User currently offlineSymphonik From United States of America, joined Sep 2005, 154 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (8 years 4 months 2 weeks 6 days 4 hours ago) and read 4135 times:

The old United plane is a FedEx inbound from the west coast, I believe. That particular flight is always a DC10, though I don't think it's always the same DC10.

As for the 747, is it possible it was Air India? They had a flight inbound from CDG today, and have a reddish scheme about them.


User currently offlineUnited_Fan From United States of America, joined Nov 2000, 7383 posts, RR: 8
Reply 4, posted (8 years 4 months 2 weeks 6 days 4 hours ago) and read 4131 times:

Look familiar ?

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Airline Federal Express
Flight Number 3012
Departure City (Airport) San Jose, CA (SJC)
Departure Time 11/30/2005 08:40 AM
Arrival City (Airport) Newark, NJ (EWR)
Arrival Time 11/30/2005 04:11 PM
Remaining Flight Time 00:00
Aircraft Type McDonnell Douglas DC-10 (all series)
Current Altitude 0 feet
Current Groundspeed 0 mph
Flight Status Arrived



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User currently onlineLegacyins From United States of America, joined Aug 2003, 2022 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (8 years 4 months 2 weeks 6 days 4 hours ago) and read 4126 times:

I saw this same aircaft at SJC this morning around 7:30


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User currently offlineUnited_Fan From United States of America, joined Nov 2000, 7383 posts, RR: 8
Reply 6, posted (8 years 4 months 2 weeks 6 days 4 hours ago) and read 4117 times:

Your 747 ?

Airline Air India
Flight Number 191
Departure City (Airport) Paris, France (LFPG)
Departure Time 11/30/2005 02:45 PM
Arrival City (Airport) Newark, NJ (EWR)
Arrival Time 11/30/2005 04:06 PM
Remaining Flight Time 00:00
Aircraft Type Boeing 747-400
Current Altitude 0 feet
Current Groundspeed 0 mph
Flight Status Arrived



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User currently offlineSymphonik From United States of America, joined Sep 2005, 154 posts, RR: 0
Reply 7, posted (8 years 4 months 2 weeks 6 days 4 hours ago) and read 4112 times:

Yeah, in fact, you say one of the tail lines was text—that's definitely AI 191.

User currently offlineLemurs From United States of America, joined Mar 2005, 1439 posts, RR: 4
Reply 8, posted (8 years 4 months 2 weeks 6 days 4 hours ago) and read 4092 times:

Quoting United_Fan (Reply 4):

Yup, that's the one. How long has it been with them now? When the heck are they gonna repaint it too, that thing looks horrible.

I did think to myself it looked like the AI scheme, but the whole airplane looked squashed, and it didn't look like the 744 hump at all...but then I was craning my neck around at an absurd angle to see this stuff, since the landing runway was obviously behind me at this point and I was buckled in. I was also watching a CO 772 depart in front of me at the same time. Not a bad day to be standing between runways for 15 minutes.



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User currently offlineAsstChiefMark From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 9, posted (8 years 4 months 2 weeks 6 days 4 hours ago) and read 4049 times:

I've seen this ugly hodge-podge land every time I've been spotting at MSP. It seems FedEx has rebuilt this thing using whatever parts were lying around the shop.


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Same one?

Mark


User currently offlineSymphonik From United States of America, joined Sep 2005, 154 posts, RR: 0
Reply 10, posted (8 years 4 months 2 weeks 6 days 4 hours ago) and read 4040 times:

Wow. That is an ugly plane!  boggled 

User currently offlineUnited_Fan From United States of America, joined Nov 2000, 7383 posts, RR: 8
Reply 11, posted (8 years 4 months 2 weeks 6 days 4 hours ago) and read 4017 times:

It's ugly,but FX makes money and boxes don't care  Smile


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User currently offlineLemurs From United States of America, joined Mar 2005, 1439 posts, RR: 4
Reply 12, posted (8 years 4 months 2 weeks 6 days 4 hours ago) and read 4003 times:

It must kind of irk UA. It's very recognizable as their paint scheme, even without the logos. Most airlines like their airplanes to be big flying billboards. This one makes them look pretty cheap.


