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737 Low Over CLL? Any Information?

Tue Feb 15, 2005 8:13 am

Howdy A.netters,

I was just sitting in the backyard of my house in College Station enjoying the nice weather today when suddenly a 737 appeared. It was about 3 minutes to five, I think. It flew very low, even lower than the AAEagle Saab 340 that arrived before. Normally we dont have 737's here in CLL.
I cannot really tell you the exact model, but I think it was a 737-600 according to the length of the fuselage. It had no winglets, but some kind of red "L"s on white ground on the rudder. The bottom side of the fuselage seemed to be painted grey.
Can anyone give me some information about that airplane? Is it perhaps a VIP version or a BBJ? What is the maximum airplane size that can land at CLL?

Thank you in advance

Frederik
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RE: 737 Low Over CLL? Any Information?

Tue Feb 15, 2005 8:41 am

There are no 737-600's registered in North America so I highly doubt that that is what you saw...I see CLL's longest runway is 7000 ft. which is plenty for a 737...if you are still there next year, I imagine that CLL receives some larger aircraft during the college football season when teams go to play Texas A&M, but football season is of course over, and a 737 is too large for most college hoops teams, which is the current sport in season...I'd say its a BBJ of some kind...

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RE: 737 Low Over CLL? Any Information?

Tue Feb 15, 2005 8:45 am

7,000X150 is plenty enough for a 737, or even a 767 or larger. It was probably just a BBJ as there aren't any 737-600s in North America.
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RE: 737 Low Over CLL? Any Information?

Tue Feb 15, 2005 9:32 am

Thank you for the info. But does anyone know who owns this aircraft? Sorry, that my description is not more detailed. Or can anyone figure out where it came from or what was the purpose of its visit?
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RE: 737 Low Over CLL? Any Information?

Tue Feb 15, 2005 11:04 am

Hey Guys,

I spent some time searching in the photo database and I think I found what I saw.


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I am pretty sure that it was that aircraft. The two "L"s are easy to remember. Can anyone confirm this?
Why would Lauda Air send one of their 737 to CLL? Or do they have open deliveries from Boeing? Could this be a delivery flight?

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RE: 737 Low Over CLL? Any Information?

Tue Feb 15, 2005 4:12 pm

Frederik-

This is indeed an ex-Lauda Air 737 that you saw doing touch and goes at CLL. It is now leased by the United States Navy for training by the reserves. It is here quite often and has been doing training for at least two years. It is a NG model even though I'm not sure which one. Usually they don't stop here in CLL.

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RE: 737 Low Over CLL? Any Information?

Tue Feb 15, 2005 4:16 pm

we are getting SW diversions here in IAH.....HOU is closed to fog...and IAH can't be far behind...maybe a 60ft visual right now.....there were 5 SW plaens here as of now....I had to move our equip. off our A gates so they could park some there.
 
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RE: 737 Low Over CLL? Any Information?

Tue Feb 15, 2005 4:17 pm

Amen on the weather. I think it was nearly 80 today in SPS. Another warm one tomorrow, and then turning cooler.
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RE: 737 Low Over CLL? Any Information?

Tue Feb 15, 2005 9:59 pm

Thanks Fourstripe,

thats exactly what I wanted to know. It is always good to have somebody in the forum working at the local airport. I hope we meet one day before I leave again.
And yes, the weather was really fine the last days. And I guess it will be fine today also. So everybody enjoy it.

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RE: 737 Low Over CLL? Any Information?

Wed Feb 16, 2005 9:46 am

Believe it or not, in 2002, a British Airways 777 carrying British Prime Minister Tony Blair landed at Easterwood airport (CLL). He came to speak at the Bush library. I personally videotaped it. http://www.airsidetv.com
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RE: 737 Low Over CLL? Any Information?

Wed Feb 16, 2005 10:06 am

Jhooper,

I have hard time finding the clip. Could you please post the direct link?

I just can't believe I missed B777 landing here. We had to leave the building when Blair visited us due to security, and nobody told me about a 777. I can't believe it. How can't people appreciate this beauty's visit?

I work in Bush Bldg (now Allen Bldg), and I saw this B737 several times, and of course had no clue what it was doing here. Anyway it's nice to see anything bigger than Saab 340, EMB120 or ERJ145.

BTW, there is something I find extremely funny about CLL. The sign that shows: All Airlines... And there are as many as two.

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RE: 737 Low Over CLL? Any Information?

Wed Feb 16, 2005 12:34 pm

Wow, hard to believe a 777 can land here in CLL. Unfortunately I cannot find the video either. Please post a better link, I need to see it in order to believe it.
However, I think a 777 at mtow wouldnt make it, would it?

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RE: 737 Low Over CLL? Any Information?

Wed Feb 16, 2005 1:00 pm

see if this works for you...

mms://ds9.dhsnow.com/AirsideTV2/archive-tonyblairb777200.wmv

otherwise, just go to http://www.airsidetv.com and click on "Scene Library" under "Archive Functions". Then under "Commericial", click on "jet". I think it's clip 95 of 106.
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RE: 737 Low Over CLL? Any Information?

Wed Feb 16, 2005 1:11 pm

Thanks man.

Amazing! I would definitely lose a bet...

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RE: 737 Low Over CLL? Any Information?

Wed Feb 16, 2005 1:15 pm

Great video, thanks. Does anybody know how long the runway must be for a 772?
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RE: 737 Low Over CLL? Any Information?

Wed Feb 16, 2005 1:38 pm

The Navy has one of those (and a few others) 737s at Tinker for TACAMO flight deck training. We don't fly transition training at CLL in the E-3 but I am not sure what the Boeing contractors do for the navy.


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RE: 737 Low Over CLL? Any Information?

Wed Feb 16, 2005 1:42 pm

>There are no 737-600's registered in North America<

Westjet just went out to see if someone took their 736's and registered them somewhere other than North America. :?

>we are getting SW diversions here in IAH. HOU is closed to fog...and IAH can't be far behind...maybe a 60ft visual right now.....there were 5 SW plaens here as of now....<

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