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Saudi Arabian 747SP At ORD  
User currently offlineairfinair From United States of America, joined Dec 1999, 667 posts, RR: 1
Posted (2 years 1 month 2 weeks 1 day 10 hours ago) and read 4042 times:

I was driving down I-294 past ORD this afternoon and glanced over at T-5 - I consider myself lucky to have seen an SV 747SP at Terminal 5! Anyone know why it was in town today?

http://flightaware.com/live/flight/S...3/history/20120614/0834Z/EGSS/KORD


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User currently offlineluv2fly From United States of America, joined May 2003, 12090 posts, RR: 49
Reply 1, posted (2 years 1 month 2 weeks 1 day 10 hours ago) and read 3921 times:

Maybe one of the Royals wanted a Chicago deep dish pizza.


You can cut the irony with a knife
User currently offlinesweair From Sweden, joined Nov 2011, 1811 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (2 years 1 month 2 weeks 1 day 9 hours ago) and read 3862 times:

The SP looks so strange in proportions..

User currently offlineIrishAyes From United States of America, joined Jan 2008, 2163 posts, RR: 15
Reply 3, posted (2 years 1 month 2 weeks 1 day 9 hours ago) and read 3810 times:

Yeah, I just arrived at ORD and I spotted it from the EL. There was an AA FA sitting next to me and I nudged him really hard in excitement hahaha. Super cool.


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User currently offlineUnited_fan From United States of America, joined Nov 2000, 7453 posts, RR: 7
Reply 4, posted (2 years 1 month 2 weeks 1 day 8 hours ago) and read 3727 times:

Maybe headed to RST for the Mayo Clinic?


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User currently offlinePHX787 From Japan, joined Mar 2012, 7210 posts, RR: 17
Reply 5, posted (2 years 1 month 2 weeks 1 day 7 hours ago) and read 3583 times:

Quoting luv2fly (Reply 1):
Maybe one of the Royals wanted a Chicago deep dish pizza.

Given what they put into the pizza, would it be Halal?   



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User currently offlinecsturdiv From United States of America, joined Aug 2005, 1448 posts, RR: 3
Reply 6, posted (2 years 1 month 1 week 6 days 7 hours ago) and read 3019 times:

Could it have been related to this in some way?

Saudi Crown Prince Nayef dies
http://www.foxnews.com/world/2012/06...prince-nayef-dies/?test=latestnews

"A statement by the royal family said Nayef died Saturday in a hospital abroad. It did not specify where."



Posting from somewhere between KORD and KRFD
User currently offlineViscount724 From Switzerland, joined Oct 2006, 24868 posts, RR: 22
Reply 7, posted (2 years 1 month 1 week 6 days 5 hours ago) and read 2864 times:

Quoting csturdiv (Reply 6):
Could it have been related to this in some way?

Saudi Crown Prince Nayef dies
http://www.foxnews.com/world/2012/06...prince-nayef-dies/?test=latestnews

"A statement by the royal family said Nayef died Saturday in a hospital abroad. It did not specify where."

He died in GVA where he's reportedly been since May 26.
http://www.marketwatch.com/story/sau...eva-2012-06-16?link=MW_latest_news
http://gulfnews.com/news/gulf/saudi-...ince-nayef-dead-state-tv-1.1036505

Swiss government announcement.
http://www.admin.ch/aktuell/00089/index.html?lang=en&msg-id=44983

One of the Saudi royal 747SPs was reportedly en route to GVA on Saturday, no doubt to take his body home for burial at Mecca on Sunday.

Found following photo dated May 26, 2012 arriving GVA, likely with him on board.


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[Edited 2012-06-16 17:58:19]

User currently offlineRWA380 From United States of America, joined Feb 2005, 3122 posts, RR: 5
Reply 8, posted (2 years 1 month 1 week 5 days 18 hours ago) and read 2547 times:

Quoting luv2fly (Reply 1):
Maybe one of the Royals wanted a Chicago deep dish pizza

Honestly, if I were a royal Saudi prince, I'd be more interested in having a lavish, well kept 74L as my personal plane, than even the new 748's, but I am also an A.nutter. Just my bias to the sp's, what incredible machines they were in their heyday. The few examples of the type that are still flying are just spectacular to see, there is something very sexy about that plane.



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User currently offlinegoosebayguy From United Kingdom, joined Sep 2009, 382 posts, RR: 0
Reply 9, posted (2 years 1 month 1 week 5 days 15 hours ago) and read 2345 times:

If this is HZ-AIF I flew in this aircraft from RUH-DHA in the late '80s. Amazed to see some years later that this is now on of the SP's used by the Royal Family. Because King Fahd became very immobile this aircraft was fitted with a lift/elevator which enabled him to leave.

User currently offlineViscount724 From Switzerland, joined Oct 2006, 24868 posts, RR: 22
Reply 10, posted (2 years 1 month 1 week 5 days 7 hours ago) and read 2027 times:

Quoting goosebayguy (Reply 9):
If this is HZ-AIF I flew in this aircraft from RUH-DHA in the late '80s. Amazed to see some years later that this is now on of the SP's used by the Royal Family.

If you're referring to the photo in Reply 7, that's HZ-HM1B which has was built as a VIP aircraft and was never part of the SV passenger fleet.


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