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RobK
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FDX A310 Enroute Bangor-Shannon

Sun Dec 05, 2004 11:45 pm

Hi all,

Might be of interest to someone :

'FDX9064' KBGR-EINN A310 just coming up to 53n040w at FL270. Might be something interesting?

Cheers,

Rob K

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RE: FDX A310 Enroute Bangor-Shannon

Mon Dec 06, 2004 12:25 am

Not really. Many times when I was based in BGR I would see A310's passing through on their way for MODs and paint. I think FDX gets their planes MOD'd somewhere overseas. I would see an older, badly needing paint A310 pass through, then a few months later the same plane would pass back through in full FDX colors looking brand new.
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RE: FDX A310 Enroute Bangor-Shannon

Mon Dec 06, 2004 2:53 am

Sorry,  Insane  Sad thought it might have been interesting for someone.

 Sad

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RE: FDX A310 Enroute Bangor-Shannon

Mon Dec 06, 2004 3:54 am

Its interesting to me  Smile/happy/getting dizzy

knew some of the pilots who ferried the 727s back stateside a few years ago

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RE: FDX A310 Enroute Bangor-Shannon

Mon Dec 06, 2004 2:26 pm

Rob-

Don't take it too hard. Maybe I just became jaded working at BGR just through the shear volume of odd, ferrying, diversions and VIP aircraft I would see on a near daily basis.
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RE: FDX A310 Enroute Bangor-Shannon

Mon Dec 06, 2004 3:14 pm

A Bangor-Shannon routing makes it seem like the A310 is trying to make the shortest possible crossing of the Atlantic. Perhaps it has an especially heavy load?

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RE: FDX A310 Enroute Bangor-Shannon

Sat Dec 18, 2004 3:14 am

All,

It was A310 N853CH. Flight-planned to carry on to EDDC on 6/12/04 using same callsign.

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RE: FDX A310 Enroute Bangor-Shannon

Sat Dec 18, 2004 10:36 am

I bet Fed-Ex was sending the plane across with a cargo load, as they wanted to make money all the way. Otherwise, an empty A310 would not have had to make that short hop
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RE: FDX A310 Enroute Bangor-Shannon

Sat Dec 18, 2004 12:45 pm

www.flytecomm.com has been showing several FE A310s from Marana, AZ to Bangor and then on the Shannon. My guess: stored aircraft coming out of mothballs to serve the Christmas rush overseas.

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RE: FDX A310 Enroute Bangor-Shannon

Sat Dec 18, 2004 5:49 pm

RobK, keep those rare and/or delivery flights coming.

Are you using a different software or.. the usual flight trackers, if so which one? Can't remember right now which plane it was but there was a departure that I saw the other day that FBOweb didn't show. So there are flights that just don't show up.
 
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RE: FDX A310 Enroute Bangor-Shannon

Sat Dec 18, 2004 8:28 pm

Miamix, I use a number of sources.

My main interest is in selcals, but I'm also very interested in delivery/interesting ferry flights, particularly across the Atlantic and Pacific.

I use AirNav Live Flight Tracker v.3 which is okay-ish, Aeroseek as back-up where ANLFT3 doesn't list the destinations or aircraft types and FBOweb for the biz.

Additionally, I have a number of 'inside' contacts in New Zealand and also a number of same in the UK and parts of the continent who pass along interesting movements/flight-plans to me.

I work away from home quite a bit so there's a lot I miss but I'll happily pass along anything of interest when I am here.

Cheers,

Rob K  Smile
 
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RE: FDX A310 Enroute Bangor-Shannon

Sun Dec 19, 2004 6:50 am

Cool, I've seen a few delivery flights myself, but when I've one to the airport half of the time they were all white aircraft like a South African 767-200 and a European 732. I was glad when the latter showed up but very disappointed it was all-white and untitled.

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RE: FDX A310 Enroute Bangor-Shannon

Sun Dec 19, 2004 10:51 pm

N853CH c/n 378 A310-324
ferried 12/06/04 to Dresden for conversion to freighter.
So there was no cargo onboard.

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RE: FDX A310 Enroute Bangor-Shannon

Mon Dec 20, 2004 4:20 am

For conversion to freighter? Hmmm. That tells me that it was someone else's stored A310 in Arizona that FedEx bought, then flew to BGR and Shannon under their own ID. If it was a true FedEx A310 then it already would be a freighter...not being sent someplace to be converted to one.
 
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RE: FDX A310 Enroute Bangor-Shannon

Mon Dec 20, 2004 4:32 am

Yes Chris,

It was ferried from storage to be converted from pax to cargo and will return westbound after conversion to enter revenue service with FDX.

Cheers,

Rob K  Big grin
 
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RE: FDX A310 Enroute Bangor-Shannon

Mon Dec 20, 2004 4:37 am

You are correct, sir.  Smile


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RE: FDX A310 Enroute Bangor-Shannon

Mon Dec 20, 2004 5:21 am

ChrisNH-

This is really not that newsworthy and shocking. In my 6 years based at BGR I saw an easy dozen or so A310's looking just like that picture above pass through on their way overseas for conversion. A month or so later, back it would pass in full FDX colors with a big new cargo door installed. I wish digital cameras were available back then... I'd have quite the scrapebook.
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RE: FDX A310 Enroute Bangor-Shannon

Mon Dec 20, 2004 11:22 pm

Not too sure were the A310's or 727's go too be convert too frieghter, but as a former C & D check rep with SY, we had a few of our DC10's checks done at GYR, were the facility there was also converting old AA, UAL & Hawaiian 10's too frieghters that had been ferried there for storage and bought up by
FedEx.

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