I walked out of my classroom this morning about 10:05 AM Pacific time, and saw a rather unusual sight. A DC-10 was head west, but more at an angle towards North Island Naval Air Station than to runway 27. Before I could get a good look at who owns this somewhat unusual visitor to the city, it banked to the right and headed off in the distance for SAN.
The problem is, I could not tell who owns this DC-10. There were no winglets, so I know it wasn't an MD-11. Here's the best description I can give of it:
Photo © Stephan Klos Pugatch
This is what I thought it was originally, however, the plane I saw had several noticeable differences - the engine cowlings were white, and the entire fuselage were Eurowhite with no airline markings I could see.
The Arrow Air green was painted in a form very similar to the Fed Ex DC-10:
Photo © M.J. Scanlon
Inside the green on the tail was a blue circle that was white on the inside with a logo painted in.
I have never seen anything other than Fed Ex flying DC-10's into SAN. This is a most unusual visitor - can anyone help identify this plane for me?
Thanks in advance - and happy flying to all!!