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Weird VS Tail In LGW Hangar?

Fri May 13, 2005 4:18 am

Evening all,

Was driving past the LGW hangars today where I saw a VS 747-400 in there. What I found interesting though is half of its tail was white and the rest in VS tail livery ? I was driving past and I couldnt stop and take too much detail, but does anyone know the reason for this half white tail ? Anyone know how long its in the hangar for ? Will try to get a picture for you all if poss.

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RE: Weird VS Tail In LGW Hangar?

Fri May 13, 2005 4:22 am

Maybe its a 747-200 being repainted into a different airlines colours??

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RE: Weird VS Tail In LGW Hangar?

Fri May 13, 2005 4:36 am

If the different colours were split vertically, it could well of been having a new rudder fitted which, as yet, hasn't been painted into VS livery. If it was just the top or bottom of the tail, maybe it could just have bin in the process of being resprayed?

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RE: Weird VS Tail In LGW Hangar?

Fri May 13, 2005 4:40 am

Then again when you add in the SRB factor, it's anyone's guess.
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RE: Weird VS Tail In LGW Hangar?

Fri May 13, 2005 4:45 am

Do you know what type of 747 it was?

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RE: Weird VS Tail In LGW Hangar?

Fri May 13, 2005 4:50 am

Quoting IanatSTN (Reply 2):
If the different colours were split vertically, it could well of been having a new rudder fitted which, as yet, hasn't been painted into VS livery.

It was indeed split in half.
I couldnt have sworn it was a 747-400 but I may be wrong as was only driving past !
I think it was in the BA hangar too, abit hypocritical of Branson.

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RE: Weird VS Tail In LGW Hangar?

Fri May 13, 2005 4:59 am

Quoting B742 (Reply 1):
Maybe its a 747-200 being repainted into a different airlines colours??

My bet would be that it is G-VSSS, the 742 which retired two weeks ago from MAN-MCO operations.
 
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RE: Weird VS Tail In LGW Hangar?

Fri May 13, 2005 5:21 am

Quoting VS747SPUR (Reply 5):
I think it was in the BA hangar too, abit hypocritical of Branson.

Despite the fact that BA/VS are competitors and VS often tries to 'show up' BA, the 2 do co-operate at times. SRB was even known to fly Concorde. And BA is known for helping VS at times...such as using VS slots at LHR until VS could utilise them properly, even though increased VS slots means more competition. It's how business works.
 
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RE: Weird VS Tail In LGW Hangar?

Fri May 13, 2005 5:56 am

I drove past it the other day and it was -SS!
 
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RE: Weird VS Tail In LGW Hangar?

Fri May 13, 2005 6:16 am

Quoting VS747SPUR (Reply 5):
I think it was in the BA hangar too, abit hypocritical of Branson.

It is now the DAS Air hgr
 
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RE: Weird VS Tail In LGW Hangar?

Sun May 15, 2005 5:10 am

hi also the virgin atlantic name has been covered up on the main fuse when i saw it partley out yesterday i belive air atlanta / excel are getting the aircraft ?
 
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RE: Weird VS Tail In LGW Hangar?

Sun May 15, 2005 5:12 am

Quoting Onlysmarties (Reply 10):
air atlanta / excel are getting the aircraft ?

The MAN 742's were leased from Air Atlanta, so I'm guessing it will go back to them.
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RE: Weird VS Tail In LGW Hangar?

Sun May 15, 2005 5:24 am

So we might see the 747-200 in Excel colours pretty soon!

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RE: Weird VS Tail In LGW Hangar?

Sun May 15, 2005 6:27 am

Anyone know where G-VSSS was before Air New Zealand ?

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RE: Weird VS Tail In LGW Hangar?

Sun May 15, 2005 7:12 am

21/06/1981 Air New Zealand ZK-NZX
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12/06/1993 Virgin Atlantic ZK-NZX
01/11/1993 Air New Zealand ZK-NZX
23/05/2000 Virgin Atlantic G-VSSS
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RE: Weird VS Tail In LGW Hangar?

Sun May 15, 2005 7:14 am

Quoting VS747SPUR (Reply 13):
Anyone know where G-VSSS was before Air New Zealand ?

G-VSSS was delivered brand new to ANZ on 21st June 1981 as ZK-NZX. Before joining VS on 22nd May 2000, the only other carrier she flew for was Malaysian, being leased out as 9M-MHG from 17th March 1992 to 28th April 1993.

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RE: Weird VS Tail In LGW Hangar?

Mon May 16, 2005 4:16 am

I think that's the DAS cargo hangar. I've seen VS aircraft in there before that were being converted. Often the VS rudder is left on as it needs to be re rigged and calibrated after painting as its such a finely balanced control. I see DAS cargo Dc10's in the same hangar so I can only guess it belongs to them!

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RE: Weird VS Tail In LGW Hangar?

Mon May 16, 2005 6:24 am

Quoting Matt72033 (Reply 16):
I think that's the DAS cargo hangar. I've seen VS aircraft in there before that were being converted. Often the VS rudder is left on as it needs to be re rigged and calibrated after painting as its such a finely balanced control. I see DAS cargo Dc10's in the same hangar so I can only guess it belongs to them!

I think you are totally correct in this, I wasn't aware that DAS has the hangar now, why do they have this at LGW ? Infact there is one in there now !

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RE: Weird VS Tail In LGW Hangar?

Mon May 16, 2005 6:34 am

Hi , was browsing http://www.v-flyer.com/aircraft.asp and according to this G-VSSS has been sold to Transaero ?
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RE: Weird VS Tail In LGW Hangar?

Mon May 16, 2005 6:49 am

SO noone has photos of this?
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RE: Weird VS Tail In LGW Hangar?

Mon May 16, 2005 5:08 pm

DAS has one of their main bases at LGW now, mostly for maintenence / engineering.

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