I was based primarily JFK
with PanAm... and yes I flew the SP
a few times, we did JFK
to BAH direct flights... but then, the SPs went to UAL when they acquired the Pacific Division. Then funny, 4 years ago, I did a ferry-delivery flight from Victorville to Brisbane of a 747SP-27, I had not been in a SP
for over 12-13 years ago. Empty (just full fuel), that bird performed like a real homesick angel. SPs were always "fun" to fly, somewhat like 720Bs were...
Very little difference in the flight deck with an SP
, there is no flaps 25 position, it goes from flaps 20 to flaps 30. (Landing is always flaps 30 in SPs).
As for the fuel, they have 9 tanks rather than 7 as found on the 100s and the older 200s. At a later time, 200s and 300s had an option for 9 tanks like the SP
(even 10 tanks!). If you research old posts of mine, you can find quite a bit of info about the SP
As a matter of fact, I am supposed to fly that SP
again in the near future, to deliver it to West Africa, it is located at CGK
airport presently. A recent thread deletion about that subject caused a little upheaval... I will not try to mention it again... entaõ cuidate de coisas politicas e mensajes personais aqui, mi filho...!