erikr
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United Classic 747s

Mon Oct 07, 2002 2:07 pm

How many (of each type) classic 747s did UAL operate? What years were each in operation? I assume they were all phased out when the 747-400s and the 777-200s arrived.

I've done a search on the photos and it seems that the 747-100s operated mainly domestically and to Hawaii, the 747-200s the same with a few international destinations, and the SPs to Asia after they were purchased from Pan Am. Is this the case?

Thanks for the help.

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RE: United Classic 747s

Mon Oct 07, 2002 2:32 pm

I believe United and Pan Am did a fleet trade with their 747s. I know United started flying the 747SP (primarily for UA805), but I looked at one site that had an Pan Am 747 from the Post Asia era. It said the plane used to be a United 747.
 
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RE: United Classic 747s

Mon Oct 07, 2002 3:04 pm

The SPs went first, then the -100s in the mid-90s, and the -200s in the late 90s.
 
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RE: United Classic 747s

Mon Oct 07, 2002 3:28 pm

UAL had the following planes -

747-122 (their original fleet) - 18 of them
747-123 (ex American) - 5 of them

747-222 (original fleet) - 2 of them
747-238 (ex Qantas) - ? .... about half a dozen delivered 1991 or so

747-SP21 (ex PanAm) - 10 of them
747-SP27 (ex Braniff/PanAm) - 1 only

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RE: United Classic 747s

Mon Oct 07, 2002 7:19 pm

There were a total of seven 747-238B's that United acquired from Qantas.
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RE: United Classic 747s

Tue Oct 08, 2002 2:24 am

Thanks the two of you, B747skipper and justplanesmart, for the clear and detailed info. I remember seeing in a United schedule back in 94 that they still had 747-100's and SP's at that time. The 200's continued to fly revenue service until the late 90's, SFO-ORD was one of the high-density domestic routes where United flew Classic 747's the most. I remember well seeing a Classic 747 landing at O'Hare in the Spring of 99, it was probably coming from San Francisco.
One of the SP's went to NASA for statospheric observation purposes, and it was the only one out of 11 receiving the new scheme that was introduced in 93.

Ben Soriano
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PS: There is a big model of a 747-100 at 1/100, it is manufactured by Doyusha and comes with the United old color decals.
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RE: United Classic 747s

Tue Oct 08, 2002 7:48 am

I didn't know UA operated a -SP27. N145UA was the only -SP to be painted 'new colors'

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Still carries that reg as the SOFIA telescope. I read that this plane hasn't been flown in 2 years.
Does anyone know the dates/reg #/flight #'s of UA's last -SP/100/200 flights,I'de like to know.
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RE: United Classic 747s

Tue Oct 08, 2002 10:56 am

SP27 ex BNF N606BN became N529PA in SEP 1983
From PanAm went to UA as N150UA in 1986...
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RE: United Classic 747s

Tue Oct 08, 2002 8:53 pm


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Here she is-N150UA is now A40-SP for Oman Royal Flight.
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RE: United Classic 747s

Tue Oct 08, 2002 10:52 pm

I remember how a lot of the "classics" used to fly to HNL. The last time I was at HNL was in 1996 and there were atleast 3 742s.
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