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AI 787 @ Kftw Sat 3 Nov 2012  
User currently offlinethunder9 From United States of America, joined Jul 2003, 219 posts, RR: 1
Posted (1 year 5 months 2 weeks 1 day 10 hours ago) and read 5276 times:

On Sat 3 Nov at about 1530 CDT, I was on my way to KNFW for some military duty and while cruising along North Loop I-820 (at about 103 ft/sec), I noticed at Meacham Field KFTW an Air India 787. It was in front of the hangar that works on the private 763 of that uber-rich Russian guy (the plane that has various brown stripes and the "Raccoon" look with the black around the cockpit windows).

On my way home from the base, I passed KFTW and again noticed the AI 787. Even though it was about 0420 CST, I could make out the shape of the vertical stab and I could see the dihedral of the wing. Even the wingtips were noticeable from maybe 1/2 mile away. The maintenance hangar doors were wide open and all the lights were on, so the silhouette of the aircraft this morning was unmistakeable. Plus, there was very little traffic so I could look over at the airfield without fear of hitting another car!  

-J


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User currently offlinePHLapproach From Philippines, joined Mar 2004, 1231 posts, RR: 20
Reply 1, posted (1 year 5 months 2 weeks 1 day 9 hours ago) and read 5129 times:

The CHS produced 787s get painted by Leading Edge at KFTW.

User currently offlinesweair From Sweden, joined Nov 2011, 1806 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (1 year 5 months 2 weeks 1 day 9 hours ago) and read 5104 times:

yeah Charleston frames and some from Everett even, there seems to be a shortage of paint hangars in Washington? Must be a decent business to paint aircraft?

User currently offlinetdscanuck From Canada, joined Jan 2006, 12709 posts, RR: 80
Reply 3, posted (1 year 5 months 2 weeks 1 day 8 hours ago) and read 5027 times:

Quoting sweair (Reply 2):
yeah Charleston frames and some from Everett even, there seems to be a shortage of paint hangars in Washington?

Paint hangers are hugely capital intensive. Everett hasn't built a new one since the 777, as far as I know. They use additional paint hangers (for widebodies) at Portland and Fort Worth.

Quoting sweair (Reply 2):
Must be a decent business to paint aircraft?

Yep, if you can meet OEM spec. But not that many paint hangers can do that at rate.

Tom.


User currently offlineJOYA380B747 From India, joined Mar 2005, 455 posts, RR: 1
Reply 4, posted (1 year 5 months 2 weeks 1 day 6 hours ago) and read 4693 times:

Quoting thunder9 (Thread starter):

Any idea what was d 788's registration no?



If it wasn't for AI and those money mongers sitting in the parliament, 9W would have been as big as SQ...:(
User currently offlineKarelXWB From Netherlands, joined Jul 2012, 8768 posts, RR: 29
Reply 5, posted (1 year 5 months 2 weeks 1 day 6 hours ago) and read 4481 times:

Quoting JOYA380B747 (Reply 4):
Any idea what was d 788's registration no?

VT-ANK / ZA239 / LN60



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User currently offlinesweair From Sweden, joined Nov 2011, 1806 posts, RR: 0
Reply 6, posted (1 year 5 months 2 weeks 1 day 5 hours ago) and read 4352 times:

ZA240 is on its way there too, 2 AI frames maybe a rare sight in Texas?

User currently offlineN243NW From United States of America, joined Jul 2003, 1609 posts, RR: 20
Reply 7, posted (1 year 5 months 2 weeks 1 day 2 hours ago) and read 3392 times:

Just departed as BOE239, heading to CHS...


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User currently offlineAA94 From United States of America, joined Aug 2011, 531 posts, RR: 0
Reply 8, posted (1 year 5 months 2 weeks 23 hours ago) and read 2682 times:

Quoting thunder9 (Thread starter):
It was in front of the hangar that works on the private 763 of that uber-rich Russian guy (the plane that has various brown stripes and the "Raccoon" look with the black around the cockpit windows).

Perhaps a little off-topic, but I believe you are referring to Mr. Roman Abramovich's aircraft, P4-MES, aka "The Bandit."


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User currently offlineblueflyer From United States of America, joined Jan 2006, 3701 posts, RR: 2
Reply 9, posted (1 year 5 months 2 weeks 19 hours ago) and read 1874 times:
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Quoting thunder9 (Thread starter):
It was in front of the hangar that works on the private 763 of that uber-rich Russian guy (the plane that has various brown stripes and the "Raccoon" look with the black around the cockpit windows).

The hangar was sold to Leading Edge and turned into a paint hall. The first aircraft painted there was a UA 747 back from lease to Atlas. I don't have the registration handy, but it is the one now flying around with the United Airlines Charter livery/

Quoting sweair (Reply 6):
2 AI frames maybe a rare sight in Texas?

Leading Edge doesn't have enough ramp or hangar space to work on two 787s. They could conceivably park one elsewhere on airport property but there isn't a lot of spare parking space large enough to accommodate an aircraft that size.



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