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Re: SoCal Boneyard Storage and Activity Thread

Thu May 21, 2020 2:24 pm

Looks like the Swift Air 737-800 (N820TJ) that passed through VCV the other day lost (a small) part of its tail in flight on the VCV-SAN leg. :shock:

https://www.instagram.com/p/CAbkRsnhQNo/?hl=en
https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/ ... edit#gid=0

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Re: SoCal Boneyard Storage and Activity Thread

Fri May 22, 2020 4:00 pm

Korean Air 737MAX8 HL8349 (LN7578) flying PAE-VCV today (May 22) for storage, arrival 1:02PM.

https://www.flightradar24.com/data/flights/boe352
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Re: SoCal Boneyard Storage and Activity Thread

Sat May 23, 2020 3:43 am

Ameristar DC-9-15RC N783TW scheduled on ELP-SBD tonight as 7Z9817, arrival scheduled for 11:31PM tonight (May 22, 2020). Possibly for storage, but more likely a charter.

https://www.flightradar24.com/data/flights/7z9817
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Re: SoCal Boneyard Storage and Activity Thread

Sat May 23, 2020 4:51 am

USAF C-5M 86-0015 flew MEM-PMD-??? (currently en route) today, May 22, 2020 as RCH313T.

https://www.radarbox.com/data/flights/RCH313T
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Re: SoCal Boneyard Storage and Activity Thread

Sat May 23, 2020 3:23 pm

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Ameristar DC-9-15RC N783TW scheduled on ELP-SBD tonight as 7Z9817, arrival scheduled for 11:31PM tonight (May 22, 2020). Possibly for storage, but more likely a charter.

https://www.flightradar24.com/data/flights/7z9817


Left at around 3AM, apparently. Anyone get any photos? (That was sarcasm.)
 
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Re: SoCal Boneyard Storage and Activity Thread

Sat May 23, 2020 3:24 pm

Ameristar DC-9-15RC N783TW departed SBD at 3:01AM local for MCI as 7Z9817.

https://www.flightradar24.com/data/aircraft/n783tw
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Re: SoCal Boneyard Storage and Activity Thread

Sat May 23, 2020 8:02 pm

Looks like the duo of American Eagle CRJ-900ERs will be leaving VCV tomorrow (Sunday May 24) at 1:30PM local. Anyone know why they were here? Unlikely for maintenance as AA have their own MX bases. I doubt they’d want to spend money on a repaint. Possible charter??? AA9883 is N944LR headed to PHX, while AA9884 is N945LR headed to ELP.

https://www.flightradar24.com/data/flights/aa9883
https://www.flightradar24.com/data/flights/aa9884
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Re: SoCal Boneyard Storage and Activity Thread

Sat May 23, 2020 9:23 pm

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Atlas Air 747s usually visit MZJ, is this a confirmed retirement or a standard visit?


Wasn't this plane just taken out of storage recently?


Yes, according to planespotters it was taken out of storage on April 26, 2020.

https://www.planespotters.net/airframe/ ... air/3wn2k3


Standard visit. Plane is in Honolulu now after routing through the Pacific Rim on most likely military flights.
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Re: SoCal Boneyard Storage and Activity Thread

Sat May 23, 2020 10:39 pm

Looks like work is continuing on Stratolaunch at MHV during the pandemic. Can't wait to see some test flights later this year! :bouncy:

https://twitter.com/Stratolaunch/status ... 8272049153

Side note: Virgin Orbit launch window opens tomorrow at MHV (Sunday May 24) at 10AM.
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Re: SoCal Boneyard Storage and Activity Thread

Sun May 24, 2020 1:16 am

Virgin Orbit 747-400 N744VG has filed as OBT01 for tomorrow’s test launch out of MHV, departure is 9:10AM local, arrival back at MHV will be 10:18AM local.

https://flightaware.com/live/flight/OBT ... /KMHV/KMHV
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Re: SoCal Boneyard Storage and Activity Thread

Sun May 24, 2020 5:57 am

VCVSpotter wrote:
Looks like the duo of American Eagle CRJ-900ERs will be leaving VCV tomorrow (Sunday May 24) at 1:30PM local. Anyone know why they were here? Unlikely for maintenance as AA have their own MX bases. I doubt they’d want to spend money on a repaint. Possible charter??? AA9883 is N944LR headed to PHX, while AA9884 is N945LR headed to ELP.

https://www.flightradar24.com/data/flights/aa9883
https://www.flightradar24.com/data/flights/aa9884


Other way around, N944LR flew ELP-VCV on May 18 and will fly VCV-ELP tomorrow and N945LR flew DFW-VCV on May 19 and flies back to PHX tomorrow, the 24th. These are both Mesa aircraft so I'm not sure why one is going to ELP but the one going back to PHX could very well be headed to temporary parking at the Mesa Hangar on the north side unless it will re enter service. They are not big airplanes and it is too late to drive to VCV, I live about 3 miles away, I'd guess they came in to get either a new coat of AA Eagle paint or in to the much more bland Mesa house livery, white with a black tail that says Mesa on it.
 
