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Southwest Shamu One To Be Retired  
User currently offlinebarney captain From United States of America, joined Nov 2001, 984 posts, RR: 12
Posted (2 years 4 days 2 hours ago) and read 17216 times:

Sad but true. The word on the street is the original Shamu - N334SW will fly her final flight sometime in early December. Farewell old friend.....


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User currently offlineAA737-823 From United States of America, joined Mar 2000, 5915 posts, RR: 11
Reply 1, posted (2 years 4 days 1 hour ago) and read 17134 times:

Good riddance; it's time for the elder -300's to go.
That said, I hope they can put the special liveries on the -700 fleet... or, GASP.... an -800!!!!!! Waaaahooooo!


User currently offlinefreakyrat From United States of America, joined Aug 2008, 884 posts, RR: 1
Reply 2, posted (2 years 4 days ago) and read 17017 times:
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Flew on the original one many times. They have the Shamu logos on the newer jets. A large Shamu on an 800 would be neat. Now they need to do another Lone Star One as that B733 is getting on up there in age.

User currently offlinegdg9 From United States of America, joined Jun 2005, 665 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (2 years 3 days 22 hours ago) and read 16768 times:

I assume this will be scrapped as it must have high cycles and low resale value as a -300.

User currently offlineNASCARAirforce From United States of America, joined Feb 2005, 3184 posts, RR: 4
Reply 4, posted (2 years 3 days 22 hours ago) and read 16729 times:

I agree that an 800 would look great as Shamu - because a Killer Whale has a long body, it would work better on an 800. That being said they need to paint California One, Lone Star and Arizona on a 700 or 800 soon too.

I hate to ask what sounds like a noob question. N647SW is Triple Crown One, but I swear I saw a 737-700 in Triple Crown One colors departing MCO although I was 8 miles north and it was high up. My eyes may have been deceiving me but normally I can tell a 300 apart from a 700 when it is departing overhead and I saw the distinctive Triple Crown One paint scheme - but still had the classic tail. I could not find any pictures of it on airliners.net or through google. Someone posted a video on youtube of a "Triple Crown One 737-700" taking off from Phoenix but after watching it was just N647SW the 300. I guess maybe I better buy some glasses because I am assuming there is no Triple Crown One 737-700?


User currently offlineRayChuang From United States of America, joined Jun 2000, 8031 posts, RR: 5
Reply 5, posted (2 years 3 days 22 hours ago) and read 16731 times:

I think given the number of takeoff/landing cycles a 737 has in WN service, once the plane is retired it's heading straight for the dismantling yard. Hopefully, we might have one of the first 737MAX-8's in WN service painted in the Shamu scheme again?

User currently offlineflyingclrs727 From United States of America, joined Apr 2007, 733 posts, RR: 0
Reply 6, posted (2 years 3 days 21 hours ago) and read 16601 times:

Quoting RayChuang (Reply 5):
I think given the number of takeoff/landing cycles a 737 has in WN service, once the plane is retired it's heading straight for the dismantling yard. Hopefully, we might have one of the first 737MAX-8's in WN service painted in the Shamu scheme again?

I don't think any of the special paint jobs are applied to new planes delivered by Boeing. I recall reading on one of the threads on this forum that only planes undergoing D-checks are candidates.


User currently offlineRavenTech From United States of America, joined Aug 2012, 60 posts, RR: 0
Reply 7, posted (2 years 3 days 21 hours ago) and read 16543 times:

Quoting NASCARAirforce (Reply 4):

No 73G in the Triple Crown livery. I betting that is will be a while before any other special liveries on the 300s are transferred to a 700/800 given that all the other special liveried aircraft have been retrofitted with winglets, thus one of the last to exit the fleet.


User currently offlineSilver1SWA From United States of America, joined Mar 2004, 4851 posts, RR: 26
Reply 8, posted (2 years 3 days 20 hours ago) and read 16323 times:
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Quoting flyingclrs727 (Reply 6):
I don't think any of the special paint jobs are applied to new planes delivered by Boeing. I recall reading on one of the threads on this forum that only planes undergoing D-checks are candidates.

It depends. Many have been painted on to older aircraft in the fleet, and a few were painted on brand new aircraft. Off the top of my head, Maryland One, Illinois One, Slam Dunk One and Florida One were all painted on new airplanes.



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User currently offlinen471wn From United States of America, joined Dec 2003, 1584 posts, RR: 2
Reply 9, posted (2 years 3 days 19 hours ago) and read 16207 times:
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Quoting RayChuang (Reply 5):
I think given the number of takeoff/landing cycles a 737 has in WN service, once the plane is retired it's heading straight for the dismantling yard. Hopefully, we might have one of the first 737MAX-8's in WN service painted in the Shamu scheme again?

Yes Shamu One will have high times----it's little sisters (N337SW and N338SW) are being parted out in Kingman and both have over 80,000 hours.


