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Mysterious Boeing 777 In HAM  
User currently offlineVasi From Germany, joined Aug 2000, 192 posts, RR: 0
Posted (8 years 3 months 1 week 2 days 2 hours ago) and read 11746 times:

When I flew to HAM last Friday I saw an N-registered Boeing 777 (guess it was a 200 version) in an all white colour scheme with a boring blue stripe.

They towed the plane from Lufthansa Technic to the edge of RWY 23 where they drove several circles with the push truck (about for 45 minutes).

Does somebody know something about this plane and the reason why the made so many turns (perhaps calibration?????

Thanks!

VASI

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User currently offlineOHLHD From Finland, joined Dec 2004, 3962 posts, RR: 25
Reply 1, posted (8 years 3 months 1 week 2 days 1 hour ago) and read 11558 times:

Could it be this one?

It was the private jet of murderd prime minister of Lebanon Rafik Hariri.


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User currently offlineFlying-Tiger From Germany, joined Aug 1999, 4161 posts, RR: 36
Reply 2, posted (8 years 3 months 1 week 2 days 1 hour ago) and read 11484 times:

Was this bird:


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Didn't see it there 3.5 hours ago when I took off.



Flown: A319/320/321,A332/3,A380,AT4,AT7,B732/3/4/5/7/8,B742/4,B762/763,B772,CR2,CR7,ER4,E70,E75,F50/70,M11,L15,S20
User currently offlineVASI From Germany, joined Aug 2000, 192 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (8 years 3 months 1 week 2 days 1 hour ago) and read 11484 times:

No, it was a broken blue stripe under the windows which went to the tail end.
The blue stripe was also painted in the middle of the rudder + N registered.

Perhaps it was repainted??

Thanks!

VASI


User currently offlineVASI From Germany, joined Aug 2000, 192 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (8 years 3 months 1 week 2 days 1 hour ago) and read 11450 times:

Flying-Tiger: Yes this was the one. Do you know the owner and the reason it was there?

Thanks !

VASI


User currently offlineFlyDeltaJets From United States of America, joined Feb 2006, 1886 posts, RR: 2
Reply 5, posted (8 years 3 months 1 week 2 days ago) and read 11350 times:
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It's owned by Wells Fargo a/c Leasing as to who it is leased to I have no idea.


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User currently offlineLN-MOW From United States of America, joined Jan 2000, 1908 posts, RR: 14
Reply 6, posted (8 years 3 months 1 week 2 days ago) and read 11339 times:

From 777fleetpage:

N777AS 777-24Q/ER GE del 24Nov98

Mid East Jet operates VIP flights under contract and are based in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia.



- I am LN-MOW, and I approve this message.
User currently offlineLonghornmaniac From United States of America, joined Jun 2005, 3312 posts, RR: 45
Reply 7, posted (8 years 3 months 1 week 2 days ago) and read 11259 times:

Would it have anything to do with WC 2006? I can imagine that hoards of mysterious aircraft at German airports wouldn't be unusual during this time.

Cheers,
Cameron


User currently offlineFlying-Tiger From Germany, joined Aug 1999, 4161 posts, RR: 36
Reply 8, posted (8 years 3 months 1 week 2 days ago) and read 11238 times:

You can see it on the ramp in Hamburg. Today at 11:30 there were 1 BBJ, 1 BBJ2 and 2 G-V, which is already a bit. But the 777-200 was at Lufthansa Technik, so I assume it was there just for some regular maintenance (doesn't exclude that this was coupled with somebody being brought to the World Cup).


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User currently offlineA342 From Germany, joined Jul 2005, 4683 posts, RR: 3
Reply 9, posted (8 years 3 months 1 week 1 day 18 hours ago) and read 10834 times:

IIRC LHT is a subcontractor (for Hawker Pacific ?) for overhauling 777 landing gears. This might explain the circles, probably to test the landing gear.


Exceptions confirm the rule.
User currently offlineDjw030468 From United States of America, joined Aug 2005, 50 posts, RR: 0
Reply 10, posted (8 years 3 months 1 week 1 day 16 hours ago) and read 10639 times:

I believe it in use by Saad Hariri's Lebanese government. I have only seen it once in Beirut, but I know it's been spotted there more frequently of late due to his return to the country.

http://www.airliners.net/open.file/0165844/M/


User currently offlineLHR777 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 11, posted (8 years 3 months 1 week 1 day 5 hours ago) and read 5672 times:

Quoting Djw030468 (Reply 10):
I believe it in use by Saad Hariri's Lebanese government. I have only seen it once in Beirut, but I know it's been spotted there more frequently of late due to his return to the country.

VP-BRH is, which is the aircraft seen in the top picture in this thread - however, the aircraft in question is N777AS and was the aircraft seen in Hamburg.


User currently offlineBBJII From United Kingdom, joined Jul 2005, 850 posts, RR: 4
Reply 12, posted (8 years 3 months 1 week 1 day 3 hours ago) and read 4941 times:

Quoting Djw030468 (Reply 10):
I believe it in use by Saad Hariri's Lebanese government

It's Mine.....

Operted by Mideast Jet...Captain David Thomas
Head Office: Jeddah
Based:Bournmouth Capt Thomas hometown.


Operated from IAD for the WC with American VIP's. Sceduled MX was due on the main Bogeys..

