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Ua 747sp's?  
User currently offline1 heavybird From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Posted (14 years 10 months 1 day 3 hours ago) and read 958 times:

what ever happened to the 747sp's that united had in service at on time?

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User currently offlineIMissPiedmont From United States of America, joined May 2001, 6544 posts, RR: 29
Reply 1, posted (14 years 10 months 1 day 3 hours ago) and read 932 times:

21022/265 N140UA scrapped 1996 Ardmore, OK
21023/268 N141UA scrapped 11/94 Ardmore, OK
21024/270 N142UA to Ardmore 11/95 (scrapped 1996)
21025/273 N143UA scrapped 1995 Ardmore, OK
21026/286 N144UA wfu 1994 scrapped 1997 Ardmore
21441/306 N145UA wfu 10/94 (disposition unknown but wfu)
21547/325 N146UA wfu 5/94 MZJ (intact)
21548/341 N147UA wfu LAS 10/94, to MZJ 11/95 (intact)
21648/367 N148UA RT FSBU 10/95 and to Worldwide Aircraft Holding (Bermuda) as VR-BAT, later VP-BAT (still flying ?)
21649/373 N149UA now with Bahrain Amiri Flight as A9C-HHH
All of above are SP-21s from PA
21992/447 N150UA now with Omani Royal Flight as A40-SP
This is the SP-27 also from PA

I think I got them all. Hope it answers your question.


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User currently offlineShawn Patrick From United States of America, joined Jan 2000, 2610 posts, RR: 15
Reply 2, posted (14 years 10 months 1 day 1 hour ago) and read 911 times:

What routes were these used on? Any domestic routes?

User currently offlineUnited_Fan From United States of America, joined Nov 2000, 7687 posts, RR: 6
Reply 3, posted (14 years 10 months 18 hours ago) and read 888 times:

N145UA has been converted to the SOFIA flying telescope platform for NASA. I believe UA's SPs were used to Tokyo and Hong Kong only.Maybe Autsralia?

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User currently offlineILUV767 From United States of America, joined May 2000, 3142 posts, RR: 7
Reply 4, posted (14 years 10 months 16 hours ago) and read 877 times:

I belive that they were used on the poloar flights over the north pole. Currently there is 1 left in the fleet at United. Aircrat with nose number 4445 is a 747SP that is being leased to NASA for the SOFIA project. There was a second one that was in the United fleet (not in service), but I belived that was retired or sold off a few months ago. Can anyone confirm that?

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User currently offlineDonc From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 5, posted (14 years 10 months 15 hours ago) and read 864 times:

They were flown from EWR-NRT and EWR-LHR as well as JFK-LHR and JFK-GIG or GRU. I assume they were flown from SFO and LAX to NRT and HKG, as well as LAX-AKL and LAX-SYD. Occasionally they flew them from EWR-SFO once or twice a week as a placement flight. I miss those things. Glad I got my chance to ride on them years ago from JFK to NRT as Pan Am- "China Clipper" and "Clipper Washington".

User currently offlineRayChuang From United States of America, joined Jun 2000, 8362 posts, RR: 4
Reply 6, posted (14 years 10 months 15 hours ago) and read 864 times:

The ex-Pan Am 747SP's were flying most of the longer-range transpacific routes for UA for a number of years until the 747-400's replaced them in the early 1990's. I believe the routes were:


While the 747SP's could fly SFO-HKG westbound during the summer with ease, during the winter they often had to refuel somewhere between TPE and FUK due to strong prevailing winds.

User currently offlineThe777Man From United States of America, joined Jul 1999, 6832 posts, RR: 54
Reply 7, posted (14 years 10 months 14 hours ago) and read 859 times:

They also flew to LHR towards the end of their career with United. I flew LHR-LAX with N144UA in Oct 92. I remember also they flying a LAX-GRU nonstop route for a short while. The last route SPs flew for UA was EWR-LHR which was replaced with the 777. The777Man

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