User currently offlineAsteriskceo From United States of America, joined May 2004, 489 posts, RR: 0
Reply 10, posted (2 years 3 days 19 hours ago) and read 16155 times:

WN has a -700 painted in the same Shamu livery.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OKnJrCn82PY

[Edited 2012-11-24 10:19:38]

User currently offlineSilver1SWA From United States of America, joined Mar 2004, 4851 posts, RR: 26
Reply 11, posted (2 years 3 days 18 hours ago) and read 16018 times:
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Quoting Asteriskceo (Reply 10):
WN has a -700 painted in the same Shamu livery.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OKnJr...n82PY

WN currently has 3 Shamu planes. N334SW, a 737-300 and the subject of this thread, and two 737-700s...N713SW and N715SW.

The two -700s replaced the two -500s, N501SW and N507SW that used to be Shamus. There was a brief period when all 5 were flying around the system in the Shamu paint job.



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User currently offlineSXDFC From United States of America, joined Dec 2007, 2428 posts, RR: 22
Reply 12, posted (2 years 3 days 17 hours ago) and read 15820 times:

I have flown on A/C 334 quite a few times, will be sad to see her go.. Does anyone know of any rumors on which tail number is slated to be the Shamu One replacement? I'd assume it would be one of the N2**WN series since those are currently the ones getting repaints...

Quoting RavenTech (Reply 7):
I betting that is will be a while before any other special liveries on the 300s are transferred to a 700/800 given that all the other special liveried aircraft have been retrofitted with winglets, thus one of the last to exit the fleet.

Believe it or not, A/C 352 was supposed to be retired this year, and A/C 253 was supposed to be its sucessor.. With WN getting rid of the 717s, this slowed down the -300 retirements.. I've heard A/C 352 will be flying at least until the mid 2010's.

Quoting RavenTech (Reply 7):
No 73G in the Triple Crown livery

Does anyone know if Triple Crown One will even be repainted into the Triple Crown colors again? I am pretty sure I read somewhere that might be the next specialty plane to be repainted into the regular SWA colors... I DONT know this for sure though..



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User currently offlineSilver1SWA From United States of America, joined Mar 2004, 4851 posts, RR: 26
Reply 13, posted (2 years 3 days 17 hours ago) and read 15749 times:
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Quoting SXDFC (Reply 12):
Does anyone know if Triple Crown One will even be repainted into the Triple Crown colors again? I am pretty sure I read somewhere that might be the next specialty plane to be repainted into the regular SWA colors... I DONT know this for sure though..

In my opinion, the whole Triple Crown thing isn't relevant anymore and I wouldn't be surprised to see it go.



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User currently offlinebarney captain From United States of America, joined Nov 2001, 984 posts, RR: 12
Reply 14, posted (2 years 3 days 17 hours ago) and read 15570 times:

Quoting AA737-823 (Reply 1):
Good riddance; it's time for the elder -300's to go.

Ouch - don't you know you should respect your elders ?  

But agreed, I'm too am glad to see some of the "elder" -300's retire, but she was a bit of a trend setter on her debut, and has served us well for many years. Seeing her dismantled will be bitter-sweet.



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User currently offlineas739x From United States of America, joined Apr 2003, 6187 posts, RR: 24
Reply 15, posted (2 years 3 days 17 hours ago) and read 15523 times:

Quoting flyingclrs727 (Reply 6):

Either the Maryland or Florida plane was delivered from Boeing in the special logo I believe. One of the them was caught in the middle of the night by RoyalKing at Boeing Field.



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User currently offlineAA737-823 From United States of America, joined Mar 2000, 5915 posts, RR: 11
Reply 16, posted (2 years 3 days 17 hours ago) and read 15523 times:

Quoting Silver1SWA (Reply 13):
In my opinion, the whole Triple Crown thing isn't relevant anymore and I wouldn't be surprised to see it go.

Kind of like Silver One, the 25th anniversary aircraft? I really liked that paint scheme, but... I guess it had to go.


User currently offlineSilver1SWA From United States of America, joined Mar 2004, 4851 posts, RR: 26
Reply 17, posted (2 years 3 days 17 hours ago) and read 15325 times:
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Quoting as739x (Reply 15):
Either the Maryland or Florida plane was delivered from Boeing in the special logo I believe. One of the them was caught in the middle of the night by RoyalKing at Boeing Field.

Like I said...

Quoting Silver1SWA (Reply 8):
It depends. Many have been painted on to older aircraft in the fleet, and a few were painted on brand new aircraft. Off the top of my head, Maryland One, Illinois One, Slam Dunk One and Florida One were all painted on new airplanes.



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User currently offlineAmericanAirFan From United States of America, joined Jun 2004, 408 posts, RR: 3
Reply 18, posted (2 years 3 days 16 hours ago) and read 15135 times:

Sad to see 334 go. I saw that plane several times. Back when I was just a kid I remember seeing that plane and identified it as the "first shamu with the blue tail." Back when the blue was a rare new paint at WN, and 334 was one of the earlier birds to get the "new blue."

Everytime I see 501 I imagine her flying with the Shamu still even though the paint is long gone.



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User currently offlinechrisair From United States of America, joined Sep 2000, 2170 posts, RR: 3
Reply 19, posted (2 years 3 days 12 hours ago) and read 13208 times:

Triple crown one is still a really neat plane. They have all the employees names at the airline in June 1997 on the overhead bins.

