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James Gandolfini Coffin Jet -- What Is It?

Mon Jun 24, 2013 4:14 am

Lots of photos in the NY media of a "private jet" carrying the actor James Gandolfini's coffin back to the US from Italy.

Underwing engines; almost as big as the guy walking in front of them, not usually what I think of when I think "private jet".

Doesn't look like the CFMs on a Boeing BBJ.

Anybody have any idea what that a/c is and who it belongs to? (Charter service, etc.) Airbus A319 Corporate Jet?

http://www.nypost.com/p/news/nationa...ral_the_way_fDuPmBkNwa2rtiwJ6F8yqN
There's also a night-time shot on the NY Post's cover page today.

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RE: James Gandolfini Coffin Jet -- What Is It?

Mon Jun 24, 2013 4:22 am

Quoting wjcandee (Thread starter):
Airbus A319 Corporate Jet?

Looks like an A320-family. So that's a good guess.
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RE: James Gandolfini Coffin Jet -- What Is It?

Mon Jun 24, 2013 4:27 am

Quoting wjcandee (Thread starter):
Airbus A319 Corporate Jet?

Looks like an A319 to me. The handle is on the left of the door while E Jets have it more towards the center.
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RE: James Gandolfini Coffin Jet -- What Is It?

Mon Jun 24, 2013 4:29 am

looks to be an A32x wingroot to me.

G-NOAH it appears to be.
http://www.acropolis-aviation.com/pdfs/AA-Airbus-1-with-logo.pdf

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RE: James Gandolfini Coffin Jet -- What Is It?

Mon Jun 24, 2013 4:31 am

Looks to be G-NOAH. Same striping and two plugged windows.


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RE: James Gandolfini Coffin Jet -- What Is It?

Mon Jun 24, 2013 4:38 am

Wow. You guys are good.
 
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RE: James Gandolfini Coffin Jet -- What Is It?

Mon Jun 24, 2013 2:30 pm

It's an A319 business jet.
 
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RE: James Gandolfini Coffin Jet -- What Is It?

Mon Jun 24, 2013 3:10 pm

Per the article listed in the link below, aircraft is flown by "Signature Airlines".

http://www.chron.com/entertainment/t...actor-James-Gandolfini-4617440.php

But then I read elsewhere that the plane is from Acropolis Aviation.
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RE: James Gandolfini Coffin Jet -- What Is It?

Mon Jun 24, 2013 3:44 pm

Quoting indcwby (Reply 7):

Per the article listed in the link below, aircraft is flown by "Signature Airlines".

That's odd. I agree that the plane is G-NOAH, flown by UK-Based Acropolis Aviation. I'm pretty sure Acropolis Aviation has its own pilots, and I know that they use the callsign "ACROPOLIS." Additionally, who is "Signature Airlines"? I only know of Signature Flight Support (who do have a location at EWR, but AFAIK not at FCO).
 
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RE: James Gandolfini Coffin Jet -- What Is It?

Mon Jun 24, 2013 5:03 pm

Quoting UA787DEN (Reply 8):

There are Signature Flight Support locations in the UK (LTN for example).
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RE: James Gandolfini Coffin Jet -- What Is It?

Mon Jun 24, 2013 6:17 pm

G-NOAH is Acropolis Aviation out of EGLF.
 
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RE: James Gandolfini Coffin Jet -- What Is It?

Mon Jun 24, 2013 6:18 pm

PS It would have been easy to determine and/or verify if the owners of G-NOAH hadn't put it on the do not track list. Is there an online tool that tracks at least the Europe portion anyway?
 
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RE: James Gandolfini Coffin Jet -- What Is It?

Mon Jun 24, 2013 6:19 pm

So could this be one of those moments when the media gets it wrong?
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RE: James Gandolfini Coffin Jet -- What Is It?

