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United 747-100 / 200 / SP Fleet

Posted: Mon Sep 09, 2019 8:41 pm
by Transpac787
Hey all,

I recently was given an old United 747 manual from the early 90's, and was intrigued at how varied and non-uniform the fleet was, in terms of weight & engine combinations. Most of the manual is dated 1991, just prior to United buying the 7 ex-QF 747-200's. It's those I'm most interested about, to "fill in the blanks", so to speak.

747-100:

MGTOW of 734.0 and JT9D-3A motors
N4713U-N4717U
N4719U-N4720U
N4727U-N4735U
N154UA
N157UA

MGTOW of 750.0 and JT9D-7A motors
N4718U
N4723U
N153UA
N155UA
N156UA


747-200:

MGTOW of 833.0 and JT9D-7R motors
N151UA
N152UA


747SP:

MGTOW of 696.0 and JT9D-7A motors
N140UA
N141UA
N142UA
N143UA
N144UA
N145UA

MGTOW of 702.0 and JT9D-7A motors
N146UA
N147UA
N148UA
N149UA
N150UA (lone 747SP-27, significantly different from rest of fleet)


So, a few questions, if anyone has any information or insight:

- What were the weights/engines of the 747-200's bought used from Qantas (N158UA to N165UA)??
- Any insight as to why the two subfleets of 741's?? Why some of the ex-AA birds carried -3A motors, and others carried -7A's??
- Why the two different weights of 74L's?? The manual specifically referenced that the late-delivery birds had to be significantly modified in order to get the increase, and it wasn't just a simple paper-change from Boeing for the additional weight.

Any other information that anyone would like to share would be appreciated.

Re: United 747-100 / 200 / SP Fleet

Posted: Mon Sep 09, 2019 9:44 pm
by strfyr51
Transpac787 wrote:
Hey all,

I recently was given an old United 747 manual from the early 90's, and was intrigued at how varied and non-uniform the fleet was, in terms of weight & engine combinations. Most of the manual is dated 1991, just prior to United buying the 7 ex-QF 747-200's. It's those I'm most interested about, to "fill in the blanks", so to speak.

747-100:

MGTOW of 734.0 and JT9D-3A motors
N4713U-N4717U
N4719U-N4720U
N4727U-N4735U
N154UA
N157UA

MGTOW of 750.0 and JT9D-7A motors
N4718U
N4723U
N153UA
N155UA
N156UA


747-200:

MGTOW of 833.0 and JT9D-7R motors
N151UA
N152UA


747SP:

MGTOW of 696.0 and JT9D-7A motors
N140UA
N141UA
N142UA
N143UA
N144UA
N145UA

MGTOW of 702.0 and JT9D-7A motors
N146UA
N147UA
N148UA
N149UA
N150UA (lone 747SP-27, significantly different from rest of fleet)


So, a few questions, if anyone has any information or insight:

- What were the weights/engines of the 747-200's bought used from Qantas (N158UA to N165UA)??
- Any insight as to why the two subfleets of 741's?? Why some of the ex-AA birds carried -3A motors, and others carried -7A's??
- Why the two different weights of 74L's?? The manual specifically referenced that the late-delivery birds had to be significantly modified in order to get the increase, and it wasn't just a simple paper-change from Boeing for the additional weight.

Any other information that anyone would like to share would be appreciated.

all the 747-122's and 123's were upgraded to JT9D-7ACN engines and upgraded to 750K Max Gross, the Quantas birds were 800K Max Gross and the 222B's out of New York 8851,8852 were 833K Max Gross. we only had 18 -122's when the Pacific Routes were purchased and there wasn't enough lift, they found the -123's in New York that had been flying charters but were sitting derelict. They bought all 5 for $5M and poured another $50M to refurnish them which we did at the Super Bay at SFO. We also Overhauled and Refurbished all the 747SP-21's and SP-27's there as well. I was on the swing shift crew that did the M- checks on them and I was responsible for the Overnight airplanes as well on Swing shift, It was a heady time but we made it work until the 747-422's came on Board and we Retired all the 122's,123's SP's and 238's. the -222's were sold to Northwest and United Bought a few 747-451's to go along with the -422's as well. I miss those airplanes.. Lucky for me I was able to retire about the same time they retired the 747-400's ,,

Re: United 747-100 / 200 / SP Fleet

Posted: Tue Sep 10, 2019 4:25 pm
by blacksoviet
strfyr51 wrote:
Transpac787 wrote:
Hey all,

I recently was given an old United 747 manual from the early 90's, and was intrigued at how varied and non-uniform the fleet was, in terms of weight & engine combinations. Most of the manual is dated 1991, just prior to United buying the 7 ex-QF 747-200's. It's those I'm most interested about, to "fill in the blanks", so to speak.

