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A Look Back: Rare American Airlines Jets (photos)  
User currently offlineSeptember11 From United States of America, joined May 2004, 3623 posts, RR: 21
Posted (4 years 9 months 1 week 4 days 5 hours ago) and read 22753 times:

I was reviewing old photos of American Airlines and come across these rare photos...

American Airlines MD-90


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Photo © Matt Lave




American Airlines 747SP


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Photo © JetPix




American Airlines 717


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Photo © Bevin Shively




American Airlines 737-200


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Photo © AirNikon Collection-Pima Air and Space Museum




American Airlines 747-100


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Photo © Burger Collection




American Airlines MD-87


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Photo © Ben Wang




American Airlines MD-11


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Photo © Carlos Eduardo Machado de Sousa





Pretty neat! American Airlines has a rich history. Did I miss any other rare American Airline jets?


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User currently offlineDCA-ROCguy From United States of America, joined Apr 2000, 4507 posts, RR: 34
Reply 1, posted (4 years 9 months 1 week 4 days 5 hours ago) and read 22768 times:

American Airlines 737-300


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Inherited from purchase of AirCal. Others can fill in the dates as to when 733's entered and left AA's fleet. I saw an AA 733 in AirCal colors at ORD in July 1987.

Jim



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User currently offlineFxramper From United States of America, joined Dec 2005, 7308 posts, RR: 85
Reply 2, posted (4 years 9 months 1 week 4 days 5 hours ago) and read 22739 times:
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Quoting September11 (Thread starter):
Did I miss any other rare American Airline jets?

Nope; thread over.  Silly





I miss the old Anet.
User currently offlineJMackey From United States of America, joined Apr 2009, 294 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (4 years 9 months 1 week 4 days 5 hours ago) and read 22628 times:

Great Job, September11.

Did the 146 also fly in AA colors ?



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User currently offlineTimz From United States of America, joined Sep 1999, 6867 posts, RR: 7
Reply 4, posted (4 years 9 months 1 week 4 days 5 hours ago) and read 22546 times:



Quoting JMackey (Reply 3):
Did the 146 also fly in AA colors ?

Yes.


User currently offlinePacificF27 From United States of America, joined Jul 2005, 69 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (4 years 9 months 1 week 4 days 5 hours ago) and read 22541 times:
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Great photos.

How about BAC 111s?



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User currently offline413X3 From United States of America, joined Jul 2008, 1983 posts, RR: 0
Reply 6, posted (4 years 9 months 1 week 4 days 5 hours ago) and read 22550 times:

and my favorites, the freighters...


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Photo © John Toomey - Photovation Images



User currently offlineLHR380 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 7, posted (4 years 9 months 1 week 4 days 4 hours ago) and read 22425 times:



Quoting Fxramper (Reply 2):

A321!

When did AA have 321's?


User currently offline413X3 From United States of America, joined Jul 2008, 1983 posts, RR: 0
Reply 8, posted (4 years 9 months 1 week 4 days 4 hours ago) and read 22348 times:

Never, of course. It's a photoshop

User currently offlineMortyman From Norway, joined Aug 2006, 3985 posts, RR: 1
Reply 9, posted (4 years 9 months 1 week 4 days 4 hours ago) and read 22295 times:



Quoting PacificF27 (Reply 5):
Great photos.

How about BAC 111s

I have to agree

The BAC 111

and also the

Bae 146

and

Fokker 100


User currently offlineAmerican 767 From United States of America, joined May 1999, 3866 posts, RR: 12
Reply 10, posted (4 years 9 months 1 week 4 days 4 hours ago) and read 22267 times:
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Quoting 413X3 (Reply 8):
Never, of course. It's a photoshop

Right. American's only Airbus product was the A300. They never flew any other Airbus type.

Here are two more jets considered once as "oddballs" in the fleet:
the BAC-111 and the Convair 990


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User currently offlineLindy Field From United States of America, joined Mar 2001, 3121 posts, RR: 14
Reply 11, posted (4 years 9 months 1 week 4 days 4 hours ago) and read 22246 times:
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Don't forget the Boeing 720s either.

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User currently offlineSeptember11 From United States of America, joined May 2004, 3623 posts, RR: 21
Reply 12, posted (4 years 9 months 1 week 4 days 4 hours ago) and read 22207 times:



Quoting Mortyman (Reply 9):
Fokker 100

What? American ordered 75 Fokker 100s ... Rare? I disagree... Sorry  flamed 



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User currently offlineMortyman From Norway, joined Aug 2006, 3985 posts, RR: 1
Reply 13, posted (4 years 9 months 1 week 4 days 4 hours ago) and read 22188 times:



Quoting September11 (Reply 12):
What? American ordered 75 Fokker 100s ... Rare? I disagree... Sorry

Yes, I guess I ment rare as in unusual. American has used alot of airplanetypes from smaller european manufacturas for some reason...


