Kdeg00 From United States of America, joined Dec 2004, 145 posts, RR: 0 Reply 3, posted (4 years 6 months 1 day 16 hours ago) and read 4215 times:
I did a quick photo search to see if I could trip up what I remember, but I am going to go out on a limb and suggest that the -200s didn't get repainted into the blue/grey scheme. Please correct me if I'm wrong and I will double check with a retired UA 747 pilot friend whose memory and knowledge are far better than mine.
MSPNWA From United States of America, joined Apr 2009, 1728 posts, RR: 3 Reply 5, posted (4 years 6 months 1 day 16 hours ago) and read 4122 times:
I'd say it's very likely that it was a -200. I pulled up four random spring 1998 dates on the BTS website, and all of them showed flight 52 operated by a 742, ex-Qantas examples to be precise. If you knew the exact date, we could identify the exact plane you flew on. But I assume you do not know that information based on your initial criteria. Is that correct? Either way it looks you flew a -200.
Viscount724 From Switzerland, joined Oct 2006, 23169 posts, RR: 23 Reply 8, posted (4 years 6 months 1 day 15 hours ago) and read 4024 times:
In addition to the 7 ex-QF -200s built in the mid-1970s, UA also took delivery of 2 new -200s in March and April 1987. They were among the last 7 all-passenger 747-200s delivered. Both were sold to NW in 2000 and converted to freighters. I think they're both still with NW, although probably not for much longer as DL recently announced that the all-cargo operation was being shut down.
MSPNWA From United States of America, joined Apr 2009, 1728 posts, RR: 3 Reply 12, posted (4 years 6 months 1 day 11 hours ago) and read 3695 times:
Quoting N53614 (Reply 9): Thanks everyone, I really appreciate the assistance with this.
MSPNWA, the flight happened in April of 1998.
Again, I really appreciate the info!
Every little piece of info helps. I checked all 30 days in April 1998, and flight 52 was flown 23 times by a -200 (all ex-Qantas), 4 times by a -400, and 3 times by a -100. So it could have been a -100 too. All 3 with a -100 were flown in the middle of the month. I know a couple of 741s were painted into the gray UA colors, so it could be either classic with the info we have.
Quoting Viscount724 (Reply 8): I think they're both still with NW, although probably not for much longer as DL recently announced that the all-cargo operation was being shut down.
They sure are, but I think N645NW is stored. N646NW was active last time I checked. They're both part of the uncommon group of younger classic 747s that did not have the wingtip antennae. I saw one of those two and many more of the NW cargo 747s in Anchorage back in 2006. Sadly that was probably the last time I will see them up close.
Cross757 From United States of America, joined Jun 2007, 197 posts, RR: 0 Reply 13, posted (4 years 6 months 21 hours ago) and read 2903 times:
I apologize if this is against a-net forum protocol, and I'm not to hijack N53614's thread, but I have also been wondering about the type/reg of a UA 747 flight I was on in 1993 on a summer trip to London from ABQ. After reading the responses here it seems that someone might be able to give me an answer, too. MSPNWA, perhaps you might be able to tell me?
The specific date was 10 June 1993 from IAD-LHR. I believe the flight number was 918 or 921 (or something close). I'm also positive it was a "classic" (I sat just over the leading edge of the wing and there were no winglets), and I saw the 747 at the gate from a few gates over as we pulled in on my inbound connecting flight from DEN (Stapleton) and I know it was in the "old" (non-stealth) colors. If it helps, the flight left IAD around 1900 local time and arrived at LHR about 0630 the next morning. My flight home was on 25 June from LHR to SFO on a UA 747SP (I realize now how fortunate I was to fly on one because I don't think UA kept them around much longer). It was in the old colors as well.
By the way N53614, how did you enjoy the flight?
Thanks, and again I apologize if I broke any rules here...