747-100:

MGTOW of 734.0 and JT9D-3A motors
N4713U-N4717U
N4719U-N4720U
N4727U-N4735U
N154UA
N157UA

MGTOW of 750.0 and JT9D-7A motors
N4718U
N4723U
N153UA
N155UA
N156UA


747-200:

MGTOW of 833.0 and JT9D-7R motors
N151UA
N152UA


747SP:

MGTOW of 696.0 and JT9D-7A motors
N140UA
N141UA
N142UA
N143UA
N144UA
N145UA

MGTOW of 702.0 and JT9D-7A motors
N146UA
N147UA
N148UA
N149UA
N150UA (lone 747SP-27, significantly different from rest of fleet)


So, a few questions, if anyone has any information or insight:

- What were the weights/engines of the 747-200's bought used from Qantas (N158UA to N165UA)??
- Any insight as to why the two subfleets of 741's?? Why some of the ex-AA birds carried -3A motors, and others carried -7A's??
- Why the two different weights of 74L's?? The manual specifically referenced that the late-delivery birds had to be significantly modified in order to get the increase, and it wasn't just a simple paper-change from Boeing for the additional weight.

Any other information that anyone would like to share would be appreciated.

all the 747-122's and 123's were upgraded to JT9D-7ACN engines and upgraded to 750K Max Gross, the Quantas birds were 800K Max Gross and the 222B's out of New York 8851,8852 were 833K Max Gross. we only had 18 -122's when the Pacific Routes were purchased and there wasn't enough lift, they found the -123's in New York that had been flying charters but were sitting derelict. They bought all 5 for $5M and poured another $50M to refurnish them which we did at the Super Bay at SFO. We also Overhauled and Refurbished all the 747SP-21's and SP-27's there as well. I was on the swing shift crew that did the M- checks on them and I was responsible for the Overnight airplanes as well on Swing shift, It was a heady time but we made it work until the 747-422's came on Board and we Retired all the 122's,123's SP's and 238's. the -222's were sold to Northwest and United Bought a few 747-451's to go along with the -422's as well. I miss those airplanes.. Lucky for me I was able to retire about the same time they retired the 747-400's ,,

Did the 747-222Bs have more range than the 747-SP27?

Were the SPs three-class aircraft?

Re: United 747-100 / 200 / SP Fleet

Posted: Tue Sep 10, 2019 10:41 pm
by Transpac787
blacksoviet wrote:
Did the 747-222Bs have more range than the 747-SP27?

Were the SPs three-class aircraft?


That's never an easy question to answer with a simple black & white "yes" or "no". Is it range with max payload, range with max fuel, range with full cabin & bags, but no freight?? Etc etc.

N151UA and N152UA carried unique, premium-heavy cabin configurations used only for JFK-NRT, different from the other 747-200's.

747-200 (151 to 152): 35F/128C/136Y
747SP (140 to 149): 18F/62C/164Y

Assuming every seat is full on both planes and you can depart at MGTOW, the payload/range curves give you the approximate still-air range:

747-200: 5900nm / 10950km
747SP: 6200nm / 11500km

Re: United 747-100 / 200 / SP Fleet

Posted: Wed Sep 11, 2019 1:57 pm
by timz
In the 2001-02 JP, the -238Bs are all 800000 lb with JT9D-7Js.

Re: United 747-100 / 200 / SP Fleet

Posted: Fri Sep 13, 2019 11:07 am
by strfyr51
blacksoviet wrote:
strfyr51 wrote:
Transpac787 wrote:
Hey all,

I recently was given an old United 747 manual from the early 90's, and was intrigued at how varied and non-uniform the fleet was, in terms of weight & engine combinations. Most of the manual is dated 1991, just prior to United buying the 7 ex-QF 747-200's. It's those I'm most interested about, to "fill in the blanks", so to speak.