Quoting AA737-823 (Reply 16):
Kind of like Silver One, the 25th anniversary aircraft? I really liked that paint scheme, but... I guess it had to go.

Silver One still exists. It's just not Silver anymore. I saw it in Phoenix last week and it has a special nose decal.


User currently offlineNASCARAirforce From United States of America, joined Feb 2005, 3184 posts, RR: 4
Reply 20, posted (2 years 3 days 12 hours ago) and read 12858 times:

Quoting SXDFC (Reply 12):
Does anyone know if Triple Crown One will even be repainted into the Triple Crown colors again? I am pretty sure I read somewhere that might be the next specialty plane to be repainted into the regular SWA colors... I DONT know this for sure though..
Quoting Silver1SWA (Reply 13):

In my opinion, the whole Triple Crown thing isn't relevant anymore and I wouldn't be surprised to see it go.

I'm not so sure Southwest has been winning all 3 awards, at least not all at once like it did back in the 1990s when it painted that plane. It probably won't be a paint scheme that will be replaced. Even though I swear I saw a 700 because wingspan seemed wider than a 300, but I am heading to eye doctor soon I think. Hopefully a few more state paint schemes will come out.

It would be cool to see Southwest paint up a few planes in sports team colors:

They are the official airline of:

Phoenix Suns (remember that America West paint scheme)
Denver Nuggets
Texas Rangers
Indianapolis Colts (if Air Tran was keeping the 717s wouldn't have to do much repaint)
Baltimore Orioles
Milwaukee Brewers (same as Indy)


User currently offlineupcfordcruiser From United States of America, joined Dec 2007, 106 posts, RR: 0
Reply 21, posted (2 years 3 days 10 hours ago) and read 12321 times:

Did Shamu have the special embroidery in the headrests? I know Nevada One, New Mexico One, and Triple Crown do.

User currently offlineDarksnowynight From United States of America, joined Jan 2012, 1397 posts, RR: 3
Reply 22, posted (2 years 3 days 10 hours ago) and read 12236 times:

Quoting NASCARAirforce (Reply 4):
I guess maybe I better buy some glasses because I am assuming there is no Triple Crown One 737-700?

WN makes it easy, for your future reference. 700s all have red painted flap track fairings under the wing. The 300 & 500s do not.



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User currently offlineSilver1SWA From United States of America, joined Mar 2004, 4851 posts, RR: 26
Reply 23, posted (2 years 3 days 10 hours ago) and read 12189 times:
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Quoting Darksnowynight (Reply 22):
Quoting NASCARAirforce (Reply 4):
I guess maybe I better buy some glasses because I am assuming there is no Triple Crown One 737-700?

WN makes it easy, for your future reference. 700s all have red painted flap track fairings under the wing. The 300 & 500s do not.

Sort of. The special liveries do not have red flap track fairings but they are painted in a color that matches the paint job. So he probably would not have seen red under the wings of Triple Crown even if it really was a -700 he saw.

With that said, to my knowledge Triple Crown is still a -300 and I'm not aware of it changing to a -700. And since it does have winglets, I don't see that aircraft going anywhere soon.



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User currently offlineSXDFC From United States of America, joined Dec 2007, 2428 posts, RR: 22
Reply 24, posted (2 years 3 days 10 hours ago) and read 12176 times:

Quoting NASCARAirforce (Reply 20):
Even though I swear I saw a 700 because wingspan seemed wider than a 300,

Thats because A/C 647 ( Triple Crown One ), has the APB Blended winglets, these winglets are actually shorter than the 737NG winglets. Triple Crown One is a 737-300.

Quoting upcfordcruiser (Reply 21):
Did Shamu have the special embroidery in the headrests? I know Nevada One, New Mexico One, and Triple Crown do.

I've been on all three planes recently and none of them feature special embroidery in the headrests. Shamu Two and Three do have special Sea World decals on the overhead bins, and in the fwd bulkhead when you first board the aircraft. Nevada One has tiny stickers on the overhead bins, and a medium sized sticker in the front of the bulkhead as you first walk in that says "Nevada One". New Mexico One has the same thing.

Quoting AmericanAirFan (Reply 18):
Everytime I see 501 I imagine her flying with the Shamu still even though the paint is long gone.

A/C 501 left the fleet a few months ago, I am sure evertime you drink your favorite cold drink from a can, you will now think of A/C 501.  
Quoting as739x (Reply 15):
Either the Maryland or Florida plane was delivered from Boeing in the special logo

The following specialty planes were delivered from Boeing wearing a special paint scheme.

