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UAL Fleet History Photo Essay

Sun Mar 04, 2012 12:50 am

Interesting photo collection of the United fleet over the years in the Chicago Tribune. I spotted a couple of obvious errors in the descriptions, see what you think:


http://www.chicagotribune.com/busine...es-pictures,0,5917200.photogallery
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RE: UAL Fleet History Photo Essay

Sun Mar 04, 2012 1:19 am

Very cool pics. "Executive Flights" for men only? Didn't know United had this sort of thing. Looks like a Caravelle. Also, in pic 11 the PanAm logo is being painted over by a guy with a paint roller? Always thought they sprayed the paint on. Funny.
 
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RE: UAL Fleet History Photo Essay

Sun Mar 04, 2012 1:20 am

Loved the low shot of the passengers disembarking from the back of the 727. Plus all the great shots of the DC-8s

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RE: UAL Fleet History Photo Essay

Sun Mar 04, 2012 1:57 am

Great Photos;
When I was a young boy, my father used to take me to the airport in Stockton, CA to see the UA flight, I think it was a 340 like in the photo. Later on, UA used the 737-200 on Central Valley routes. I had the privilege to fly on one of UA´s early 747s in 1971 from JFK to SFO; the DC-10 from SFO to ORD and from SFO to BOS, and a number of there 727 flights. I will fly UA again this coming July, a booked CO reward trip from SAN to Belize City.
 
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RE: UAL Fleet History Photo Essay

Sun Mar 04, 2012 3:36 am

Quoting 26point2 (Reply 1):
in pic 11 the PanAm logo is being painted over by a guy with a paint roller? Always thought they sprayed the paint on.

IIRC the L-1011 was in temporary hybrid colors for a short period of time. They had the UA titles and the tulip on the tail with the PA blue stripe until they were repainted.

May UA reconfigure all widebodies to resemble those found in pictures 4 and 5.  
 
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RE: UAL Fleet History Photo Essay

Sun Mar 04, 2012 2:09 pm

Quoting bohica (Reply 4):
IIRC the L-1011 was in temporary hybrid colors for a short period of time. They had the UA titles and the tulip on the tail with the PA blue stripe until they were repainted.

Actually - several appeared in the full orange/red/blue colours  http://www.airliners.net/photo/Unite...d=c453e0f1577e234f1a138715f152e525
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RE: UAL Fleet History Photo Essay

Sun Mar 04, 2012 2:16 pm

where was the Caravelle? the Stretch-8? the 777?

They were certailnly "more " of UAL history than 6 L1011's were for a couple or 3 years.
 
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RE: UAL Fleet History Photo Essay

Sun Mar 04, 2012 2:35 pm

The 1940s wooden mock up of a DC-8 is not the late 1950s designed Douglas jetliner. Douglas had a twin engine tail pusher design in 1939 (the engines were mounted below the wings mid-fuselarge with drive shafts driving countra-rotating propellers on the tail), but it was so expensive for airlines of the time they could not afford it. The DC-8 Propeller airliner would have carried 48 passengers (considered a very large capacity at the time) some 2,000 nm at aster the the about 240 mph, much faster than the DC-3 and almost as fast as the B-17B/C.
 
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RE: UAL Fleet History Photo Essay

Sun Mar 04, 2012 4:07 pm

Quoting Tan Flyr (Reply 6):

Caravelle in pic 6....I think. Interior shot of the Men Only flight.
 
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RE: UAL Fleet History Photo Essay

Sun Mar 04, 2012 4:53 pm

Quoting Tan Flyr (Reply 6):

They were certainly "more " of UAL history than 6 L1011's were for a couple or 3 years.

I've got to admit -- back in my Allegheny Airlines days, I thought United flew planes like Allegheny -- just with more engines.



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RE: UAL Fleet History Photo Essay

Sun Mar 04, 2012 6:20 pm

Quoting Tan Flyr (Reply 6):
where was the Caravelle? the Stretch-8? the 777?

They were certailnly "more " of UAL history than 6 L1011's were for a couple or 3 years.

Relax, it's just a fun article/photo collection that celebrates UA's history, if you really wanted an in-depth historical look at the airline then go buy a book or research it on the web.  
 
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RE: UAL Fleet History Photo Essay

Sun Mar 04, 2012 8:47 pm

I found the last photo interesting, how they were disembarking out the back of the plane, below the tail. Don't most planes have a pressure bulkhead at the back that would prevent this?
 
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RE: UAL Fleet History Photo Essay

Sun Mar 04, 2012 9:26 pm

The B-727, DC-9, MD-80 all have a hatch that must be opened to exit through the aft pressure bulkhead.

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