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United 737 (100 Or 200) At SAT  
User currently offlinedalalways From United States of America, joined Dec 2009, 97 posts, RR: 0
Posted (3 years 3 months 2 weeks 4 days 9 hours ago) and read 6089 times:

Hey guys I landed at SAT yesterday and saw a United 737 Battleship Gray livery, parked by the hangars with title and logos removed. I was wondering if anyone knew why it was there? Possibly for fire fighting training? Any help would be appreciated. Have a good day!

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User currently offlineBWI5OH From United States of America, joined Apr 2007, 161 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (3 years 3 months 2 weeks 4 days 8 hours ago) and read 6062 times:

dalalways...I saw that on arrival into SAT yesterday as well. You beat me to the post!! To answer your question...I haven't the foggiest idea. 


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User currently offlinekgaiflyer From United States of America, joined Jul 2008, 4282 posts, RR: 1
Reply 2, posted (3 years 3 months 2 weeks 4 days 6 hours ago) and read 5821 times:
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A UA 732?

Personally, I haven't flown on one since 1998. The purpose they served is now served by CR-7s.

Possibly going to 5T ? I know the old 732s work well on unpaved runways


User currently offlinen7371f From United States of America, joined Jul 2008, 1734 posts, RR: 11
Reply 3, posted (3 years 3 months 2 weeks 4 days 3 hours ago) and read 5581 times:
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It's been there for quite some time. Saw it in 2008. It's a 737-291A model (ex Frontier).

User currently offlineBrick From United States of America, joined Aug 1999, 1585 posts, RR: 7
Reply 4, posted (3 years 3 months 2 weeks 3 days 23 hours ago) and read 5330 times:

It is a Boeing 737-291(A) with a registration of N993UA.


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User currently offlineUnited_fan From United States of America, joined Nov 2000, 7496 posts, RR: 7
Reply 5, posted (3 years 3 months 2 weeks 3 days 14 hours ago) and read 5100 times:

UA never had 737-100's,and the ones retired en-mass Oct 30,2001 were all ex-Frontier -291Adv.


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User currently offlineBoeingGuy From United States of America, joined Dec 2010, 3075 posts, RR: 7
Reply 6, posted (3 years 3 months 2 weeks 3 days 9 hours ago) and read 4104 times:

There also aren't any 737-100s left flying. AFAIK, the only 737-100 air frame that is intact is the one at the Museum of Flight at Boeing Field.

The last airworthy 731 was the old America West one used for the Phoenix Suns charter.


User currently offlinecedarjet From United Kingdom, joined May 1999, 8114 posts, RR: 53
Reply 7, posted (3 years 3 months 2 weeks 3 days 4 hours ago) and read 3911 times:

Btw CO flew some of the oldest 737-100s into the mid 90s, inherited from Peoplexpress, ex Lufty machines, -130 Cityjets. Since that airline is now United, is it now accurate to say United operated 737-100s?


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User currently offlinedalalways From United States of America, joined Dec 2009, 97 posts, RR: 0
Reply 8, posted (3 years 3 months 6 days 21 hours ago) and read 3416 times:

Well thanks for clarifying that UAL didn't fly 100's and the timeline that 100's flew. However, some of you missed the entire question.....why is the flipping airplane at SAT.. LOL

User currently offlineFX1816 From United States of America, joined Mar 2004, 1400 posts, RR: 4
Reply 9, posted (3 years 3 months 6 days 11 hours ago) and read 3224 times:

Quoting cedarjet (Reply 7):
Since that airline is now United, is it now accurate to say United operated 737-100s?

No given that they didn't merge in the 1990's.

Quoting dalalways (Reply 8):
Well thanks for clarifying that UAL didn't fly 100's and the timeline that 100's flew. However, some of you missed the entire question.....why is the flipping airplane at SAT.. LOL

Possibly as some kind of trainer for firefighters or something. I have never been there so I can't say for sure but many airports have donated aircraft that they use for different security or firefighting activities.