747-100:

MGTOW of 734.0 and JT9D-3A motors
N4713U-N4717U
N4719U-N4720U
N4727U-N4735U
N154UA
N157UA

MGTOW of 750.0 and JT9D-7A motors
N4718U
N4723U
N153UA
N155UA
N156UA


747-200:

MGTOW of 833.0 and JT9D-7R motors
N151UA
N152UA


747SP:

MGTOW of 696.0 and JT9D-7A motors
N140UA
N141UA
N142UA
N143UA
N144UA
N145UA

MGTOW of 702.0 and JT9D-7A motors
N146UA
N147UA
N148UA
N149UA
N150UA (lone 747SP-27, significantly different from rest of fleet)


So, a few questions, if anyone has any information or insight:

- What were the weights/engines of the 747-200's bought used from Qantas (N158UA to N165UA)??
- Any insight as to why the two subfleets of 741's?? Why some of the ex-AA birds carried -3A motors, and others carried -7A's??
- Why the two different weights of 74L's?? The manual specifically referenced that the late-delivery birds had to be significantly modified in order to get the increase, and it wasn't just a simple paper-change from Boeing for the additional weight.

Any other information that anyone would like to share would be appreciated.

all the 747-122's and 123's were upgraded to JT9D-7ACN engines and upgraded to 750K Max Gross, the Quantas birds were 800K Max Gross and the 222B's out of New York 8851,8852 were 833K Max Gross. we only had 18 -122's when the Pacific Routes were purchased and there wasn't enough lift, they found the -123's in New York that had been flying charters but were sitting derelict. They bought all 5 for $5M and poured another $50M to refurnish them which we did at the Super Bay at SFO. We also Overhauled and Refurbished all the 747SP-21's and SP-27's there as well. I was on the swing shift crew that did the M- checks on them and I was responsible for the Overnight airplanes as well on Swing shift, It was a heady time but we an ungodymade it work until the 747-422's came on Board and we Retired all the 122's,123's SP's and 238's. the -222's were sold to Northwest and United Bought a few 747-451's to go along with the -422's as well. I miss those airplanes.. Lucky for me I was able to retire about the same time they retired the 747-400's ,,

Did the 747-222Bs have more range than the 747-SP27?

Were the SPs three-class aircraft?

the -222B's had the same range as the SP-21's and SP-27's But was a full sized airplane at 833K max Gross all the international 747's were 3 class and I especially liked the L1011-500's they were an Ungodly Pitch between the seats of 48" You couldn't be seated in your seat and touch the seat back in the row in front of you in First Class.
Most of the time I flew them Inter Asian when I went to the Far East/ Back then I was single and Loved to go to Honk Kong and Seoul to have my dress clothes Tailor made..

Re: United 747-100 / 200 / SP Fleet

Posted: Fri Sep 13, 2019 5:07 pm
by blacksoviet
strfyr51 wrote:
Transpac787 wrote:
Hey all,

I recently was given an old United 747 manual from the early 90's, and was intrigued at how varied and non-uniform the fleet was, in terms of weight & engine combinations. Most of the manual is dated 1991, just prior to United buying the 7 ex-QF 747-200's. It's those I'm most interested about, to "fill in the blanks", so to speak.

747-100:

MGTOW of 734.0 and JT9D-3A motors
N4713U-N4717U
N4719U-N4720U
N4727U-N4735U
N154UA
N157UA

MGTOW of 750.0 and JT9D-7A motors
N4718U
N4723U
N153UA
N155UA
N156UA


747-200:

MGTOW of 833.0 and JT9D-7R motors
N151UA
N152UA


747SP:

MGTOW of 696.0 and JT9D-7A motors
N140UA
N141UA
N142UA
N143UA
N144UA
N145UA

MGTOW of 702.0 and JT9D-7A motors
N146UA
N147UA
N148UA
N149UA
N150UA (lone 747SP-27, significantly different from rest of fleet)


So, a few questions, if anyone has any information or insight:

- What were the weights/engines of the 747-200's bought used from Qantas (N158UA to N165UA)??
- Any insight as to why the two subfleets of 741's?? Why some of the ex-AA birds carried -3A motors, and others carried -7A's??
- Why the two different weights of 74L's?? The manual specifically referenced that the late-delivery birds had to be significantly modified in order to get the increase, and it wasn't just a simple paper-change from Boeing for the additional weight.

