ASTROJET707
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MD11-DC10&B742 At San Antonio

Sun Jun 06, 2004 1:20 pm

On 06/04/04 I was at SAT flying back to DFW and spotted one Saudi MD11 with engines sealed, one DC-10 which appeared to be a former Iberian jet and an all white B742 with G-??VM registration. Can anyone provide information about these aircraft? Thanks.

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N243NW
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RE: MD11-DC10&B742 At San Antonio

Sun Jun 06, 2004 1:53 pm

Hi 707-
I have seen all of these aircraft you have described during a recent trip to SAT, but can't figure out what they're all doing there. The MD-11 you described, HZ-HM7, has been a Saudi Arabian royal aircraft, but it seems that by the long time it has been sitting at SAT, it probably isn't a visit from the royal family. Here's a picture of both of the mentioned three-holers:

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Also, I'd be willing to bet the 742 is an ex-VS bird, since I've seen pictures of other retired 742s from VS flying into SAT. Not sure, though. I'd like to find out this stuff too!
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RE: MD11-DC10&B742 At San Antonio

Sun Jun 06, 2004 2:17 pm

Hello N234NW,

Thanks for the info and photos. Interesting you should mention VS because the white B742 has read letters-"Boeing 747".

Thanks

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RE: MD11-DC10&B742 At San Antonio

Sun Jun 06, 2004 2:18 pm

SAT has a few heavy maintence facilities for larger aircraft. I believe it's BF Goodrich, but would have to check on that. They have 3 large hangers capable of multiple heavies each. Until recently I flew there every few months and worked in a biz building across the street from the facilities. Always neat to look out my office window and see what they were working on that week.
 
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RE: MD11-DC10&B742 At San Antonio

Sun Jun 06, 2004 2:25 pm

In 2003 I saw many UA B735s and B733s. Were these jets in for heavy maintenance or purchased by other carriers or being sent off to the desert?

For a while there were NW B72S after they were taken out of regular service.

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VectorVictor
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RE: MD11-DC10&B742 At San Antonio

Sun Jun 06, 2004 2:34 pm

This is the best info I've got...

The ex Virgin bird came to San Antonio anticipating a paint job to European Air Lines. EAL shuttered operations (from what I understand) so its fate is unknown - probably headed to Arizona/California.

The Saudia Arabian plane is there being outfitted/enhanced for its role with the Saudi Royal flight. This is the same facility that outfitted the Chinese government 767 - full of bugs so say the Chinese.

No word on the Iberia a/c. Probably arrived to be painted for a new operator. San Antonio Aerospace, this facility, has some high profile customers including Southwest, UPS, Delta, NW and many others.

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RE: MD11-DC10&B742 At San Antonio

Mon Jun 07, 2004 2:27 am

I believe it's BF Goodrich
Not sure, but I think its Dee Howard's or as VectorVictor mentioned, San Antonio Aerospace.


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RE: MD11-DC10&B742 At San Antonio

Mon Jun 07, 2004 3:04 am

Hi,

Not sure about the others but I think the B742 is G-VRUM. This aircraft has been sitting forlornly in Mojave for a couple of years since being retired by VS. (with the possible exception of a couple of months doing some hadj flying).
I suspect this aircraft will be ferried back to Mojave as it's new owner, European Aviation, has ceased all B747 ops. G-VCAT was also ferried through SAT from MHV a few months ago for the same reasons. I believe she now sits in an all white scheme at LGW, having almost seen revenue service again, only to be let down by her new operator at the last minute - shame  Crying


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RE: MD11-DC10&B742 At San Antonio

Mon Jun 07, 2004 3:16 am

Dee Howard's or as VectorVictor mentioned, San Antonio Aerospace.

Used to be Dee Howard. They went belly up. It's now

http://www.staero.aero/amm_saa.html
 
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RE: MD11-DC10&B742 At San Antonio

Mon Jun 07, 2004 4:27 am

Here some more pictures:

Here is the Saudi MD-11

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B747 (G-VRUM)

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I am not sure but I want to say that they are all being worked on the San Antonio Aerospace facility.

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