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A Trashed Southwest 737  
User currently offlineMatt D From United States of America, joined Nov 1999, 9502 posts, RR: 47
Posted (12 years 10 months 3 weeks 2 days 17 hours ago) and read 1426 times:

Can anyone shed some light on what the hell happened to this plane?

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User currently offlineL-188 From United States of America, joined Jul 1999, 29791 posts, RR: 58
Reply 1, posted (12 years 10 months 3 weeks 2 days 17 hours ago) and read 1303 times:

It looks like they have started to strip the paint.

But that would not explain why they are towing it.



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User currently offlineGreg From United Kingdom, joined May 2005, 0 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (12 years 10 months 3 weeks 2 days 16 hours ago) and read 1247 times:

No, you're right...they're stripping it. It takes several applications. Probably moving it to another paint stripping area/bay.

User currently offlineFlygga From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 3, posted (12 years 10 months 3 weeks 2 days 16 hours ago) and read 1231 times:

There is a company at PAE that paints planes for Southwest.



User currently offlineJonPaulGeoRngo From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 4, posted (12 years 10 months 3 weeks 2 days 16 hours ago) and read 1203 times:

Another -200 goin' for the blue. Yippee!!

User currently offlineMatt D From United States of America, joined Nov 1999, 9502 posts, RR: 47
Reply 5, posted (12 years 10 months 3 weeks 2 days 16 hours ago) and read 1182 times:

Are you sure that 'another' one is going for Southwest 'canyon' blue, and not Pepsi Cola blue?

I found this picture looking for a blue -200 and found none. And you saying 'another' one implies that there are already 1 or more -200's in blue.

And correct me if I'm wrong, but it seems like there are a bunch of squatters on this site armed with their cameras that shoot three rolls of film, within seconds of a plane emerging from a hangar (apparently they have nothing better to do with their time but sit and wait for a plane to emerge....just like a butterfly from a coccoon.). And they take their pix, and then rush right over to the photo lab and then home so they can upload their pix, so that a livery can be less than 24 hours old and already be on this site.

But for some reason, I see no Southwest N/C 73S.


User currently offline777boy From United States of America, joined Jun 2000, 287 posts, RR: 0
Reply 6, posted (12 years 10 months 3 weeks 2 days 15 hours ago) and read 1165 times:

Um. . . If any of you would bother to look at the date, it says 1999. I doubt that a 732 could go into the hangar in 1999 and not have emerged yet.

My guess is that it was painted into Southwest's livery since the photographer says the old registration was N721ML.

Also, there are pictures of that same plane in the Southwest old (not blue) colors taken in 2001.

Matt


User currently offlineIMissPiedmont From United States of America, joined May 2001, 6278 posts, RR: 34
Reply 7, posted (12 years 10 months 3 weeks 2 days 15 hours ago) and read 1146 times:

BF Goodrich does heavy maintenance for WN at PAE. The aircraft is on it's way to the paint shop after a C or D check.


Quit calling an airport ramp "Tarmac" and a taxiway "runway".
User currently offlineCactusA319 From United States of America, joined Jan 2000, 2918 posts, RR: 25
Reply 8, posted (12 years 10 months 3 weeks 2 days 15 hours ago) and read 1097 times:


Judging by the old registration mentioned by the photog, it appears this bird used to belong to the original Midway Airlines.

However look at the date, that was two years ago so it's not going to be painted in blue at the time of the picture.

Oh and there is at least on blue 732. Saw it at MDW a few weeks ago but didn't have my camera.


User currently offlineWN700Driver From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 9, posted (12 years 10 months 3 weeks 2 days 14 hours ago) and read 1068 times:

There are 3 blue 2H4s out there, but they are all slated for disposal by 2004 (when the last 2H4 is sold or stored). I don't have the tag #s off the top of my head but I can find them if anyone is interested. Peace to All.

BTW, the A/C in question is emerging from a C-check, probably the amarillo facility, but I guess the photographer would know better. Doing this involes some Xray work on the 2H4 so it is a convenient time to strip the paint (when neccessary). Personally, I don't see how, but that's the way we do it.


User currently offlineCdfmxtech From United States of America, joined Jul 2000, 1338 posts, RR: 27
Reply 10, posted (12 years 10 months 3 weeks 2 days 11 hours ago) and read 987 times:

Or maybe it's the reason SWA has so much money. They've sacrificed painting their aircraft
 Big thumbs up


User currently offlineABQ757 From United States of America, joined Oct 1999, 293 posts, RR: 2
Reply 11, posted (12 years 10 months 3 weeks 2 days 7 hours ago) and read 921 times:

What are the N #'s on the "Blue" -200's? Post them or e-mail them to me please. Thanks.

Gabe


User currently offline456 From Netherlands, joined Feb 2001, 326 posts, RR: 1
Reply 12, posted (12 years 10 months 3 weeks 2 days 7 hours ago) and read 904 times:

Maybe THIS is their new color scheme?


 Big grin


User currently offlineBacardi182 From United States of America, joined Jan 2000, 1088 posts, RR: 1
Reply 13, posted (12 years 10 months 3 weeks 2 days 7 hours ago) and read 892 times:

notice the deployed thrust reversers.

User currently offlineCritter592 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 14, posted (12 years 10 months 3 weeks 2 days 7 hours ago) and read 896 times:

I toured this plane on 7/02/01... It was freshly painted and looked great. The picture you see hear was going to OVERHAUL

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