A/C 334 "Shamu One" ( 737-300 ) 1988

A/C 352 "Lone Star One ( 737-300 ) 1990

A/C 383 "Arizona One" ( 737-300 ) 1994

A/C 501 "Shamu Two" ( 737-500 ) 1990 * First -500 Series Built/ Repainted to regular c/s 2007/ Retired 2012

A/C 507 "Shamu Three" ( 737-500 ) 1991 * Repainted into regular c/s 2007

A/C 609 "California One" ( 737-300 ) 1996

A/C 629 "Silver One" ( 737-300 ) 1996 *Repainted into regular c/s 2009

A/C 647 "Triple Crown One" ( 737-300 ) 1997

A/C 727 "Nevada One ( 737-700 ) 1999

A/C 781 "New Mexico One ( 737-700 ) 2000

A/C 214 "Maryland One" ( 737-700 ) 2005

A/C 224 " Slam Dunk One" ( 737-700 ) 2005/ * Repainted into regular c/s 2010

A/C 918 " Illinois One" ( 737-700 ) 2008

A/C 945 " Florida One" ( 737-700 ) 2010

The Following were a/c repainted into a WN specialty scheme

A/C 713 " Shamu Two " ( 737-700 ) 2005

A/C 715 " Shamu Three " ( 737-700 ) 2005

A/C 230 " Colorado One " ( 737-700 ) 2012

A/C 922 " Sports Illustrated One" ( 737-700 ) 2009/ Decal removed mid 2009



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User currently offlineNASCARAirforce From United States of America, joined Feb 2005, 3184 posts, RR: 4
Reply 25, posted (2 years 3 days 8 hours ago) and read 11860 times:

Quoting Darksnowynight (Reply 22):

WN makes it easy, for your future reference. 700s all have red painted flap track fairings under the wing. The 300 & 500s do not.

Good point, although it was too high up for me to notice that. For reference I was at Orlando Executive Airport and it was departing from MCO - so it was an almost belly view but enough where I could see the Triple Crown logo.

I am not going to argue it was a 700, just going to worry about my eyes because normally I can tell the difference by wingspan size between a 300 and a 700.


User currently offlinechrisair From United States of America, joined Sep 2000, 2170 posts, RR: 3
Reply 26, posted (2 years 3 days 5 hours ago) and read 11116 times:

Quoting upcfordcruiser (Reply 21):

Did Shamu have the special embroidery in the headrests? I know Nevada One, New Mexico One, and Triple Crown do.

Nope. No special seats. I was on NM 1 back in 2009 and TC 1 in 2006 and both had the standard interior, minus the bins on TC 1 which have the employee names on them.

Quoting SXDFC (Reply 24):
Nevada One has tiny stickers on the overhead bins, and a medium sized sticker in the front of the bulkhead as you first walk in that says "Nevada One". New Mexico One has the same thing.

All the state planes have the state flag and "Arizona One" or "Florida One" on the forward bulkhead. It also says "dedicated to the Southwest employees in the state of Arizona" or something similar. Haven't been on the Nevada one though.

Is the Ronald McDonald House plane still floating around with the kid's artwork on the bins? Always thought that was kinda cool.

Quoting NASCARAirforce (Reply 25):
I am not going to argue it was a 700, just going to worry about my eyes because normally I can tell the difference by wingspan size between a 300 and a 700.

Trust me, Triple Crown One is a -300. I've flown it a few times.


User currently offlineAA737-823 From United States of America, joined Mar 2000, 5915 posts, RR: 11
Reply 27, posted (2 years 3 days 3 hours ago) and read 10870 times:

Quoting chrisair (Reply 19):
Silver One still exists. It's just not Silver anymore. I saw it in Phoenix last week and it has a special nose decal.

Does.
Not.
Count.
 


User currently offlineSLCGuy From United States of America, joined Jul 2008, 181 posts, RR: 0
Reply 28, posted (2 years 3 days 2 hours ago) and read 10759 times:

Sad to to see Shamu 1, N334SW go. Despite the people on this site that think that this plane should have been retired long ago, I'd fly on this well maintained -300 anyday. The classic 737-300 is a real workhorse. But I guess after the number of cycles and hours this aircraft has it's time to retire her. I don't know if Southwest has any sort of airline museum (ala Delta), but if they do or want to start one, they should should put Shamu 1 on display. It would sure beat seeing this aircraft go to the desert for scrap.

[Edited 2012-11-25 03:12:43]

User currently offlineDesertAir From Mexico, joined Jan 2006, 1474 posts, RR: 0
Reply 29, posted (2 years 2 days 23 hours ago) and read 10589 times:

Shamu was parked in Sacramento, CA on Thanksgiving evening. I was returning to San Diego. I flew on Shamu a couple of times over the years. I recall picking up a friend a number of years ago who arrived on Shamu. He was miffed to have flown on it because he was weight conscious.

User currently offlineNASCARAirforce From United States of America, joined Feb 2005, 3184 posts, RR: 4
Reply 30, posted (2 years 2 days 22 hours ago) and read 10558 times:

Quoting chrisair (Reply 26):
Trust me, Triple Crown One is a -300. I've flown it a few times.

I know it is a 300, or what I thought was the original - I got a few pics of it. Its been in the fleet before they took 73G deliveries. I had mistakenly confused a 300 for a 700 the other day in Triple Crown colors - at relatively high altitude and asked if Triple Crown One was recently repainted on a 700. I could not find any pictures of it or any other proof online other than a youtube poster taking video of it departing PHX who also called it a 737-700, but I could definitely tell it was a 300 in that case. With no one confirming it was recently repainted on a 700 here, I came to the conclusion my eyes deceived me.


