Viscount724 From Switzerland, joined Oct 2006, 23180 posts, RR: 23 Reply 1, posted (5 years 7 months 1 day 9 hours ago) and read 4507 times:
Quoting SAN787 (Thread starter): This beautiful 757 arrived in SAN either last night or this morning...couldn't find it in flightaware. Any idea who chartered it, where it came from/where it's going and when? Thanks!!
It was probably carrying their billionaire chairman who has close connections to the Democratic Party.
Yucaipa has a hungry eye for picking out ripe bargains in different industries, but made its name with grocery stores. The investment company forged its reputation as the ultimate grocery shopper, executing a series of grocery chain mergers and acquisitions involving such companies as Fred Meyer, Ralphs, and Jurgensen's that put the company on the supermarket map. The Yucaipa Companies currently owns a stake in SUPERVALU, but sold its interest in Pathmark to A&P in 2007. The company's chairman, billionaire and former grocery store bag boy Ron Burkle, is a prominent Democratic activist and fundraiser.
This aircraft is one of many whose movements are blocked from reporting to services such as FlightAware. Many companies do so - Walmart, Tyson Foods, the company I work for - so that people cannot track where their executives are traveling.
LEEDS19 From United Arab Emirates, joined May 2008, 92 posts, RR: 0 Reply 3, posted (5 years 7 months 12 hours ago) and read 4226 times:
I remember seeing this Aircraft back in the 90s at Luton when it was the private transport for the now Deceased Billionaire Sir James Goldsmith,It was an ex Sterling Airways machine converted so it had built in Airstairs which was unique for a 757 at the time and also had additional fuel tanks giving it a range of around 6000miles.I think it held 56tons of fuel as opposed to around 32tons on a standard 757 if I recall correctly.
LEEDS19 From United Arab Emirates, joined May 2008, 92 posts, RR: 0 Reply 5, posted (5 years 7 months 12 hours ago) and read 4202 times:
Quoting SAN787 (Reply 4): what are airstairs? thanks for the add'l facts, very cool!
Maybe not the term everyone uses but "Built in Passenger stairs", The crew didnt like to use them as they were quite problematic and relatively slow to extend and retract so were rarely used.It was a lot quicker to put drivable steps onto the Aircraft.I only saw them used by Engineers. hope this explains.