Any other information that anyone would like to share would be appreciated.

all the 747-122's and 123's were upgraded to JT9D-7ACN engines and upgraded to 750K Max Gross, the Quantas birds were 800K Max Gross and the 222B's out of New York 8851,8852 were 833K Max Gross. we only had 18 -122's when the Pacific Routes were purchased and there wasn't enough lift, they found the -123's in New York that had been flying charters but were sitting derelict. They bought all 5 for $5M and poured another $50M to refurnish them which we did at the Super Bay at SFO. We also Overhauled and Refurbished all the 747SP-21's and SP-27's there as well. I was on the swing shift crew that did the M- checks on them and I was responsible for the Overnight airplanes as well on Swing shift, It was a heady time but we made it work until the 747-422's came on Board and we Retired all the 122's,123's SP's and 238's. the -222's were sold to Northwest and United Bought a few 747-451's to go along with the -422's as well. I miss those airplanes.. Lucky for me I was able to retire about the same time they retired the 747-400's ,,

How long were the 747-123s sitting derelict in New York for?

Re: United 747-100 / 200 / SP Fleet

Posted: Fri Sep 13, 2019 7:37 pm
by blacksoviet
United bought a 747-123 from Iran Air in 1987 (N157UA). I am surprised Iran Air sold it. I thought they like to hold on to every plane they can get until the very end.

Re: United 747-100 / 200 / SP Fleet

Posted: Sat Sep 14, 2019 6:44 am
by 747classic
blacksoviet wrote:
United bought a 747-123 from Iran Air in 1987 (N157UA). I am surprised Iran Air sold it. I thought they like to hold on to every plane they can get until the very end.


L/N 79, MSN 20106 was never owned by Iran Air.
During August 1987 it was only sub-leased from Cargolux to Iran Air for a short period with registration LX-MCV.
Cargolux leased the aircraft from Citicorp Leasing.

See : https://www.planespotters.net/airframe/ ... s/WKKLc6p2

Re: United 747-100 / 200 / SP Fleet

Posted: Sat Sep 14, 2019 7:32 am
by strfyr51
blacksoviet wrote:
strfyr51 wrote:
Transpac787 wrote:
Hey all,

I recently was given an old United 747 manual from the early 90's, and was intrigued at how varied and non-uniform the fleet was, in terms of weight & engine combinations. Most of the manual is dated 1991, just prior to United buying the 7 ex-QF 747-200's. It's those I'm most interested about, to "fill in the blanks", so to speak.

747-100:

MGTOW of 734.0 and JT9D-3A motors
N4713U-N4717U
N4719U-N4720U
N4727U-N4735U
N154UA
N157UA

MGTOW of 750.0 and JT9D-7A motors
N4718U
N4723U
N153UA
N155UA
N156UA


747-200:

MGTOW of 833.0 and JT9D-7R motors
N151UA
N152UA


747SP:

MGTOW of 696.0 and JT9D-7A motors
N140UA
N141UA
N142UA
N143UA
N144UA
N145UA

MGTOW of 702.0 and JT9D-7A motors
N146UA
N147UA
N148UA
N149UA
N150UA (lone 747SP-27, significantly different from rest of fleet)


So, a few questions, if anyone has any information or insight:

- What were the weights/engines of the 747-200's bought used from Qantas (N158UA to N165UA)??
- Any insight as to why the two subfleets of 741's?? Why some of the ex-AA birds carried -3A motors, and others carried -7A's??
- Why the two different weights of 74L's?? The manual specifically referenced that the late-delivery birds had to be significantly modified in order to get the increase, and it wasn't just a simple paper-change from Boeing for the additional weight.

