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User currently offlinelindy field From United States of America, joined Mar 2001, 3131 posts, RR: 13
Posted (2 years 7 months 2 days 20 hours ago) and read 3922 times:
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Hello all,

Lately I've been thinking I should really try to take the opportunity to photograph a 737-200 while it's still possible and I think my best bet is to try to catch one of Sierra Pacific Airlines in action as there aren't many others flying around the western part of the United States. I was wondering if there's any way to predict where they will be flying at any given time. Monitoring them on Flight Aware I see flights out of Tuscon to places like Boise, Victorville, Kileen and others. I'd like to catch them sometime around the Bay Area, but have no idea how frequently that happens. I've seen a number of images taken at SJC so I assume they come in on an occasional basis.


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On a broader level, does anyone know anything about Sierra Pacific's current prospects? How much longer can they continue flying the 737-200? How are they doing in terms of scaring up business?

Thanks for any insight.

Edward

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User currently offlineAllegiantAir From United States of America, joined Sep 2006, 1733 posts, RR: 2
Reply 1, posted (2 years 7 months 2 days 19 hours ago) and read 3727 times:

Is Aloha Air Cargo still flying 732s for interisland cargo runs in Hawaii? They might be the only other operator in the USA, as far as I know.


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User currently offlineclickhappy From United States of America, joined Sep 2001, 9668 posts, RR: 68
Reply 2, posted (2 years 7 months 2 days 19 hours ago) and read 3646 times:
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They do a lot of government flying, during the fire season they seem to operate a lot of flights out of KBOI, to places like MSO, RDM, and BFI (on their way to FAI). You can track both regs on flyteaware, that's how I got them in my collection.

User currently offlinemrskyguy From United States of America, joined Aug 2008, 1214 posts, RR: 3
Reply 3, posted (2 years 7 months 2 days 17 hours ago) and read 3430 times:

You still have NAC in Alaska running 732s, along with a handful of VIP birds still plying the North American skies. And if you like the colder climates, you can always look to the Northwest Territories to grant you a 732.


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User currently offlineF9animal From United States of America, joined Dec 2004, 5127 posts, RR: 28
Reply 4, posted (2 years 7 months 2 days 16 hours ago) and read 3298 times:

They are still flying?! Wow! Did they fly Convair 580s at one time?


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User currently offlinesunking737 From United States of America, joined Feb 2005, 2058 posts, RR: 9
Reply 5, posted (2 years 7 months 2 days 16 hours ago) and read 3274 times:

Skyking is still flying 737-200. They fly VIP/Sports Teams, they are doing casino flying out of Atlantic City, Charter flights to Cuba from MIA, but I think they are using their 737-400 on those flights. Skyking has their MX now at Lakeland Linder Airport in Lakeland Fla. KLAL

Sierra Pacific does mostly DOD and other Government contracts.



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User currently offlineUnited_fan From United States of America, joined Nov 2000, 7545 posts, RR: 7
Reply 6, posted (2 years 7 months 2 days 15 hours ago) and read 3251 times:

Quoting sunking737 (Reply 5):
Skyking is still flying 737-200. They fly VIP/Sports Teams, they are doing casino flying out of Atlantic City

They come to ROC monthly with those fabulous 732's. I also got to see UP's 732's @ MIA and FLL last month.



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User currently offlineRWA380 From United States of America, joined Feb 2005, 3461 posts, RR: 5
Reply 7, posted (2 years 7 months 2 days 6 hours ago) and read 2871 times:

I know WN bought out Morris Air, and Sierra Pacific flew for them, I thought Sierra Pacific kinda was part of that. I flew Sierra Pacific just one time on a free pass down to PDX from SEA, after connecting off a NW flight from ATL via MEM.
Short flight of course, but I remember thinking for a 737-200 it was in good visual repair, inside and outside, clean and shining in the late afternoon sun. Sigh, another brief aviation moment that makes me smile.  



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User currently offlineRJNUT From United States of America, joined Dec 1999, 1250 posts, RR: 0
Reply 8, posted (2 years 7 months 2 days 4 hours ago) and read 2787 times:

i remember back in the mid 80's Express I in Memphis (Rebuplic Express ) was having so many problems with their Saab340s that they hired Sierra Pacific to wet lease their CV580's for awhile to fly MEM-JAN

User currently offlineGoldenshield From United States of America, joined Jan 2001, 6120 posts, RR: 14
Reply 9, posted (2 years 7 months 2 days 4 hours ago) and read 2773 times:

The dispatch course I took was modelled after them (using Domestic rules, not supplemental, since supplementals don't require dispatchers,) and thus we used these 732s as the training syllabus. While it's a step down from the 727 that most schools were using at the time, it's a step up for training since it was more real-world than the 727, which was being phased out.


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User currently offlineKBJCpilot From United States of America, joined May 2012, 178 posts, RR: 6
Reply 10, posted (2 years 7 months 1 day 18 hours ago) and read 2527 times:

Sierra Pacific does a lot of charters for the US Forest Service, BLM, and other government agencies mainly flying contract and govt firefighters around the western United States. I had a buddy that worked for a contract firefighting outfit a while back and he spent his summer in and out of small to mid-sized airstrips on their 732's. You'll see them in RDM, MFR, BOI, RDD, EUG, LMT, RNO and other similar sized communities and airports from now through October as the fire season heats up.


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User currently onlinebjorn14 From Norway, joined Feb 2010, 3700 posts, RR: 2
Reply 11, posted (2 years 7 months 1 day 3 hours ago) and read 2291 times:

Quoting F9animal (Reply 4):
They are still flying?! Wow! Did they fly Convair 580s at one time?

Yep. They sure did.



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User currently offlinewhatusaid From United States of America, joined Feb 2007, 667 posts, RR: 0
Reply 12, posted (2 years 6 months 3 weeks 5 days 17 hours ago) and read 1941 times:

Flying into Tucson last week, two 737's were on the ramp. I remember Sierra Pacific flying Twin Otters from Fresno over the mts to Bishop or Mammoth... They flew 580's FAT-RNO for awhile.

User currently offlinelindy field From United States of America, joined Mar 2001, 3131 posts, RR: 13
Reply 13, posted (2 years 6 months 3 weeks 5 days 17 hours ago) and read 1896 times:
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By coincidence, N703S came into SJC today from OKC so I ran down and got some shots of it. I think I'll have some workable images to upload. Thanks to everyone who contributed to the thread.

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