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Reply 31, posted (2 years 2 days 21 hours ago) and read 10421 times:
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I believe I just saw it take off from MSP. Was kind of cool seeing it after reading this thread last night. I've seen it a couple times over the years at BDL and it will be missed! Though I suppose I have to lookout for the other ones!
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User currently offlineSKC From United States of America, joined Oct 2012, 121 posts, RR: 0
Reply 32, posted (2 years 2 days 21 hours ago) and read 10395 times:

Quoting jetblueguy22 (Reply 31):
I believe I just saw it take off from MSP. Was kind of cool seeing it after reading this thread last night. I've seen it a couple times over the years at BDL and it will be missed! Though I suppose I have to lookout for the other ones!

Yep, 334 departed MSP for DEN about 30 mins ago. Then on to LAX, HOU, and overnight in TPA.



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User currently offlinemichiganatc From United States of America, joined exactly 6 years ago today! , 144 posts, RR: 0
Reply 33, posted (2 years 2 days 18 hours ago) and read 10176 times:

I am so bummed about this. I have been waiting a long time to see this plane with out luck.

Can anyone please let me know if this is scheduled to go to DTW anytime soon? I have to get some pictures of it before it retires. Thanks!!


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Reply 34, posted (2 years 2 days 18 hours ago) and read 10175 times:

Quoting michiganatc (Reply 33):
Can anyone please let me know if this is scheduled to go to DTW anytime soon?

It's only routed through Monday so far, and the closest it gets to you is MDW.



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User currently offlineMSPNWA From United States of America, joined Apr 2009, 1994 posts, RR: 2
Reply 35, posted (2 years 2 days 18 hours ago) and read 10136 times:

I last saw Shamu 1 in STL over a year ago. Always one of my favorites, so it's sad to see it go. The irony of when I saw it was that I was sitting in N315SW, which was retired about a year ago. So both sides of the equation will soon be gone. I'll miss those classic 737s.

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Reply 36, posted (2 years 1 day 19 hours ago) and read 9572 times:

Quoting SXDFC (Reply 24):
A/C 922 " Sports Illustrated One" ( 737-700 ) 2009/ Decal removed mid 2009

Mid 2009, LOL it was removed 2 days after it was reveiled due to numerous complaints.



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User currently offlinen471wn From United States of America, joined Dec 2003, 1584 posts, RR: 2
Reply 37, posted (2 years 1 day 19 hours ago) and read 9532 times:
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Quoting flyiguy (Reply 36):
Mid 2009, LOL it was removed 2 days after it was reveiled due to numerous complaints.

It was a sad day---she was an excellent looking female!!


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Reply 38, posted (2 years 1 day 18 hours ago) and read 9424 times:
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Quoting flyiguy (Reply 36):
Quoting SXDFC (Reply 24):
A/C 922 " Sports Illustrated One" ( 737-700 ) 2009/ Decal removed mid 2009

Mid 2009, LOL it was removed 2 days after it was reveiled due to numerous complaints.



I believe it lasted around 30 days if I remember correctly.



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User currently offline727LOVER From United States of America, joined Oct 2001, 6565 posts, RR: 20
Reply 39, posted (2 years 1 day 16 hours ago) and read 9278 times:

Quoting as739x (Reply 15):
Either the Maryland or Florida plane was delivered from Boeing in the special logo I believe. One of the them was caught in the middle of the night by RoyalKing at Boeing Field.

Well, Florida One wasn't painted @ Boeing Field. It was painted in Louisiana & flew to TPA for unveiling. ceremony.........and was caught first by yours truly   



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User currently offlinePHLBOS From United States of America, joined Mar 2004, 7554 posts, RR: 23
Reply 40, posted (2 years 1 day 15 hours ago) and read 9146 times:

Quoting NASCARAirforce (Reply 30):
I came to the conclusion my eyes deceived me.

Personal guess, what might've thrown you to think that Triple Crown One was applied to a 73G was due to :

1. The 733 was retro-fitted w/winglets

2. The shade of blue in the TCOne scheme is similar (but not identical) to WN's current Canyon Blue scheme.

[Edited 2012-11-26 14:22:37]


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Reply 41, posted (2 years 1 day 14 hours ago) and read 9107 times:

Any SWA employees have the scheduled routing for this the next few days?

User currently offlinepenguins From United States of America, joined Mar 2010, 347 posts, RR: 0
Reply 42, posted (2 years 1 day 14 hours ago) and read 9099 times:

This is a bit off topic but, which WN 737 carried the penguins on it for Seaworld? If you go the Seaworld San Diego you will see pictures of the birds in the aisles.

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Reply 43, posted (2 years 1 day 14 hours ago) and read 9063 times:
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Quoting penguins (Reply 42):
This is a bit off topic but, which WN 737 carried the penguins on it for Seaworld? If you go the Seaworld San Diego you will see pictures of the birds in the aisles.

The penguins fly on WN quite often so they fly on whichever aircraft carries out their selected flights.