Any other information that anyone would like to share would be appreciated.

all the 747-122's and 123's were upgraded to JT9D-7ACN engines and upgraded to 750K Max Gross, the Quantas birds were 800K Max Gross and the 222B's out of New York 8851,8852 were 833K Max Gross. we only had 18 -122's when the Pacific Routes were purchased and there wasn't enough lift, they found the -123's in New York that had been flying charters but were sitting derelict. They bought all 5 for $5M and poured another $50M to refurnish them which we did at the Super Bay at SFO. We also Overhauled and Refurbished all the 747SP-21's and SP-27's there as well. I was on the swing shift crew that did the M- checks on them and I was responsible for the Overnight airplanes as well on Swing shift, It was a heady time but we made it work until the 747-422's came on Board and we Retired all the 122's,123's SP's and 238's. the -222's were sold to Northwest and United Bought a few 747-451's to go along with the -422's as well. I miss those airplanes.. Lucky for me I was able to retire about the same time they retired the 747-400's ,,

How long were the 747-123s sitting derelict in New York for?[/quoted in the engine That? I can't tell you, I just don't know. What I do know is some of them were flown by Overseas National. But they were pretty dicey when we got them to SFO for their Overhauls.
My old crews assisted in removing the engines to get them overhauled. The Base (SFOOV) did the rest.
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Re: United 747-100 / 200 / SP Fleet

Posted: Sat Sep 14, 2019 10:03 am
by 747classic
blacksoviet wrote:
How long were the 747-123s sitting derelict in New York for?


All 747-123 aircraft bought by United in 1987, were approx 3-4 years in possession of Citicorp leasing and frequently (short term) leased to several airlines.

Citicorp possession :
N153UA, 27/02/84 until registered by United at 15/01/88
N154UA, 20/04/84 until registered by United at 05/10/87
N155UA, 03/04/84 until registered by United at 01/09/87
N156UA, 07/06/84 until registered by United at 30/08/87
N157UA, 30/05/84 until registered by United at 08/10/87

See : https://www.planespotters.net/airline/Citicorp-Ic

Re: United 747-100 / 200 / SP Fleet

Posted: Wed Sep 18, 2019 7:16 pm
by Ruddman
Surprised all those 741’s were kept with the -3A’s when an ‘easy’ conversion was available well before that. Or is that all the original frames and engine combinations? Airfleets lists all -100’s with the -7A’s.

Also how many -100’s had the 750,000 gross weight limit rather then the 734,000 lb limit?

Re: United 747-100 / 200 / SP Fleet

Posted: Thu Sep 19, 2019 3:04 am
by Transpac787
Ruddman wrote:
Surprised all those 741’s were kept with the -3A’s when an ‘easy’ conversion was available well before that. Or is that all the original frames and engine combinations? Airfleets lists all -100’s with the -7A’s.

Also how many -100’s had the 750,000 gross weight limit rather then the 734,000 lb limit?


The original post names the exact tail numbers that had the -3A motors and 734.0 MGTOW. I'd have to go back into the books, but they had revision dates of either 1990 or 1991. So, at the time of the revision of the POH: 18x ships had -3A motors and 734.0, 5x ships at -7A motors and 750.0

Reply 1 says all 747-100's were later upgraded to have the -7A motors and 750.0 MGTOW.

Re: United 747-100 / 200 / SP Fleet

Posted: Thu Sep 19, 2019 2:13 pm
by Ruddman
Ok thanks. Appreciate it.

Re: United 747-100 / 200 / SP Fleet

Posted: Fri Sep 20, 2019 6:48 pm
by Ruddman
Also did all the QANTAS -200’s all have the -7J motors when they arrived? Or did they have other variants in them as well?

Re: United 747-100 / 200 / SP Fleet

Posted: Sat Sep 21, 2019 11:12 pm
by blacksoviet
Why weren't the 747SPs upgraded with Pratt & Whitney JT9D-7R4G2 engines?

Re: United 747-100 / 200 / SP Fleet

Posted: Sun Sep 22, 2019 1:28 am
by DL_Mech
747classic wrote:
All 747-123 aircraft bought by United in 1987, were approx 3-4 years in possession of Citicorp leasing and frequently (short term) leased to several airlines.



I've told this story before, but when UA was changing their livery to Battleship they contracted DL to paint several 747s. When the Saul Bass livery was stripped off of one of these 747-123s there was "747 Astrojet" etched into the nose, Iran Air script above the aft windows and "Braniff International" etched across the upper fuselage. Some days you wish you brought a camera to work.

Re: United 747-100 / 200 / SP Fleet

Posted: Sun Sep 22, 2019 6:53 am
by 747classic
blacksoviet wrote:
Why weren't the 747SPs upgraded with Pratt & Whitney JT9D-7R4G2 engines?


