avt007
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United 747 In Tripoli!

Fri Nov 14, 2003 2:34 am

OK, it was an ex-United 747, but it caused me to do a double take when I saw it. The logo and name had been removed, but the paint scheme was unchanged, except for the 3D-xxx registration, making it registered, if not necessarily operated in Swaziland. Anyone know the history or operator?
 
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RE: United 747 In Tripoli!

Fri Nov 14, 2003 2:39 am

Well, United and ex-United is a big difference for me ...

Well, I guess 747 can't land in Swaziland so I think it has a funny registration because of that. But is there a possibility that it came from Ariana for Hadj or something like this?
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RE: United 747 In Tripoli!

Fri Nov 14, 2003 3:16 am

Well, this one has an Afghan registration:

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and belongs to Ariana Afghan Airlines.

There are, however, other 747s with a 3D-registration:

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They're not ex United though.

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GARUDAROD
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RE: United 747 In Tripoli!

Fri Nov 14, 2003 5:02 am


The aircraft that was registered in Afghaistan has indeed been reregistered
under the 3D- Swaziland prefix. There is a great topic on this very aircraft on the pprune site regarding the legality of the aircraft and its crews.
Apparently the aircraft is non-airworthy and the crews are not legal.
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avt007
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RE: United 747 In Tripoli!

Fri Nov 14, 2003 6:30 am

Is Swaziland the Liberia of the airways? Do they allow registration and operation if the fee is right? It wouldn't surprise me at all................
 
F9Widebody
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RE: United 747 In Tripoli!

Fri Nov 14, 2003 6:36 am

Perhaps it has something to do with the issue B747skipper mentions in this :

http://www.airliners.net/discussions/general_aviation/read.main/1247401/4/

Infact, it makes alot of sense now, because he mentions that these phony airlines have planes registered in Swaziland.

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