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Yellow Tail And Blue Wingtip 737-800?  
User currently offlineH. Simpson From United States of America, joined Mar 2001, 949 posts, RR: 3
Posted (6 years 3 months 1 day 14 hours ago) and read 3364 times:

Just saw this beauty flying over my house near LGA at 37,000 feet. Any idea who that might be? It has a yellow tail, white fuselage and a large blue wingtip that resembles a 737-800.

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User currently offlineNASCARAirforce From United States of America, joined Feb 2005, 3178 posts, RR: 4
Reply 1, posted (6 years 3 months 1 day ago) and read 3041 times:



Quoting H. Simpson (Thread starter):
Just saw this beauty flying over my house near LGA at 37,000 feet. Any idea who that might be? It has a yellow tail, white fuselage and a large blue wingtip that resembles a 737-800.

How could you tell at 37,000 ft?


User currently offlinePhilb From Ireland, joined May 1999, 2915 posts, RR: 13
Reply 2, posted (6 years 3 months 23 hours ago) and read 2996 times:



Quoting NASCARAirforce (Reply 2):
How could you tell at 37,000 ft?

Binoculars, telescope or even Mk 1 eyeball on a clear day


User currently offlineYellowtail From United States of America, joined Jun 2005, 6039 posts, RR: 2
Reply 3, posted (6 years 3 months 23 hours ago) and read 2985 times:

hey you can't use my user name in a title without permission and the appropriate deposit into my offshore bank account  bigthumbsup 

I thought for a second I had won a 738!



When in doubt, hold on to your altitude. No-one has ever collided with the sky.
User currently offlineOlympus69 From Canada, joined Jun 2002, 1737 posts, RR: 7
Reply 4, posted (6 years 3 months 20 hours ago) and read 2871 times:



Quoting NASCARAirforce (Reply 2):
How could you tell at 37,000 ft?



Quoting Philb (Reply 3):
Binoculars, telescope or even Mk 1 eyeball on a clear day

I doubt if anyone could identify a wingtip seven miles away well enough, with the naked eye, to say it resembled a 737-800. Also, if you knew it was at 37,000 feet you must have heard it on the radio - so how come you didn't get its call-sign?


User currently offlinePhilb From Ireland, joined May 1999, 2915 posts, RR: 13
Reply 5, posted (6 years 3 months 20 hours ago) and read 2844 times:



Quoting Olympus69 (Reply 5):
Quoting Philb (Reply 3):
Binoculars, telescope or even Mk 1 eyeball on a clear day

I doubt if anyone could identify a wingtip seven miles away well enough, with the naked eye, to say it resembled a 737-800.[/quote
I was replying to the whole sentence:

][quote=NASCARAirforce,reply=2]It has a yellow tail, white fuselage and a large blue wingtip that resembles a 737-800.

but the winglets on a 737 are very tall and distinctive. I can eyeball a 737 with winglets and identify the generic type at altitude, but then I was trained by The UK Air Training Corps, have been watching flyovers for over 50 years and have won many recognition contests over the same period.


User currently offlinePnwtraveler From Canada, joined Jun 2007, 2225 posts, RR: 12
Reply 6, posted (6 years 3 months 20 hours ago) and read 2834 times:

Check out Sunwing Vacations - orangish but might appear yellow. Or maybe Caribbean Airways in the right light the lime green bird on the tail may look yellowish. Both could fly over your area on their way south to the sun destinations.

User currently offlineCHQIAH From United States of America, joined Apr 2008, 71 posts, RR: 0
Reply 7, posted (6 years 3 months 16 hours ago) and read 2700 times:

Was this it?

http://www.airliners.net/photo/TUIfl...93&prev_id=1282905&next_id=1281240



If you fly fast enough, the sun never sets
User currently offlineH. Simpson From United States of America, joined Mar 2001, 949 posts, RR: 3
Reply 8, posted (6 years 3 months 13 hours ago) and read 2583 times:

It looks very similar, but why in the world would this plane make it's trip in the states is beyond me.

To answer some of the questions, yes the 737WL version is quite easy to tell, especially with bright winglets. A320 winglets are much much smaller from a distance and it is very hard to tell unless there's very distinct color.


User currently offlineSXDFC From United States of America, joined Dec 2007, 2296 posts, RR: 19
Reply 9, posted (6 years 3 months 13 hours ago) and read 2557 times:



Quoting H. Simpson (Reply 8):
It looks very similar, but why in the world would this plane make it's trip in the states is beyond me.

It could be on a Delivery flight from Boeing? I am sure the BFI spotters, would know if any of those colored planes have been recently finished at BFI or not.



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User currently offlineCHQIAH From United States of America, joined Apr 2008, 71 posts, RR: 0
Reply 10, posted (6 years 3 months 13 hours ago) and read 2548 times:



Quoting H. Simpson (Reply 8):
It looks very similar, but why in the world would this plane make it's trip in the states is beyond me.

Well it's not impossible for that to happen. KLM does flight into IAH with the 737, not sure when/if it's in their own livery though.



If you fly fast enough, the sun never sets
User currently offlineCHQIAH From United States of America, joined Apr 2008, 71 posts, RR: 0
Reply 11, posted (6 years 3 months 12 hours ago) and read 2542 times:



Quoting H. Simpson (Reply 8):
A320 winglets are much much smaller from a distance and it is very hard to tell unless there's very distinct color.

And yes you are right, this is a world of a difference between the 73 and the -320 winglets visually.



If you fly fast enough, the sun never sets
User currently offlineOlympus69 From Canada, joined Jun 2002, 1737 posts, RR: 7
Reply 12, posted (6 years 2 months 4 weeks 1 day 13 hours ago) and read 2371 times:



Quoting Philb (Reply 5):
I was trained by The UK Air Training Corps, have been watching flyovers for over 50 years and have won many recognition contests over the same period.

You must be nearly as old as me then  Smile I was actually paid to spot aeroplanes during WW2. I was in the UK's Royal Observer Corps in the latter part of 1944.


User currently offlinePhilb From Ireland, joined May 1999, 2915 posts, RR: 13
Reply 13, posted (6 years 2 months 4 weeks 19 hours ago) and read 2175 times:



Quoting Olympus69 (Reply 12):
You must be nearly as old as me then

Not quite - 61 this year and we didn't get paid! We were just told to get on with it as we may need the knowledge to back up the Royal Observer Corps in the event of war.


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