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Ex-Lauda 736 At Offutt AFB Today?  
User currently offlineUltimateDelta From United States of America, joined Sep 2007, 2064 posts, RR: 6
Posted (5 years 10 months 3 weeks 5 days 14 hours ago) and read 1646 times:

Hi, everybody. Earlier today I saw an ex-Lauda Air Boeing 737-600 landing at Offutt AFB. A little later my mom and I went on base to have a look at it. We saw that it had no titles on it, except for on the engines. It still had the tail logo and all the rest of the livery. It had an American registration, N7438V. Does nayone have any idea why this plane was here or any info about it? Thanks for anything you have to provide.


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User currently offlineFlynavy From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 1, posted (5 years 10 months 3 weeks 5 days 14 hours ago) and read 1637 times:

The aircraft is leased by the U.S. Navy to train E-6 crews. The E-6's have received upgraded 737NG-style cockpits. IIRC, it is due to be returned to the lessor shortly.

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User currently offlineN328KF From United States of America, joined May 2004, 6482 posts, RR: 3
Reply 2, posted (5 years 10 months 3 weeks 5 days 12 hours ago) and read 1531 times:



Quoting Flynavy (Reply 1):
The aircraft is leased by the U.S. Navy to train E-6 crews. The E-6's have received upgraded 737NG-style cockpits. IIRC, it is due to be returned to the lessor shortly.

Why is it being returned? Is this because the DoD now has a lot of C-40s in inventory? Would the P-8s also be useful for this purpose?



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User currently offlineFlynavy From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 3, posted (5 years 10 months 3 weeks 5 days 5 hours ago) and read 1415 times:



Quoting N328KF (Reply 2):
Why is it being returned?

Unfortunately I don't have that info. I would imagine that the USN now has an E-6B simulator that has been modified with the NG cockpit, thus eliminating the need to this aircraft (but that's all conjecture at this point). I don't have any contacts within the TACAMO community anymore.


User currently offlineOPNLguy From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 4, posted (5 years 10 months 3 weeks 5 days 4 hours ago) and read 1415 times:



Quoting N328KF (Reply 2):
Would the P-8s also be useful for this purpose?

They haven't produced any yet, have they?


User currently offlineFlynavy From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 5, posted (5 years 10 months 3 weeks 5 days 3 hours ago) and read 1415 times:



Quoting OPNLguy (Reply 4):
They haven't produced any yet, have they?

No, not as yet.


User currently offlineKPHXFlyer From United States of America, joined Mar 2008, 413 posts, RR: 1
Reply 6, posted (5 years 10 months 3 weeks 5 days 3 hours ago) and read 1415 times:

I think they've started the flight-test aircraft. Supposedly Spirit shipped the first fuse to Renton in March 08.

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