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Southern Air Transport In BNA

Fri Dec 12, 2003 6:29 am

I just saw the 'new' Southern Air Transport 747-300 here in BNA. After it landed it taxied up to the main cargo ramp. It's common for us to see: China Air, ExpressNet, Capitol and Kitty Hawk, but this was a rare treat. Any idea who they are flying for, how big is their fleet, what do they have and where the 747-300 came from.
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RE: Southern Air Transport In BNA

Sat Dec 13, 2003 3:22 pm

Actually, that was a 747-206B (reg: N746SA) that arrived in BNA around 1315 from ANC. The trip to BNA originated in Khabarovsk, Russia (KHB / UHHH) and only stopped in ANC for a short while (similar to our 6 days-a-week China Air Cargo 744F visitors). Oddly enough, it looks as if someone caught a picture of it in KHB before it left for BNA (see below)...

I walked over to the old tower and took a few photos of it (which didn't turn out well enough to be on a.net) about 30 minutes before they departed for EBLG (Belgium)... It got dark on me, but I sat at the Vultee viewing area and watched them leave anyway.

The name of the aircraft is "Wilbur Wright" and there was a small blurb near the door stating that the craft is "Operating for Lufthansa Cargo".

I originally saw it coming in over West Nashville around 1310 and hopped on the web (flytecomm.com and fboweb.com) trying to figure out who in the world it was.

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RE: Southern Air Transport In BNA

Wed Dec 17, 2003 7:50 pm

Southern Air was back again today from the same place in Russia... They arrived at around 1700 local and left at 0405 local headed to Okayama, Japan. They'll be traveling over ANC to get there, but it doesn't appear they are going to be stopping on the way. Almost 6000 miles... Strange.

Based on these times, Southern Air had a 742 sitting on the cargo ramp with the China Air Cargo 744 for about the last hour... Wish I had known that earlier on as that would have made a very new picture for BNA...

Oh well....It'll probably happen again. I just wish I knew what Southern Air was bringing in from Russia and leaving with headed to Belgium and (now) Japan.


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RE: Southern Air Transport In BNA

Wed Dec 17, 2003 8:29 pm

I don't know.........Maybe Dell Computers...?
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RE: Southern Air Transport In BNA

Fri Dec 26, 2003 4:42 am


It was here again yesterday... Apparently, it is the same 742 each time ("Wilbur Wright")...

I sat out there long enough to catch them unloading a few thousands boxes with a blue Dell "E" on the side of them... Wonder what Dell is bringing in from Russia?

Not sure where it departed to...was too busy to look last night. I know that it left at around 1545-1600 as I had a friend call and inform me that it just shook his house over by Briley and Elm Hill Pike - RWY 31 sends them all right over his place - China Air is his alarm clock in the mornings...

Looks like Paul Robbins (who I hope to run into out on Vultee at some point) got a shot of it the other day...


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RE: Southern Air Transport In BNA

Fri Dec 26, 2003 5:06 am

Matt-

It was still sitting on the Main Cargo ramp today when I stopped by the hanger to checked to see if my airplane had left.......
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RE: Southern Air Transport In BNA

Fri Dec 26, 2003 5:12 am

Thank you Matt.....It has come in about 4 times in the last 3 weeks...I was wondering my self what it bought in. Maybe some one else here nows

I emailed the guy tha took it in Russia and he said that he is almost postive that it did not pick any thing in Russia just stopped for fuel.

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RE: Southern Air Transport In BNA

Fri Dec 26, 2003 8:34 am

Matt as of 16:30 it was still there

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RE: Southern Air Transport In BNA

Fri Dec 26, 2003 8:47 am

wow...I live in Nashville and am on the road traveling right now for vacation and WISH I could have been there to see this. It's nice to see a reasonable number of folks here from Nashville--I would have never expected it.
 
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RE: Southern Air Transport In BNA

Fri Dec 26, 2003 9:11 am

that's awesome. i work at Smyrna Airport (MQY) as a lineman and have worked several graveyard shifts only to be leaving at 6am with the huge Air China 74 coming in... beautiful plane with the lotus on the tail.

while 2 747s at BNA is impressive, i'd urge you to check out Smyrna every now and then. recently we've had 747s coming in and out (all owned/operated) by Atlas Air for maintenace. it's quite a site to see one touch down 1000 feet into an 8000 foot runway and still be stopped with 2-3 thousand to go...

good luck with the spottings!

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RE: Southern Air Transport In BNA

Fri Dec 26, 2003 9:52 am

I also visit BNA occasionally. I really wish i could get a Southern and China and also visit MQY but i'd need to find some kind of schedule of when they arrive at Smyrna

BTW, Isaac....that thing on the China tail is a Plum Blossom. The "National Flower" of china. they chose that as the symbol for their country on their planes.

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RE: Southern Air Transport In BNA

Fri Dec 26, 2003 9:59 am

Air China and Southern don't fly into Smyrna..they come into BNA. Air China arrives daily, except Tuesday..(if that still holds true) and normally arrives around 0200-0300 and is gone by 0600, so you'll need to get up very early to see that. Southern Air looks to be arriving non-scheduled as of right now.
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RE: Southern Air Transport In BNA

Fri Dec 26, 2003 9:50 pm


As far as the flowers on the tails of the China Air aircraft go... Each one is hand painted at the Boeing plant and each is a little different from all of the others.

Saw this on a show about the Boeing plant on Discovery Wings a while back.


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RE: Southern Air Transport In BNA

Sat Dec 27, 2003 12:24 am

hey guys,

I'm from Clarksville. Where do you normally do the spotting at BNA?
 
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RE: Southern Air Transport In BNA

Sat Dec 27, 2003 3:11 am

BNA has a pretty nice viewing area set up just off Vaultee Blvd.....near the old control tower. You have a great look at 2L and 2C, also you can see 33 pretty clearly. It also over looks the cargo ramp and the Embraer hangers. Its open sun up to sun set.
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RE: Southern Air Transport In BNA

Sat Dec 27, 2003 7:35 am

33? dont ya mean 31/13?
 
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RE: Southern Air Transport In BNA

Sat Dec 27, 2003 7:38 am

Rrrrr.... What's 2 degs anyway...  Big grin

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