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User currently offlineRedFlyer From United States of America, joined Feb 2005, 4252 posts, RR: 29
Reply 13, posted (8 years 4 months 2 weeks 6 days 3 hours ago) and read 3985 times:

Quoting Lemurs (Reply 12):
Most airlines like their airplanes to be big flying billboards.

Which begs the question: why hasn't FedEx put their livery on this old gal? When will they eventually get around to it?



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User currently offlineMD90fan From Bahamas, joined Jul 2005, 2931 posts, RR: 7
Reply 14, posted (8 years 4 months 2 weeks 6 days 3 hours ago) and read 3984 times:

Quoting Symphonik (Reply 10):
Wow. That is an ugly plane!

I know  Sad

Quoting AsstChiefMark (Reply 9):
I've seen this ugly hodge-podge land every time I've been spotting at MSP. It seems FedEx has rebuilt this thing using whatever parts were lying around the shop.

Like the white nosecone and engine paint?



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User currently offlineTornado82 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 15, posted (8 years 4 months 2 weeks 6 days ago) and read 3871 times:

Quoting RedFlyer (Reply 13):
Which begs the question: why hasn't FedEx put their livery on this old gal? When will they eventually get around to it?

Holiday rush maybe? Had to get her in the air ASAP, and worry about the paint in January possibly? Just a suggestion.


User currently offlineDLKAPA From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 16, posted (8 years 4 months 2 weeks 6 days ago) and read 3856 times:

Ok we seriously need the rotations of that thing.

User currently offlineOrdpark From United States of America, joined Nov 2003, 565 posts, RR: 1
Reply 17, posted (8 years 4 months 2 weeks 6 days ago) and read 3851 times:
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Any chance the 747 was Kalitta aircraft? although they don't operate the SP...

User currently offlineEWRATC From United States of America, joined Sep 2005, 48 posts, RR: 0
Reply 18, posted (8 years 4 months 2 weeks 5 days 13 hours ago) and read 3729 times:

It was kalitta and it is probably an old 741


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User currently offlineBigOrange From United States of America, joined Apr 2004, 2362 posts, RR: 3
Reply 19, posted (8 years 4 months 2 weeks 5 days 12 hours ago) and read 3704 times:

Quoting RedFlyer (Reply 13):

Which begs the question: why hasn't FedEx put their livery on this old gal? When will they eventually get around to it?

It's been flying around like this for at least a year, so there's obviously no rush to paint it.

In July there was a Swiss MD-11 in the FedEx maintenance area at LAX, still in full Swiss c/s but with a US registration. Is this still flying round in Swiss colors or has it been repainted?


User currently offlineN685FE From United States of America, joined Dec 2003, 451 posts, RR: 11
Reply 20, posted (8 years 4 months 2 weeks 5 days 6 hours ago) and read 3538 times:

As for the DC10 in UA c/s, there are two. They are leased, originally they were going to be purchased but the leasor would not pay for the t/r upgrade. So FX told them that they were no longer interested in purchasing them. Since then the leasor has agreed to pay for the upgrade but FX has not changed their mind, yet.

The Swiss MD11's, there were a couple of them flying around not painted yet, about two or three weeks ago there were scheduled for paint. I didn't get a change to see them in the Swiss c/s, only after they were painted. About two weeks ago there was a new ( to us ) MD11 flying around, N577FE, an ex-Mandarin a/c unpainted. I can check when I return to work if it has been painted yet and where the ex-UA DC10's are if anybody is interested.



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User currently offlineChazzerguy From United States of America, joined Jun 2002, 277 posts, RR: 2
Reply 21, posted (8 years 4 months 2 weeks 4 days 13 hours ago) and read 3410 times:

Not sure what you saw was an SP... There are a few VIP SPs with red cheatlines, but not with red stripes up the vert stab as you describe...


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Any of those possibly it?


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