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Re: SoCal Boneyard Storage and Activity Thread

Sun May 24, 2020 6:01 am

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Looks like the duo of American Eagle CRJ-900ERs will be leaving VCV tomorrow (Sunday May 24) at 1:30PM local. Anyone know why they were here? Unlikely for maintenance as AA have their own MX bases. I doubt they’d want to spend money on a repaint. Possible charter??? AA9883 is N944LR headed to PHX, while AA9884 is N945LR headed to ELP.

https://www.flightradar24.com/data/flights/aa9883
https://www.flightradar24.com/data/flights/aa9884


Other way around, N944LR flew ELP-VCV on May 18 and will fly VCV-ELP tomorrow and N945LR flew DFW-VCV on May 19 and flies back to PHX tomorrow, the 24th. These are both Mesa aircraft so I'm not sure why one is going to ELP but the one going back to PHX could very well be headed to temporary parking at the Mesa Hangar on the north side unless it will re enter service. They are not big airplanes and it is too late to drive to VCV, I live about 3 miles away, I'd guess they came in to get either a new coat of AA Eagle paint or in to the much more bland Mesa house livery, white with a black tail that says Mesa on it.


Wow, it looks like AA switched the planes’ flight #s compared to the inbound, thx for the correction. They’re leaving tomorrow (Sunday May 24), so as of now (Saturday night) not too late lol.
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Re: SoCal Boneyard Storage and Activity Thread

Sun May 24, 2020 6:13 am

VCVSpotter wrote:
FX1816 wrote:
VCVSpotter wrote:
Looks like the duo of American Eagle CRJ-900ERs will be leaving VCV tomorrow (Sunday May 24) at 1:30PM local. Anyone know why they were here? Unlikely for maintenance as AA have their own MX bases. I doubt they’d want to spend money on a repaint. Possible charter??? AA9883 is N944LR headed to PHX, while AA9884 is N945LR headed to ELP.

https://www.flightradar24.com/data/flights/aa9883
https://www.flightradar24.com/data/flights/aa9884


Other way around, N944LR flew ELP-VCV on May 18 and will fly VCV-ELP tomorrow and N945LR flew DFW-VCV on May 19 and flies back to PHX tomorrow, the 24th. These are both Mesa aircraft so I'm not sure why one is going to ELP but the one going back to PHX could very well be headed to temporary parking at the Mesa Hangar on the north side unless it will re enter service. They are not big airplanes and it is too late to drive to VCV, I live about 3 miles away, I'd guess they came in to get either a new coat of AA Eagle paint or in to the much more bland Mesa house livery, white with a black tail that says Mesa on it.


Wow, it looks like AA switched the planes’ flight #s compared to the inbound, thx for the correction. They’re leaving tomorrow (Sunday May 24), so as of now (Saturday night) not too late lol.


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Re: SoCal Boneyard Storage and Activity Thread

Sun May 24, 2020 3:28 pm

Due to a minor sensor issue, Virgin Orbit is scrubbed for today.

https://mobile.twitter.com/Virgin_Orbit ... 1428627456
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Re: SoCal Boneyard Storage and Activity Thread

Sun May 24, 2020 9:23 pm

Based off of the starting position (initial adsb on position), it looks like N944LR and N945LR WERE at VCV for paint :shock: Amazed they would ‘waste’ money like that, especially this far into COVID. I get that there are contracts and things like that, but US has been on lockdown for months. Surely they would’ve figured out a better use of those funds?? :roll:
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Re: SoCal Boneyard Storage and Activity Thread

Sun May 24, 2020 9:53 pm

VCVSpotter wrote:
Based off of the starting position (initial adsb on position), it looks like N944LR and N945LR WERE at VCV for paint :shock: Amazed they would ‘waste’ money like that, especially this far into COVID. I get that there are contracts and things like that, but US has been on lockdown for months. Surely they would’ve figured out a better use of those funds?? :roll:


Any idea yet what paint scheme they went into?
 
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Re: SoCal Boneyard Storage and Activity Thread

Sun May 24, 2020 10:09 pm

bmibaby737 wrote:
VCVSpotter wrote:
Based off of the starting position (initial adsb on position), it looks like N944LR and N945LR WERE at VCV for paint :shock: Amazed they would ‘waste’ money like that, especially this far into COVID. I get that there are contracts and things like that, but US has been on lockdown for months. Surely they would’ve figured out a better use of those funds?? :roll:


Any idea yet what paint scheme they went into?


No, sorry. FX1816 suggested a few posts up thread that they could be repainted into the current scheme (so just a paint touch up), or the black and white Mesa livery.
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Re: SoCal Boneyard Storage and Activity Thread

Mon May 25, 2020 3:04 am

Looks like Virgin Orbit has rescheduled their launch attempt window for tomorrow (Monday May 25) at MHV between 10AM and 2PM local time.

https://mobile.twitter.com/Virgin_Orbit ... 6852006912
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Re: SoCal Boneyard Storage and Activity Thread

Mon May 25, 2020 6:25 am

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Looks like the Swift Air 737-800 (N820TJ) that passed through VCV the other day lost (a small) part of its tail in flight on the VCV-SAN leg. :shock:

https://www.instagram.com/p/CAbkRsnhQNo/?hl=en

That’s a massive part of the vertical stabilizer. I’m shocked this isn’t making more news

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