BAe146
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Recently Spotted Rare Aircraft

Sat Dec 06, 2003 6:32 am

What is the most rare aircraft you've spotted recently? I just saw GE's 747-121 testbed fly overhead yesterday (N747GE). Too bad I was at work, and didn't have a camera ready. Not to many visitors like that here in Yuma (YUM/KYUM). Plenty of AV-8BII+ Harriers, though. That's what I work on.
 
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RE: Recently Spotted Rare Aircraft

Sat Dec 06, 2003 7:00 am

My office is right at the end of the runway @ DM in Tucson. We get to see alot of different aircraft coming in and out. I recently saw a Convair 580 aircraft with what appeared like some type of Radome extension. Possibly a Radar test bed ?? Does anyone know what it could be ? I worked on the CV580 H.A mapping aircraft for EG&G with the underbelly camera extension. I don't think I have ever saw the nose extension.

Does the GE 747 have an extra pylon for the test engine ?

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BAe146
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RE: Recently Spotted Rare Aircraft

Sat Dec 06, 2003 7:08 am

I could not see any extra pylons, but i only saw it from the starboard side. They're probably removable though. It looked like it was just flying with 4 CF6's
 
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RE: Recently Spotted Rare Aircraft

Sat Dec 06, 2003 7:40 am

FYI for 146..if you spotted a 747-121 with GE engines, that is indeed a rare bird. Since a -121 is an ex-Pan Am, and Pan Am ordered all their 747s with Pratts, that's the one 747 ever that went from one engine maker to another. Only other aircraft I know of like that is the prototype 777, which went from Pratts to RRs for Cathay Pacific. Regards.
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RE: Recently Spotted Rare Aircraft

Sat Dec 06, 2003 12:21 pm

AN-225 , at CLE about a month ago, very big plane!...LOL
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RE: Recently Spotted Rare Aircraft

Sat Dec 06, 2003 12:26 pm

I flew on a Nord 262 a couple months ago.
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RE: Recently Spotted Rare Aircraft

Sat Dec 06, 2003 12:31 pm

Caught the northwest cargo 747 last night a cvg (11:05). I know it's nothing special but it was nice to see a real jumbo jet at my airport.

Tim
 
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RE: Recently Spotted Rare Aircraft

Sat Dec 06, 2003 12:36 pm

A red Sikorsky S-61 at CLL (Easterwood airport, TX) a few days ago. Not rare to some maybe, but first time I have seen one at CLL. It was also one of the few times I have seen an S-61. So to me it was a rare sight.
 
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RE: Recently Spotted Rare Aircraft

Sat Dec 06, 2003 1:00 pm

in two weeks the world is gonna see the wright flyer........
 
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RE: Recently Spotted Rare Aircraft

Sat Dec 06, 2003 1:04 pm

We get the occasional AN-225 at Moffett Field, Mountain View, CA. They transport satellite hardware for Lockheed-Martin among other things. It's an amazing sight when they take off over our roof tops. Air Force One also parks here with two C-5 in tow when dubya comes to visit.
 
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RE: Recently Spotted Rare Aircraft

Sat Dec 06, 2003 2:09 pm

AGM100, that is the Raytheon 580 based at TUS.

Perhaps you might want to swing by TUS this weekend to see the "Global Peace Ambassadors" 747SP in the scrapping area. That is getting to be quite a rare airframe.
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RE: Recently Spotted Rare Aircraft

Sat Dec 06, 2003 2:37 pm

AGM100, 747GE has four pylons just like any other 747 but the inboard left pylon is custom built for the test engine. Currently a CF34-10 occupies that position, before that it was a GE90-115B.


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FlagshipAZ, indeed, the other three engines are JT9s... quite a quirk for an airplane with "GE Aircraft Engines" splashed across the side of the fuselage, especially for those of us at GE who work on the CF6!
 
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RE: Recently Spotted Rare Aircraft

Sun Dec 07, 2003 7:00 am

Nothing rare in that sense, but it was great to see a whole lot of different Russian Air Force prop-Antonovs in St Petersburg 2 weeks ago. To see them all that close made me wonder how they even remain airworthy. (well, maybe airworthy with Russian standards!)  Big grin
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RE: Recently Spotted Rare Aircraft

Tue Dec 09, 2003 5:27 am

Amazingly enough, N747GE just passed overhead again, today. It is JT9D'd on 1,3,4, while #2 looked like a CF34. Very cool to see it twice, though. Let's see if there'll be a third time (the charm, when hopefully I'll have a camera ready).
 