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User currently offlinebarney captain From United States of America, joined Nov 2001, 984 posts, RR: 12
Reply 44, posted (1 year 12 months 2 days 2 hours ago) and read 8606 times:

It's official, Sunday December 2nd, she is retired. I will keep my eyes open to see where/when she will head off for her final flight to the bone yard....  


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Reply 45, posted (1 year 12 months 1 day 18 hours ago) and read 8458 times:
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Quoting barney captain (Reply 44):
It's official, Sunday December 2nd, she is retired. I will keep my eyes open to see where/when she will head off for her final flight to the bone yard....

meanng this will be her first day of retirement or her last day in service?


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Reply 46, posted (1 year 12 months 1 day 18 hours ago) and read 8461 times:

Quoting n471wn (Reply 45):
meanng this will be her first day of retirement or her last day in service?

Sorry - not clear on my part. Sunday she retires from the WN fleet, meaning Saturday is her last day in service. I haven't found out where/if she is flying Saturday.



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Reply 47, posted (1 year 12 months 1 day 18 hours ago) and read 8426 times:
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Quoting barney captain (Reply 46):
Sorry - not clear on my part. Sunday she retires from the WN fleet, meaning Saturday is her last day in service. I haven't found out where/if she is flying Saturday.

thanks and this is like saying goodbye to an old friend.......It is tough to see those old birds go.


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Reply 48, posted (1 year 12 months 1 day 18 hours ago) and read 8446 times:
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Quoting barney captain (Reply 46):

Dangit! She originated out of SAN this morning. I didn't start til 10 so I missed her.  

But it appears she will be back this evening!

[Edited 2012-12-01 11:18:34]


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User currently offlineSilver1SWA From United States of America, joined Mar 2004, 4851 posts, RR: 26
Reply 49, posted (1 year 12 months 1 day 17 hours ago) and read 8431 times:
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Quoting barney captain (Reply 46):
Quoting n471wn (Reply 45):
meanng this will be her first day of retirement or her last day in service?

Sorry - not clear on my part. Sunday she retires from the WN fleet, meaning Saturday is her last day in service. I haven't found out where/if she is flying Saturday.


Hmm, as of right now N334SW is scheduled to carry out an originating flight to Denver from LAS tomorrow. Which is her last day?

[Edited 2012-12-01 11:37:00]


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User currently offlinebarney captain From United States of America, joined Nov 2001, 984 posts, RR: 12
Reply 50, posted (1 year 12 months 1 day 17 hours ago) and read 8390 times:

Curious.....the fleet balance on our company site definitely shows N334 "retired" starting Sunday December 2nd. Can you see where she ends up that day?


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Reply 51, posted (1 year 12 months 1 day 16 hours ago) and read 8379 times:
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Quoting barney captain (Reply 50):
Curious.....the fleet balance on our company site definitely shows N334 "retired" starting Sunday December 2nd. Can you see where she ends up that day?


According to our ops system, she terminates in LAS tonight and then terminates in DEN tomorrow night. Interesting...



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User currently offlineSilver1SWA From United States of America, joined Mar 2004, 4851 posts, RR: 26
Reply 52, posted (1 year 12 months 1 day 12 hours ago) and read 8307 times:
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Just spent a few minutes looking up N334SW and as of right now she is scheduled through the system til at least Wednesday with DAL being the last stop on Wednesday. I'm guessing that's when she might be retired, at the earliest. Again, according to what is showing right now. Things can always change, of course.


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User currently offlinebarney captain From United States of America, joined Nov 2001, 984 posts, RR: 12
Reply 53, posted (1 year 12 months 1 day 11 hours ago) and read 8224 times:

Thanks for the update Silver. Looks like an 11th hour (temporary) Governor's pardon....  


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Reply 54, posted (1 year 12 months 1 day 8 hours ago) and read 8066 times:
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DAL is a fitting last stop for this proud bird!!

User currently offlineGentFromAlaska From United States of America, joined Feb 2005, 3245 posts, RR: 1
Reply 55, posted (1 year 12 months 15 hours ago) and read 7887 times:

Quoting Silver1SWA (Reply 52):

Is the retirement of an commercial airframe ceremonial in nature; or up to each individual carrier. I understand a low fly over and water cannon salute may be in play at a final airport. As protocol goes is it a scripted ceremony or sorts?

When the military decommissions a vessel there is a ceremony before the vessel is retired and or sold or donated.



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User currently offlineSuper80DFW From United States of America, joined Oct 2007, 1696 posts, RR: 11
Reply 56, posted (1 year 12 months 11 hours ago) and read 7762 times:

I'll miss seeing Shamu One around the country at various airports. I've had the chance to fly on this aircraft on two occasions, so there is a small personal attachment. 

Rest in peace Shamu!



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User currently offlineSXDFC From United States of America, joined Dec 2007, 2428 posts, RR: 22
Reply 57, posted (1 year 11 months 4 weeks 1 day 20 hours ago) and read 7572 times:

It appears to be that DEC 17 will be the last flight for Shamu One ( A/C 334 )..


