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Whose The Guy Behind The Name On UA747  
User currently offlineUAL777UK From United Kingdom, joined Nov 2005, 3356 posts, RR: 1
Posted (7 years 2 months 5 days 3 hours ago) and read 2425 times:

I was just looking at some updated pictures on A.Net and noticed a 747 at MEL, sporting the new livery and named Bob Sampson. Can I anybody tell me who this guy is, what the story is here?

Many thanks.

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User currently offlineBMIFlyer From UK - England, joined Feb 2004, 8810 posts, RR: 58
Reply 1, posted (7 years 2 months 5 days 2 hours ago) and read 2411 times:

Hi, he was an attourney at UA. He then become a vice president and eventually special assistant to the company's chairman.  

Sadly he died a while back, the Aircraft was named in his honour....

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User currently offlineGEEDO From United States of America, joined Feb 2004, 366 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (7 years 2 months 4 days 18 hours ago) and read 2114 times:

I've heard the names of long tenured staff who have passed on are painted on some of their fleet. An aquaintence of mine believes her father's name may be one such name, (he had a long career with them) but has always been unsure as to how to find out.

I've always wished I could help her find the right connections. *hint*

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User currently offlineUAL777UK From United Kingdom, joined Nov 2005, 3356 posts, RR: 1
Reply 3, posted (7 years 2 months 4 days 16 hours ago) and read 1986 times:

Thanks for the info guys, much appreciated.

User currently offlineEHHO From Bulgaria, joined Dec 2005, 815 posts, RR: 7
Reply 4, posted (7 years 2 months 4 days 15 hours ago) and read 1913 times:

UA also used to give customers who had accrued a MileagePlus mileage that was too big to redeem, the possibility to exchange it for their name on an aircraft.

B772ER N771UA used to be named "Frank Griffith Customer" in the nineties for example. I think that the contract of naming lasted only for a certain amount of years, probably 5, because on newer pics you can't see the name anymore, even with the old livery still on the plane:

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