I have a couple of random IAH questions that have been bugging me for a couple of weeks and months, respectively. I tried to find answers on the web, on the IAH web site, and on this forum, but nothing so far. The latter one dates back to September 13 when I was waiting to board a flight to GIG. I noticed on the flight board in Terminal E an "Air France" flight scheduled to depart from D9 at 2:30 a.m. The flight number did not match one of the two daily AFs, so it was not a delay. There was no aircraft at the gate at the time as it was still more than 6 hours before the scheduled departure. In the Presidents Club I looked at the IAH web site flight status inquiry and the AF web site flight status inquiry, but both showed no flight matching the flight number or time shown on the board. Any one have any idea what this would have been? Even for a one-off charter or something, 2:30 a.m. seems like an awfully odd departure time.
The second question: what is the DC-10 that parks next to the Sonair World DC-10 over by the FedEx terminal? I've seen it twice now in the past few weeks but each time I have been unable to see the full livery or writing; just the tail (which has something that looks a little bit like a Nike swoosh surrounding a solid circle, both are either red or dark orange). I'm sure someone can answer this one in a heartbeat.