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RE: Recently Spotted Rare Aircraft

Tue Dec 09, 2003 5:52 am

The two rare one's I've seen was an AN-225 looming in the distance in Seattle until it flew right above Downtown. The second being Air Force One at LAX carrying Bush onboard. Two rare sights... two rare planes!
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RE: Recently Spotted Rare Aircraft

Tue Dec 09, 2003 5:54 am

I perfomed engine tests on N727GG today  Big thumbs up VIP Aircraft, one beautiful plane. Also went on B737ER, the record breaking plane that flew the longest distance ever by a 737!
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RE: Recently Spotted Rare Aircraft

Tue Dec 09, 2003 6:14 am

N1910 - the last real charterable 727-100 (Planet Airways) in the USA a few weeks ago.  Love
 
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RE: Recently Spotted Rare Aircraft

Tue Dec 09, 2003 6:37 am

What an incredible photo of the GE 747-121 with the GE engine under the left wing! The difference in size is amazing. I believe most of the early 747's had engines with thrust ratings of 45,000 to 46,000 pounds, or thereabouts. Someone can correct me on this if I am wrong. However, if accurate,
then a pair of the 90,000 pound thrust GE engines used on the 777 should easily be able to fly one of the older 747-100's, providing that the 747 could be adapted to use them. A pair of GE 90's would not look out of place under the wing of a 747-100, and might actually look pretty sharp!
 
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RE: Recently Spotted Rare Aircraft

Tue Dec 09, 2003 7:04 am

uh, That doesn't look like a lot of ground clearance under the -121's wing with the GE 90 on it. The last thing you would want is an engine that would hoover up any debris and/or ramp rats that were nearby.....
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RE: Recently Spotted Rare Aircraft

Tue Dec 09, 2003 7:07 am

I saw a Aeronova Metro III (EC-HCH) parked up at MAN on Saturday.


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RE: Recently Spotted Rare Aircraft

Tue Dec 09, 2003 7:10 am

Point well taken Starrion.
 
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RE: Recently Spotted Rare Aircraft

Tue Dec 09, 2003 7:31 am

Raytheon 580 , cool thanks for the info. I will go by the ramp and check out the 747SP. I heard that the aircraft is going to be going through a "c" level check and will go back into service.
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RE: Recently Spotted Rare Aircraft

Tue Dec 09, 2003 2:04 pm

You'd better hurry then AGM100, the dumpsters are in place and crews on site this morning for the SP. I expect "the claw" will be onsite tommorrow. It's being scrapped.

Location of airframe and the fact that Hamilton cannot do a 747 C check are the clues.
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RE: Recently Spotted Rare Aircraft

Tue Dec 09, 2003 3:12 pm

Saw the British Airways 777 fly into San Diego Lindbergh Field- that must be an absolutely terrifying approach and takeoff! Such a big plane on such a small runway!

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RE: Recently Spotted Rare Aircraft

Tue Dec 09, 2003 3:53 pm

Saw the prototype Adam A500 (N501AX) at TRI about a month ago. That is one SWEET looking airplane....you've probably seen it in all the aviation magazines. But that sucker is one SLICK piston airplane.
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RE: Recently Spotted Rare Aircraft

Tue Dec 09, 2003 4:07 pm

The An-22 in EBOS last summer, first time I saw this one.
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Tue Dec 09, 2003 5:07 pm


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I spot these all the time when I go to my parent's house. 3 or 4 Chinooks are based at Columbia Helicopters HQ, Aurora Airport about 3 miles from where I grew up. They fly all over the world to interesting places like the Amazon rain forest. I actually saw a show about Columbia on the Discovery Channel. There aren't any pictures of Columbia Helicopter's base on the database. I'll have to snap some come summer. Other than the choppers there aren't many interesting aircraft at Aurora other than some old MIG's, a couple bizjets and a Catalina PBY.
 
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RE: Recently Spotted Rare Aircraft

Tue Dec 09, 2003 8:35 pm

Notar520AC:

The approach might be a little harrowing, but then, what approach into SAN isn't?  Smile

The takeoff would be a piece of cake. The 777 gets off the ground in a hurry, even fully loaded. (As I've found out on my SFO-ORD runs.)
 
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RE: Recently Spotted Rare Aircraft

Wed Dec 10, 2003 12:49 am

I was wondering about the C check on the SP. Did not think it was on their op spec. I have seen enough airplanes this year anyway I think I will go golf instead. Thanks for the info.

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RE: Recently Spotted Rare Aircraft

Wed Dec 10, 2003 1:43 am

Could Imisspiedmont and AGM100 *please* contact me thru the contact button on any of my pix?

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RE: Recently Spotted Rare Aircraft

Wed Dec 10, 2003 1:59 am


Hi!

A few weeks ago I spotted one of the rarest airliners I've ever seen. It was a Buttler Aviation/TBM Douglas DC-6 water-bomber. Normally the DC-6's we see regulary are A's or B's versions. This one is one of the first to be built right in 1947 and the main difference to the other DC-6's is the fact that between the cockpit and the wing there's no windows compared with the latter versions that had 1 or 2 ones. The plane was in pristine condition and after the fire season it left a few weeks ago. Great time and great airplane!
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RE: Recently Spotted Rare Aircraft

Wed Dec 10, 2003 2:06 am

a few weeks ago i saw the WN 737 with winglets come into FLL.... not very rare, but the rarest thing since I saw the Air Transat L1011 come in!
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