|Quoting Johnclipper (Reply 13):|
I don't think UA ever send those TriStar 500s to DEN. I believe they all stayed based in SFO to run OSA/NRT/PEK/SHA/TPE/SEL. They pretty much mirrored the PA routes they they flew
In the case of UA807/808; DEN
, the trans-Pacific portion was usually a 747 or L10, the LAX
portion a 727.
If the 727 went mechanical, it might have been an equipment substitution for many reasons; maybe over-booked, who knows...
It was never a scheduled visitor to anyplace east of LAX
....I don't even remember SEA
The one thing that is true though, was the diversity of United's fleet at the time!
Widebodies included the 747, DC-10, L1011 and 767.
Narrowbodies included the 727, 737, 757, and DC-8.
|Quoting B744F (Reply 5):|
I almost crashed in one in the mid 80s. It took off from Denver Intl, and right after takeoff the headwind was so strong the airplane barely was moving forward. A person in the seat across was a pilot and said he'd never seen that before and was not sure how we survived.
I would bet he was pulling your leg.
A United L1011 in Denver while true would have been an anomaly for UA
pilots...an unfamilar type in unfamilar territory, I will concur there was probably no danger posed to crew and passengers.