Skywatch From United States of America, joined Mar 2005, 923 posts, RR: 5 Posted (10 years 3 months 3 days 11 hours ago) and read 2434 times:
Swiss-registered HB-IGH (DC-87) arrived in SAT in October, and is now filed to fly SAT-AUS. The fligth plans are strange and it has already been delayed, but what was it doing in SAT for three months? I know a few planes have stayed at SAT for maintenance. Was that the case fro BH-IGH? Any pointers on this would be appreciated!
OPNLguy From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 2, posted (10 years 3 months 3 days 11 hours ago) and read 2416 times:
They do alot of heavy MX work at the old Kelly AFB (SKF). Alot of Airborne Express' old DC-8s were parked there for upkeep, so it seems reasonable that HB-IGH was there for a major check of some kind.
The flight plan showing in FlightAware is Seattle-Moscow, which doesn't make much sense if it's in SAT headed for AUS. Coming out of MX, a test hop would be likely, but SKF-SKF would make more sense than SAT-AUS.
YukonTrader From Switzerland, joined May 2005, 207 posts, RR: 6
Reply 3, posted (10 years 3 months 3 days 11 hours ago) and read 2405 times:
MX, and a sharp new coat of paint - according to what a crew member of said Bird told me a few weeks back when we accidentally ended up at the same table in a small airfield coffee shop somewhere in alpine Switzerland...
The DC-8 was actually expected to return to BSL around January 20, so I already started wondering where the heck it was hiding. Thanks for your post about the delay and the imminent SAT - AUS flight, looks like us local spotters here need to go on a closer watch now
Skywatch From United States of America, joined Mar 2005, 923 posts, RR: 5
Reply 4, posted (10 years 3 months 3 days 11 hours ago) and read 2396 times:
Something just occurred to me...the delay is most likely due to the foul weather in the area right now. And yes, it has not been anywhere but SAT since November. It flew from LFSB-KSAT in November.
A test flight is the most likely explanation, becuase I noticed a return flight AUS-SAT is also scheduled.