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User currently offlineDazed767 From United States of America, joined May 1999, 5498 posts, RR: 51
Reply 58, posted (1 year 11 months 4 weeks 23 hours ago) and read 7360 times:

Will it be in MCO anytime soon?

User currently offlinemichiganatc From United States of America, joined exactly 6 years ago today! , 144 posts, RR: 0
Reply 59, posted (1 year 11 months 4 weeks 23 hours ago) and read 7345 times:

Is a/c 334 going to come through MDW or DTW anytime soon?

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Reply 60, posted (1 year 11 months 4 weeks 23 hours ago) and read 7356 times:

24 years old, this shorthaul bird has had a longer service life than most 733s. Time to rest, farewell.

User currently offlineSKC From United States of America, joined Oct 2012, 121 posts, RR: 0
Reply 61, posted (1 year 11 months 4 weeks 20 hours ago) and read 7298 times:

Quoting michiganatc (Reply 59):
Is a/c 334 going to come through MDW or DTW anytime soon?

It will RON in MDW tonight, then a CLE round trip first thing tomorrow morning then back west.



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User currently offlineFI642 From Monaco, joined Mar 2005, 1079 posts, RR: 2
Reply 62, posted (1 year 11 months 4 weeks 20 hours ago) and read 7269 times:

Quoting Asteriskceo (Reply 10):
WN has a -700 painted in the same Shamu livery.

I saw her just the other day at BWI!



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User currently offlinebrilondon From Canada, joined Aug 2005, 4389 posts, RR: 2
Reply 63, posted (1 year 11 months 4 weeks 20 hours ago) and read 7256 times:

Quoting barney captain (Thread starter):
Sad but true. The word on the street is the original Shamu - N334SW will fly her final flight sometime in early December. Farewell old friend.....

I guess I am not sentimental, but I don't really have any attachments to machines. I don't see why the sentimentality over an aircraft. Also WN has other aircraft painted in the Shamu paint as well.
http://www.airliners.net/photo/South...d=41ca695aa850bdcc6d2f980cb8caf325



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User currently offlineN1120A From United States of America, joined Dec 2003, 26718 posts, RR: 75
Reply 64, posted (1 year 11 months 4 weeks 19 hours ago) and read 7213 times:

Quoting AA737-823 (Reply 1):
Good riddance; it's time for the elder -300's to go.

Why? They are quite nice.

Quoting freakyrat (Reply 2):
A large Shamu on an 800 would be neat.

That would be perfect.



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User currently offline71Zulu From United States of America, joined Aug 2006, 3088 posts, RR: 0
Reply 65, posted (1 year 11 months 4 weeks 17 hours ago) and read 7139 times:

Quoting 727LOVER (Reply 39):
Well, Florida One wasn't painted @ Boeing Field.
It was painted in Louisiana & flew to TPA for unveiling.

Really? This video seems to indicate otherwise (I know the plane in the first part is not F1).

What paint shop is used in LA? Acadiana?

http://youtu.be/zKnsyYbfC60



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User currently offlineSKC From United States of America, joined Oct 2012, 121 posts, RR: 0
Reply 66, posted (1 year 11 months 4 weeks 17 hours ago) and read 7119 times:

Quoting N1120A (Reply 64):
Quoting AA737-823 (Reply 1):
Good riddance; it's time for the elder -300's to go.

Why? They are quite nice.

Not performance-wise. The -300 is a dog.

Can't wait for the day our last -300 is retired. Glorious day, o glorious day!



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Reply 67, posted (1 year 11 months 4 weeks 16 hours ago) and read 7103 times:
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Quoting SKC (Reply 66):
Can't wait for the day our last -300 is retired. Glorious day, o glorious day!

How sad that you do not not appreciate what the 300 series did for day--to-day aviation.......it is lilke making fun of a classic car because turbo-charging was not yet invented----respect the 300 for what it did in its time....


User currently offlineSXDFC From United States of America, joined Dec 2007, 2428 posts, RR: 22
Reply 68, posted (1 year 11 months 3 weeks 1 day 19 hours ago) and read 6871 times:

Well here she is folks, not sure of the airport shes at, but this is courtesy of a buddy of mine at WN.

http://i1208.photobucket.com/albums/cc368/737-8H4/FC89B52D-62BE-4AF7-8806-ADF91D3929DC-8951-0000072446991AC6.jpg

http://i1208.photobucket.com/albums/cc368/737-8H4/C050F4D8-AF94-440A-BF2C-0606E2414499-8999-0000072932AD0456.jpg

Kinda sad to see her sitting out there.. Whales don't last long in the desert... Hopefully someone buys her!

[Edited 2012-12-10 10:05:57]


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User currently offlineSilver1SWA From United States of America, joined Mar 2004, 4851 posts, RR: 26
Reply 69, posted (1 year 11 months 3 weeks 1 day 19 hours ago) and read 6770 times:
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That was quick!

Glad I saw her depart for her last revenue flight last night. Will post pics tonight.