Mon Jun 24, 2013 6:24 pm

Sorry to be late to the, um, funeral, but why were Mr Gandolfini's remains returned via a chartered Airbus, rather than aboard a scheduled flight?
 
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RE: James Gandolfini Coffin Jet -- What Is It?

Mon Jun 24, 2013 6:25 pm

It mentions in the article UA had a role in clearing up some of the red tape to ship the body back. I wonder if that was just getting a slot at EWR or what other role UA had in getting this pushed through.
 
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RE: James Gandolfini Coffin Jet -- What Is It?

Mon Jun 24, 2013 6:58 pm

Quoting gingersnap (Reply 9):
There are Signature Flight Support locations in the UK (LTN for example).

I know. I don't think there's one at FCO though.

Quoting LV (Reply 14):
wonder if that was just getting a slot at EWR

That seems likely. Departure/Arrival slots for the jet, maybe lending services of their ground staff (and maybe whatever FBO they use there also). In the first picture from the article the thread starter linked to, does anyone know what is on the back of the vests of the ground crew?

As far as Signature Airlines goes, the article no longer mentions them. So it was probably...

Quoting indcwby (Reply 12):
one of those moments when the media gets it wrong
 
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RE: James Gandolfini Coffin Jet -- What Is It?

Mon Jun 24, 2013 7:27 pm

Quoting VC10DC10 (Reply 13):
Sorry to be late to the, um, funeral, but why were Mr Gandolfini's remains returned via a chartered Airbus, rather than aboard a scheduled flight?

Because he was a very wealthy, well connected person who's grieving family wanted it that way. Pretty straight forward. Happens all the time.

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RE: James Gandolfini Coffin Jet -- What Is It?

Mon Jun 24, 2013 7:33 pm

There was probably a group of relatives, management, etc., travelling as well. And the inside of that aircraft is pretty nice for the group.
 
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RE: James Gandolfini Coffin Jet -- What Is It?

Mon Jun 24, 2013 9:23 pm

Quoting wjcandee (Reply 17):
There was probably a group of relatives, management, etc., travelling as well.

Excerpt from NY Times item today.
http://artsbeat.blogs.nytimes.com/20...t-st-john-the-divine-in-manhattan/

Michael Kobold, a spokesman for the Gandolfini family, thanked former President Bill Clinton and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton in a statement on Sunday morning for their help in expediting the process of repatriating the body to the United States, which can normally take seven to ten days.
 
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RE: James Gandolfini Coffin Jet -- What Is It?

Mon Jun 24, 2013 10:59 pm

Just askin': A "coffin jet"?   

Where did you get that expression from?


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RE: James Gandolfini Coffin Jet -- What Is It?

Mon Jun 24, 2013 11:20 pm

Quoting flyingturtle (Reply 19):
Just askin': A "coffin jet"?

When I think of that expression I think of a Learjet. They're only big enough to be buried in..:-P
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RE: James Gandolfini Coffin Jet -- What Is It?

Tue Jun 25, 2013 12:19 am

Coffin Jet = Jet On Which Coffin Was Carried

Hard to fit on a headline.

I thought of, "Would You Please Be Kind Enough To Tell Me, If You Know, The Identity Of The Aircraft On Which The Late Actor James Gandolfini's Coffin Was Transported From Italy To These United States?"

That was too big.
 
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RE: James Gandolfini Coffin Jet -- What Is It?

Tue Jun 25, 2013 12:26 am

First Whitney, now Jimmy? Boy, Jersey does go a bit over the top when it comes to dead celebrities.
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RE: James Gandolfini Coffin Jet -- What Is It?

Tue Jun 25, 2013 2:30 am

Quoting rwy04lga (Reply 22):
First Whitney, now Jimmy? Boy, Jersey does go a bit over the top when it comes to dead celebrities.

And the reference to airliners or the thread in this redeeming post is...what exactly?
 
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RE: James Gandolfini Coffin Jet -- What Is It?

Tue Jun 25, 2013 8:16 pm

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