Ua 747sp's?

Sat Aug 04, 2001 12:21 pm

what ever happened to the 747sp's that united had in service at on time?
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RE: Ua 747sp's?

Sat Aug 04, 2001 12:51 pm

21022/265 N140UA scrapped 1996 Ardmore, OK
21023/268 N141UA scrapped 11/94 Ardmore, OK
21024/270 N142UA to Ardmore 11/95 (scrapped 1996)
21025/273 N143UA scrapped 1995 Ardmore, OK
21026/286 N144UA wfu 1994 scrapped 1997 Ardmore
21441/306 N145UA wfu 10/94 (disposition unknown but wfu)
21547/325 N146UA wfu 5/94 MZJ (intact)
21548/341 N147UA wfu LAS 10/94, to MZJ 11/95 (intact)
21648/367 N148UA RT FSBU 10/95 and to Worldwide Aircraft Holding (Bermuda) as VR-BAT, later VP-BAT (still flying ?)
21649/373 N149UA now with Bahrain Amiri Flight as A9C-HHH
All of above are SP-21s from PA
21992/447 N150UA now with Omani Royal Flight as A40-SP
This is the SP-27 also from PA

I think I got them all. Hope it answers your question.

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RE: Ua 747sp's?

Sat Aug 04, 2001 2:21 pm

What routes were these used on? Any domestic routes?
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RE: Ua 747sp's?

Sat Aug 04, 2001 9:33 pm

N145UA has been converted to the SOFIA flying telescope platform for NASA. I believe UA's SPs were used to Tokyo and Hong Kong only.Maybe Autsralia?
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RE: Ua 747sp's?

Sat Aug 04, 2001 11:24 pm

I belive that they were used on the poloar flights over the north pole. Currently there is 1 left in the fleet at United. Aircrat with nose number 4445 is a 747SP that is being leased to NASA for the SOFIA project. There was a second one that was in the United fleet (not in service), but I belived that was retired or sold off a few months ago. Can anyone confirm that?

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RE: Ua 747sp's?

Sun Aug 05, 2001 12:23 am

They were flown from EWR-NRT and EWR-LHR as well as JFK-LHR and JFK-GIG or GRU. I assume they were flown from SFO and LAX to NRT and HKG, as well as LAX-AKL and LAX-SYD. Occasionally they flew them from EWR-SFO once or twice a week as a placement flight. I miss those things. Glad I got my chance to ride on them years ago from JFK to NRT as Pan Am- "China Clipper" and "Clipper Washington".
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RE: Ua 747sp's?

Sun Aug 05, 2001 12:28 am

The ex-Pan Am 747SP's were flying most of the longer-range transpacific routes for UA for a number of years until the 747-400's replaced them in the early 1990's. I believe the routes were:


While the 747SP's could fly SFO-HKG westbound during the summer with ease, during the winter they often had to refuel somewhere between TPE and FUK due to strong prevailing winds.
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RE: Ua 747sp's?

Sun Aug 05, 2001 1:35 am

They also flew to LHR towards the end of their career with United. I flew LHR-LAX with N144UA in Oct 92. I remember also they flying a LAX-GRU nonstop route for a short while. The last route SPs flew for UA was EWR-LHR which was replaced with the 777. The777Man
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