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User currently offlinebarney captain From United States of America, joined Nov 2001, 984 posts, RR: 12
Reply 70, posted (1 year 11 months 3 weeks 1 day 19 hours ago) and read 6786 times:

Quoting brilondon (Reply 63):
I guess I am not sentimental, but I don't really have any attachments to machines. I don't see why the sentimentality over an aircraft.

That's too bad. The attachment I have comes out of appreciation for the millions of passengers she has safely delivered to their destinations over the years. Additionally, while there were specialty paint schemes before her, Shamu One was pretty revolutionary when she was first unveiled.

Quoting SXDFC (Reply 68):
Well here she is folks, not sure of the airport shes at, but this is courtesy of a buddy of mine at WN

Thanks for the update! It looks like that might be Marana outside of TUS.

Quoting SXDFC (Reply 68):
Kinda sad to see her sitting out there.. Whales don't last long in the desert... Hopefully someone buys her!

I'm afraid her cycles/total time means she has likely flown her last flight.  



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Reply 71, posted (1 year 11 months 3 weeks 1 day 18 hours ago) and read 6696 times:
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Quoting barney captain (Reply 70):
Thanks for the update! It looks like that might be Marana outside of TUS.

It looks like Tucson to me


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Reply 72, posted (1 year 11 months 3 weeks 1 day 18 hours ago) and read 6666 times:

They sure aren't wasting any time pulling the engines off.

User currently offlineGentFromAlaska From United States of America, joined Feb 2005, 3245 posts, RR: 1
Reply 73, posted (1 year 11 months 3 weeks 1 day 16 hours ago) and read 6591 times:

Quoting SXDFC (Reply 68):
not sure of the airport shes at
Quoting n471wn (Reply 71):
It looks like Tucson to me

You may want send it to Ben Mutzbaugh, the aviation guru at the US Today for his weekly "Name the Airport" contest http://www.usatoday.com/story/todayi...2/10/05/name-that-airport/1615323/ It may get published. Somebodies bound to come up with the airport.



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User currently offline727LOVER From United States of America, joined Oct 2001, 6565 posts, RR: 20
Reply 74, posted (1 year 11 months 3 weeks 1 day 16 hours ago) and read 6557 times:

Quoting 71Zulu (Reply 65):
Really? This video seems to indicate otherwise (I know the plane in the first part is not F1).

What paint shop is used in LA? Acadiana?

Read the first 7 replies in this thread. There seems to be some disagreement where the Florida One was painted.
Southwest N945WN Special Livery? (by RobK Apr 2 2010 in Civil Aviation)#105


I'm not saying you're wrong.....I just don't know, therefore, I will retract my earlier statement.


The guy in reply #5 seems to have nailed the future Colorado One.

[Edited 2012-12-10 13:17:03]


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User currently offlinechrisair From United States of America, joined Sep 2000, 2170 posts, RR: 3
Reply 75, posted (1 year 11 months 3 weeks 1 day 16 hours ago) and read 6548 times:

Shamu has been retired to Tucson (not Marana). The Catalina Mountains in the background and the water tower at the ANG base give it away.

Came in from Phoenix about 8 this morning. There were a lot of WN 733s here earlier this year, including a few of the AirCal birds. They're all gone now.


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Reply 76, posted (1 year 11 months 3 weeks 1 day 11 hours ago) and read 6348 times:
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Quoting chrisair (Reply 75):
Came in from Phoenix about 8 this morning. There were a lot of WN 733s here earlier this year, including a few of the AirCal birds. They're all gone now.

Meaning they were scrapped in Tucson or did they go to to other airports?


User currently offlinebarney captain From United States of America, joined Nov 2001, 984 posts, RR: 12
Reply 77, posted (1 year 11 months 2 weeks 3 days 9 hours ago) and read 5992 times:

.....83,000+ hours and 71,000+ cycles. It's time to retire old friend. Does anyone have any updated pics/info ?


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User currently offline737tdi From United States of America, joined Sep 2007, 923 posts, RR: 2
Reply 78, posted (1 year 11 months 2 weeks 3 days 6 hours ago) and read 5860 times:
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I read a comment above about not understanding feelings for machines. I can say I worked on this aircraft many, many times in the last 12 years, and it is sad to see her go.

User currently offlineSXDFC From United States of America, joined Dec 2007, 2428 posts, RR: 22
Reply 79, posted (1 year 11 months 2 weeks 2 days 21 hours ago) and read 5694 times:

Quoting n471wn (Reply 76):
Meaning they were scrapped in Tucson or did they go to to other airports?

I've yet to see another one of our -300's go onto another carrier. I'd imagine these -300s have a ton of cycles, and are probably at the end of their lives. From what I've heard the -300s that came in there from SWA ended up scrapped. On a side note I am curious as to how many cycles/ hours our early -700's have...



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User currently offlineSpacepope From Vatican City, joined Dec 1999, 2969 posts, RR: 1
Reply 80, posted (1 year 11 months 2 weeks 2 days 11 hours ago) and read 5525 times:

Quoting SXDFC (Reply 79):
On a side note I am curious as to how many cycles/ hours our early -700's have..

According to FAA SDRs, as of May N700GS had about 52,000 hours and 32,000 cycles



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