User currently offlineIrish251 From Ireland, joined Nov 2004, 978 posts, RR: 4
Reply 14, posted (4 years 9 months 1 week 4 days 3 hours ago) and read 22043 times:



Quoting Mortyman (Reply 13):
American has used alot of airplanetypes from smaller european manufacturas for some reason...

Apart from the 1-11 and Fokker 100, what others are there? The 146s were inherited in a takeover, while Airbus is not a small European manufacturer.


User currently offlineMortyman From Norway, joined Aug 2006, 3985 posts, RR: 1
Reply 15, posted (4 years 9 months 1 week 4 days 3 hours ago) and read 21953 times:



Quoting Irish251 (Reply 14):
The 146s were inherited in a takeover

I was'nt aware of that


User currently offlineLVISA From United States of America, joined Jun 2004, 40 posts, RR: 0
Reply 16, posted (4 years 9 months 1 week 4 days 3 hours ago) and read 21824 times:
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Slightly off topic, but rare nevertheless...

http://aerostories.free.fr/appareils/Br941/Br941_02.JPG


http://aerostories.free.fr/appareils/Br941/page2.html


User currently offlineFX1816 From United States of America, joined Mar 2004, 1400 posts, RR: 3
Reply 17, posted (4 years 9 months 1 week 4 days 3 hours ago) and read 21781 times:



Quoting LVISA (Reply 16):
Slightly off topic, but rare nevertheless...

http://aerostories.free.fr/appareils/Br941/Br941_02.JPG


http://aerostories.free.fr/appareils....html

What were those used for, I've never seen them before, kind of neat!!

FX1816


User currently offlineRj111 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 18, posted (4 years 9 months 1 week 4 days 2 hours ago) and read 21653 times:

I wouldn't really call the MD-11 rare. They had 19 and operated them for 10ish years.

The rest are interesting though, and that's a very good photoshop.


User currently offlineLVISA From United States of America, joined Jun 2004, 40 posts, RR: 0
Reply 19, posted (4 years 9 months 1 week 4 days 2 hours ago) and read 21628 times:
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Quoting FX1816 (Reply 17):


Quoting LVISA (Reply 16):
Slightly off topic, but rare nevertheless...

http://aerostories.free.fr/appareils/Br941/Br941_02.JPG


http://aerostories.free.fr/appareils....html

What were those used for, I've never seen them before, kind of neat!!

FX1816

From the article:

"....The goal was to permit Eastern Airlines, American Airlines and the FAA to experiment the 941 under the conditions and requirements of commercial aviation. It was also an occasion to appreciate its use and practicality among the conventional traffic at the large airports..."

I remember seeing it fly a few times with the Eastern colors. It was very neat!


User currently offlineCongaboy From United States of America, joined Jan 2006, 352 posts, RR: 3
Reply 20, posted (4 years 9 months 1 week 4 days 2 hours ago) and read 21542 times:



Quoting LVISA (Reply 16):
Slightly off topic, but rare nevertheless...

http://aerostories.free.fr/appareils...2.JPG

Looks like an approach to Chicago/Meigs Field...I recall there was limited scheduled service there to/from downstate Illinois:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Meigs_Field



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User currently offlineViscount724 From Switzerland, joined Oct 2006, 25626 posts, RR: 22
Reply 21, posted (4 years 9 months 1 week 4 days 2 hours ago) and read 21527 times:



Quoting September11 (Thread starter):
American Airlines 747-100

Why do you consider the 747-100 rare? AA operated at least 16 of them.

Quoting PacificF27 (Reply 5):
How about BAC 111s?

Also not rare. In fact, if memory correct AA's 30 BAC-111s made them the largest original customer for the type. I guess you mean they were rare only because AA didn't keep them very long, none longer than 6 years.


User currently offlineAmerican 767 From United States of America, joined May 1999, 3866 posts, RR: 12
Reply 22, posted (4 years 9 months 1 week 4 days 2 hours ago) and read 21495 times:
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Quoting Irish251 (Reply 14):
Apart from the 1-11 and Fokker 100, what others are there?

American Eagle flew the Saab 340, the Shorts 330/360 and the ATR 42/72. Saab, Shorts and ATR (Aerospatiale of France) are/were small European manufacturers, aren't they? However, Aerospatiale is part of the Airbus Industries consortium.

Ben Soriano



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User currently offlineKELPkid From United States of America, joined Nov 2005, 6407 posts, RR: 3
Reply 23, posted (4 years 9 months 1 week 4 days 2 hours ago) and read 21470 times:

How 'bout 757's with P&W power? Big grin

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Celebrating the birth of KELPkidJR on August 5, 2009 :-)
User currently offlineRampart From United States of America, joined Aug 2005, 3147 posts, RR: 6
Reply 24, posted (4 years 9 months 1 week 4 days 2 hours ago) and read 21457 times:



Quoting LVISA (Reply 16):
Slightly off topic, but rare nevertheless...

http://aerostories.free.fr/appareils...2.JPG

The caption doesn't indicate, is that Chicago? Meigs Field? Grant Park?  Smile I can't tell from the old skyline. Maybe it's Boston??

