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AA 757: STL-MHT-VCV  
User currently offlineChrisNH From United States of America, joined Jun 1999, 4165 posts, RR: 2
Posted (8 years 8 months 4 days 1 hour ago) and read 3716 times:

AA doesn't serve Manchester, NH (MHT) and likely never will, so these flights on Saturday--an American Airlines 757--are a curiosity:

AA 9737: St. Louis to Manchester, NH
AA 9476: Manchester to Victorville, CA

This week is New Hampshire school vacation week, so we had a handful of unusual and uncommon mainliners carrying charter groups to one place or another. But I cannot fathom why a tour group would be headed out to VCV.

Does anyone from AA have any idea what this was all about?

Thanks!

Chris in NH

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User currently offlineMaartenV From Netherlands, joined Aug 2005, 271 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (8 years 8 months 4 days 1 hour ago) and read 3701 times:

Quoting ChrisNH (Thread starter):

AA 9737: St. Louis to Manchester, NH
AA 9476: Manchester to Victorville, CA

Are these regular flights numbers, or ferry/charter flight numbers.
Was it possibly an ex-TWA 757, then its probably at the end of its lease and being returned to the owner who will park in the desert until they find a new operator.

That still doesn't explain its stop in MHT though...



Its all about supply and demand...
User currently offlineChrisNH From United States of America, joined Jun 1999, 4165 posts, RR: 2
Reply 2, posted (8 years 8 months 4 days ago) and read 3619 times:

Quoting MaartenV (Reply 1):
That still doesn't explain its stop in MHT though...

No, it really doesn't. Someone replied via e-mail that they thought it was a military charter. While I was at MHT that same morning (two hours earlier) I saw a Champion Air 727-200 (N697CA) across the field from the terminal at Wiggins Aviation. In front of the building I saw two buses from which troops were disembarking. This plane, according to FlightAware, went MHT to Oklahoma City (more fuel, obviously) and then on to VCV itself. So I would tend to believe the military charter theory. Maybe some highly secretive desert training...Hmmmm?

Chris in NH


User currently offlineMaartenV From Netherlands, joined Aug 2005, 271 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (8 years 8 months 4 days ago) and read 3589 times:

I was definitely wrong about the airplane being stored at VCV, since it has left VCV, according to Flightaware, as flight 9738, to Miami, on Saturday.

Since more planes came in during the weekend from airlines like World, ATA, and Champion, I assume that it was indeed a military charter. I don't know if it was highly secretive, because using commercial airports and an airline like American to carry troops to a highly secretive training, wouldn't be the way I'd do it. But I have no knowledge about how the US Army or Air Force work, so I might be totally wrong.



Its all about supply and demand...
User currently offlineSCXmechanic From United States of America, joined Dec 1999, 534 posts, RR: 1
Reply 4, posted (8 years 8 months 3 days 22 hours ago) and read 3451 times:

No secret at all... The national training facility isn't far from VCV and thats where the US sends troops to train for war...

I used to work for an airline that flew in and out of there quite often with both DC-10s and 727s hauling troops in and out. They usually stayed about 2 weeks I think and then we would come back in and take them back to their regular bases..


User currently offlinePositiverate From United States of America, joined May 2005, 1590 posts, RR: 8
Reply 5, posted (8 years 8 months 3 days 19 hours ago) and read 3326 times:

Quoting SCXmechanic (Reply 4):
No secret at all... The national training facility isn't far from VCV and thats where the US sends troops to train for war...

Not too long ago I flew on a DL 764 from LAS to ATL that was ferried in to LAS from VCV, where they had just dropped off some troops. From what the agent at LAS was telling me it happens fairly often.


User currently offlineMtnWest1979 From United States of America, joined Nov 2005, 2485 posts, RR: 1
Reply 6, posted (8 years 8 months 3 days 15 hours ago) and read 3210 times:
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Had two (that I saw) charters from BOI to VCV on Sat 4/22. One WN 737 and one Sierra Pacific 737-200. Full of military folks going for trng.


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User currently offlineN1120A From United States of America, joined Dec 2003, 26815 posts, RR: 75
Reply 7, posted (8 years 8 months 3 days 15 hours ago) and read 3194 times:

Quoting ChrisNH (Reply 2):
This plane, according to FlightAware, went MHT to Oklahoma City (more fuel, obviously) and then on to VCV itself.

Why would they need more fuel? That plane can easily make MHT-VCV.



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