Fitted in nicely, with trip to FRA.

 wave 



Remember: The Bird Hit You, You Didn't Hit The Bird.....
User currently offlineZakHH From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 13, posted (8 years 3 months 1 week 1 day 3 hours ago) and read 4914 times:

Talking about HAM: I lay awake in the night from sun 25 to mon 26 June due to a thunderstorm. At approx. 01:33am, I noticed a rather large plane flying away from HAM airport southwards.

I live south of the airport, between Underground stations Wartenau and Ritterstrasse. It is not unusual to see approaching planes passing east of our garden, towards rwy 033. But it would be unusual to see them starting in that direction, especially at 01:33, in the middle of a thunderstorm.

Of course, I was not able to identify the a/c through the curtains. Looked big, though, probably widebody. Does anybody have an idea who that was?


User currently offlinePanHAM From Germany, joined May 2005, 9437 posts, RR: 30
Reply 14, posted (8 years 3 months 1 week 1 day 3 hours ago) and read 4776 times:

Well,I sure hope the CIA does not have anything to do with that. But who else could override the night curfew, especially since there no mailflights Sun/Mon.

 Cool



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User currently offlineF22KA From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 15, posted (8 years 3 months 1 week 1 day 3 hours ago) and read 4652 times:

OOOps... Moderator!!! I see irrelevant comments here... Please take immediate action.

User currently offlineZakHH From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 16, posted (8 years 3 months 1 week 1 day 3 hours ago) and read 4597 times:

Quoting PanHAM (Reply 14):
Well,I sure hope the CIA does not have anything to do with that.

My first thought, too...  Wink

What also seemed unusual: even though it was heading away from the airport, it was still quite low. I would guess that a starting plane should have been higher already at that point. Did someone divert into HAM that night, and maybe had to perform a go-around due to the thunderstorm?


User currently offlineHAWK21M From India, joined Jan 2001, 31684 posts, RR: 56
Reply 17, posted (8 years 3 months 1 week 1 day 3 hours ago) and read 4514 times:

Quoting Vasi (Thread starter):
Does somebody know something about this plane and the reason why the made so many turns (perhaps calibration

Probably Compass Swinging in progress.
regds
MEL



Think of the brighter side!
User currently offlineF22KA From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 18, posted (8 years 3 months 1 week 1 day 3 hours ago) and read 4416 times:

Moderator!!! You must be .... me.

Come on, say it. The mysterious CIA plane(s) were on route to/from Romania.


DISGUSTING!!!


User currently offlineZakHH From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 19, posted (8 years 3 months 1 week 1 day 2 hours ago) and read 4166 times:

F22KA: Whatever your problem is, I'm afraid the moderator is not whom you should see about it.

User currently offlineRevelation From United States of America, joined Feb 2005, 12589 posts, RR: 25
Reply 20, posted (8 years 3 months 1 week 1 day 2 hours ago) and read 4153 times:

Seems like she visits HAM from time to time:


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User currently offlineGlareskin From Netherlands, joined Jun 2005, 1307 posts, RR: 1
Reply 21, posted (8 years 3 months 1 week 1 day 1 hour ago) and read 4116 times:

Quoting Revelation (Reply 20):
Seems like she visits HAM from time to time

Probably a regular VIP Reeperbahn tourist.....



There's still a long way to go before all the alliances deserve a star...
User currently offlinePanHAM From Germany, joined May 2005, 9437 posts, RR: 30
Reply 22, posted (8 years 3 months 1 week 1 day ago) and read 4010 times:

Quoting F22KA (Reply 15):
OOOps... Moderator!!! I see irrelevant comments here... Please take immediate action.

Why do you get so nervous on a sarcastic remark? I could not care less who and what flies over my country and I made this joke bvecause of all the fuss made around that theme. But I do not want to open this can of worms, so usually if a plane flies/takes off during curfew times it must be one of the few exemptions, and that is usually Government/head of state of MEDEVAC. The VIP Reeperbahn tourist would rather go to AMS these days so that is ruled out but we have a soccer championship in the country, so it might have been Roman Abramovich in his private 767.



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User currently offlineVASI From Germany, joined Aug 2000, 192 posts, RR: 0
Reply 23, posted (8 years 3 months 1 week 1 day ago) and read 3975 times:

Are the main boogies of the B777 steerable by some degrees?

Thanks!

VASI


User currently offlineTristarsteve From Sweden, joined Nov 2005, 4015 posts, RR: 34
Reply 24, posted (8 years 3 months 1 week 20 hours ago) and read 3790 times:

Quoting VASI (Reply 23):
Are the main boogies of the B777 steerable by some degrees?

Yes, the rear pair of wheels are steered, but it is hardly noticeable. They turn about 7deg each way.


25 Post contains images Lredlefsen : I flew out of HAM on the morning of June 24, and noticed a Bahrain Govt 747-400 at LH Technik. Maybe that's what you heard? I think it was this one,
26 Dba4U : N777AS is with LHT at HAM since at least half a year, if not longer, nobody really knows what shes doing here tough. In a local aviation forum it's al
27 Lufthansi : I once worked at N777AS. The crew is very friendly and the interiour... My oh my. I see her at HAM or in Paris very often. The best thing: I have the
28 A342 : On a 777 ?
29 TristarSteve : He means flying engineer. Most big private jets carry a mechanic on board.
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