FX1816


User currently offlineual777 From United States of America, joined Aug 2003, 1556 posts, RR: 5
Reply 10, posted (3 years 3 months 6 days 10 hours ago) and read 3163 times:

Quoting dalalways (Thread starter):
Hey guys I landed at SAT yesterday and saw a United 737 Battleship Gray livery, parked by the hangars with title and logos removed. I was wondering if anyone knew why it was there? Possibly for fire fighting training? Any help would be appreciated. Have a good day!

That aircraft has been there for ages changing hands under different owners multiple times. It is currently used for anti-terrorism training.



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User currently offlinehomsar From United States of America, joined Jan 2010, 1183 posts, RR: 0
Reply 11, posted (3 years 3 months 6 days 1 hour ago) and read 2958 times:

Quoting FX1816 (Reply 9):
Quoting cedarjet (Reply 7):
Since that airline is now United, is it now accurate to say United operated 737-100s?

No given that they didn't merge in the 1990's.


Did United's 737-100s operate alongside some of their Boeing DC-9s?



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User currently offlineFX1816 From United States of America, joined Mar 2004, 1400 posts, RR: 4
Reply 12, posted (3 years 3 months 5 days 22 hours ago) and read 2857 times:

Quoting homsar (Reply 11):
Quoting FX1816 (Reply 9):
Quoting cedarjet (Reply 7):
Since that airline is now United, is it now accurate to say United operated 737-100s?

No given that they didn't merge in the 1990's.


Did United's 737-100s operate alongside some of their Boeing DC-9s?

Huh? I must be tired after work, I don't get it.

FX1816


User currently offlinetozairport From United States of America, joined Oct 2005, 686 posts, RR: 1
Reply 13, posted (3 years 3 months 5 days 21 hours ago) and read 2841 times:

Quoting FX1816 (Reply 12):

Huh? I must be tired after work, I don't get it.

FX1816

I think he was trying to be funny. I think he succeeded. IMHO.



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User currently offlinecedarjet From United Kingdom, joined May 1999, 8114 posts, RR: 53
Reply 14, posted (3 years 3 months 5 days 19 hours ago) and read 2779 times:

Quoting homsar (Reply 11):
Did United's 737-100s operate alongside some of their Boeing DC-9s?

Quite right - although you do hear about Boeing MD-80s - which I don't like, isn't accurate, but was in the back of my mind when I was asking the question.



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User currently offlinehnl-jack From United States of America, joined Mar 2001, 819 posts, RR: 0
Reply 15, posted (3 years 3 months 5 days 10 hours ago) and read 2663 times:

All this talk about the history of UA 737's reminded me that UA almost went for DC-9's instead of 737's. If I remember correctly (worked at UA corporate in the 60's) UA's board had approved the purchase Douglas DC-9's as the new short range jet for the airline. George Keck, president at UA at the time made a last minute deal with Boeing and forced the decision through the board. Not everyone on the board was happy with the way it was handled and forever changed the relationship between Keck and the board.

I'm sure there are many on here more knowledgeable than I that can perhaps enlighten us more.



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User currently offlineKC135TopBoom From United States of America, joined Jan 2005, 12146 posts, RR: 51
Reply 16, posted (3 years 3 months 5 days 10 hours ago) and read 2631 times:

Quoting BoeingGuy (Reply 6):
The last airworthy 731 was the old America West one used for the Phoenix Suns charter.

I thought the last B-731 was flown by the Mexican Air Force, and was retired a few years ago.

So, who owns N993UA now?


User currently offlinedalalways From United States of America, joined Dec 2009, 97 posts, RR: 0
Reply 17, posted (3 years 3 months 3 days 23 hours ago) and read 2408 times:

Quoting FX1816 (Reply 9):
Possibly as some kind of trainer for firefighters or something. I have never been there so I can't say for sure but many airports have donated aircraft that they use for different security or firefighting activities.

Thats what I was thinking too, but it was parked on the ramp right beside actively loading cargo planes.. Usually fire trainers are away from the operation. I didn't know if it was maybe an Air Marshall Training craft......Its cool to speculate tho.


User currently offlineual777 From United States of America, joined Aug 2003, 1556 posts, RR: 5
Reply 18, posted (3 years 3 months 3 days 8 hours ago) and read 2269 times:

See my above post. The above mentioned aircraft is used for anti-terrorism training. The firefighters do all of their live burn training at College Station I believe.


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