Quoting Rj111 (Reply 18):
I wouldn't really call the MD-11 rare. They had 19 and operated them for 10ish years.

RIght. Several of these aren't "rare". "Surprising", perhaps, to those who wouldn't suppose. Fokker 100 was mentioned above. Another, the BAC 111 was a good success in the States, with BN, AA, Allegheny, Aloha, and Mohawk operating (not counting later operators). My Len Morgan Airliners of the World in 1965 counted 32 111's in the AA fleet, their 3rd most common type (after 707 and 727). AA in fact had the world's largest fleet of 111's at the time. BN had 13, tied (with 707) for second-most-common type (after 727's). That's a good dent in the modern air fleet of the era, not "rare".

-Rampart


25 Post contains links and images BOACCunard : But other than the Shorts, there is nothing remotely rare/unusual about those types. Neither Aerospatiale nor Airbus Industrie exist any more. ATR is
26 Irish251 : I would regard American Eagle as a separate operation. In any case the types you list were commonly found in the fleets of commuter airlines in the U
27 Post contains links and images Viscount724 : Here's one AA aircraft I do consider rare. Of the 180+ 727s operated by AA, this was the only one with a main-deck cargo door, a 727-100C inherited fr
28 LYChemsa : Flew on the AA 720 in 1966 JFK to LA via Baltimore. IN thise days theyserved steak and cheese cake in economy.
29 BMI727 : Back from the time when STOLports were in vogue....until airlines realized it was a little on the expensive side. I believe that McDonnell Douglas wa
30 Post contains images Viscount724 : Yes, TW inherited one DC-9-33CF from Ozark in 1986 (also their only one). It wsa originally delivered to Overseas National in 1969 and went to Ozark
31 VC10DC10 : I'm not a Chicagoan, but I believe I can spot the Prudential Building (the hulking chunk of Modernism partially hidden by the Breguet's starboard win
32 Post contains links and images ElpinDAB : Although not operated by mainline, I find AE's past usage of the Gulfstream I to be interesting since it was designed as a corporate transport. View L
33 Rampart : I remember early books mentioning it was intended and developed for both, and could seat 30. Grumman had a record in passenger aircraft before (albei
34 Post contains links and images MD80Nut : No one has mentioned the Convair 990! What a sweet looking plane. View Large View MediumPhoto © Burger Collection Cheers, Ralph
35 American 767 : I did. Check reply 10.
36 C133 : In the seventies or eighties American flew a couple of turboprop Convairs in the Carribbean for awhile. If memory serves, the runway was being rebuilt
37 MD80Nut : I did. Check reply 10. Oops! You sure did. My bad, sorry about that. Cheers, Ralph
38 Post contains images Viscount724 : There are a few photos of that AA Convair operation in the Caribbean. It was known as American Inter-Island and used several piston-engined Convair 4
39 Post contains links B777fan : http://aerostories.free.fr/appareils/Br941/Br941_02.JPG You are correct. That is an approach to Meigs. I was unaware of this service. This has to be
40 Post contains links and images Wilax : Here is the 146 everybody was talking about. I flew one once from SFO-LAX View Large View MediumPhoto © Frank C. Duarte Jr. Does anybody remember
41 Thorben : Clearly my favorite. Looked really sexy. Too bad they replaced it with that dull twin jet.
42 Post contains links Rwessel : You're almost certainly correct. I used to work in the building just west of the (old) Prudential building (you see about half of the Doral peeking o
43 Triple7man : AA stands out to me back in the late 60's and early 70's with their 747's, 707's 727's and DC 10's
44 Post contains links and images September11 : How about these American Airlines planes? Stinson A Tri-Motor View Large View MediumPhoto © Suresh A. Atapattu Stinson SM-6000B Tri-Motor (T) Vie
45 Post contains links and images Jalapeno : Don't forget the Fokker 100, a staple here in DFW for a while! View Large View MediumPhoto © Robert M. Campbell
46 Readytotaxi : On which routes did AA operate the 747SP anyone recall?
47 Glideslope : Great thread. Thanks for putting it together.
48 WA707atMSP : The white roofed 747-121 pictured in this message, N743PA, came very close to being destroyed a few hundred yards from where this picture was taken. O
49 Glideslope : Add: I have old 8mm movies from the ConvairLiner and my Grandparents leaving for Germany. Cool memories.
50 American 767 : Mostly DFW-NRT from 1987 untill 1991 when the MD-11 arrived. Once the MD-11 was assigned on the DFW-NRT route, the two SP's were repositioned at JFK
51 Jtamu97 : If memory serves me correctly, the SP was used on Dallas to Tokyo. I did a little research and found it was also used on New York to London.
52 Readytotaxi : Thank you both for that. My time working at LHR 1975-1992 on the Northern perimeter road area made me sure I had seen at least one of them at some ti
53 Tjwgrr : And I had the pleasure of flying on two of them to HNL and back in 1982.
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