The 747SP / JT9D-7R4G2 combination has never been certified.

The following engines are certified at the 747SP :

- Pratt and Whitney JT9D-3, JT9D-3A, JT9D-7, JT9D-7A, JT9D-7F, JT9D-7J
- Rolls Royce RB211-524B2-19, RB211-524C2-19, RB211-524D4-19, RB211-524D4-39.

See page 6/77 : http://rgl.faa.gov/Regulatory_and_Guida ... _Rev60.pdf

Re: United 747-100 / 200 / SP Fleet

Posted: Tue Oct 29, 2019 12:29 am
by Ruddman
Ruddman wrote:
Also did all the QANTAS -200’s all have the -7J motors when they arrived? Or did they have other variants in them as well?



I hate being up old threads....but....an Australian site in Australian airlines and fleet show that all QF-238’s ( before those ordered with RB211’s) had the -7F, not -7J.

Strange,

Re: United 747-100 / 200 / SP Fleet

Posted: Tue Oct 29, 2019 2:57 am
by strfyr51
Transpac787 wrote:
Hey all,

I recently was given an old United 747 manual from the early 90's, and was intrigued at how varied and non-uniform the fleet was, in terms of weight & engine combinations. Most of the manual is dated 1991, just prior to United buying the 7 ex-QF 747-200's. It's those I'm most interested about, to "fill in the blanks", so to speak.

747-100:

MGTOW of 734.0 and JT9D-3A motors
N4713U-N4717U
N4719U-N4720U
N4727U-N4735U
N154UA
N157UA

MGTOW of 750.0 and JT9D-7A motors
N4718U
N4723U
N153UA
N155UA
N156UA


747-200:

MGTOW of 833.0 and JT9D-7R motors
N151UA
N152UA


747SP:

MGTOW of 696.0 and JT9D-7A motors
N140UA
N141UA
N142UA
N143UA
N144UA
N145UA

MGTOW of 702.0 and JT9D-7A motors
N146UA
N147UA
N148UA
N149UA
N150UA (lone 747SP-27, significantly different from rest of fleet)


So, a few questions, if anyone has any information or insight:

- What were the weights/engines of the 747-200's bought used from Qantas (N158UA to N165UA)??
- Any insight as to why the two subfleets of 741's?? Why some of the ex-AA birds carried -3A motors, and others carried -7A's??
- Why the two different weights of 74L's?? The manual specifically referenced that the late-delivery birds had to be significantly modified in order to get the increase, and it wasn't just a simple paper-change from Boeing for the additional weight.

Any other information that anyone would like to share would be appreciated.

all the 747-122's and 123's all eventually flew the JT9D-7ACN engine which we removed the turbine reversers and upgraded the core engines. The two -222B 8851 .8852 were delivered brand new from the factory as 833.000 Max GWT for the JFK-NRT market and primarily flew those flights. The L1011-500's Primarily flew Intra Asian routes ,
And the 8 SP-21's and the 2 SP-27's flew SFO and LAX to Asia and SFO/LAX- to SYD/ AUK/HKG. United opted to lease the 4 -238B's we also flew to Asia and south Pacific. I was an international Terminal Maintenance foreman at SFO and I can tell you, Every Day was an Adventure and a challenge. Hell! It was the best fun I ever Had with my clothes on! We had TOTAL control of our shifts and we also had the Last word on our decisions. But LORD? We'd better be Right! I must have been Fired 5-6 times as my decisions were questioned. And I had to cover my ass while WATCHING my ass. Especially since I didn't have to answer to anybody but the Maintenance manager. I rarely if Ever got questioned for any decision while on shift. All the questions came the Next morning. And I got a LOT of them. My boss called my shift a bunch of "Pirates with Wrenches". And? We Were. But we were Good Pirates!!

Re: United 747-100 / 200 / SP Fleet

Posted: Tue Oct 29, 2019 8:47 am
by Max Q
strfyr51 wrote:
Transpac787 wrote:
Hey all,

I recently was given an old United 747 manual from the early 90's, and was intrigued at how varied and non-uniform the fleet was, in terms of weight & engine combinations. Most of the manual is dated 1991, just prior to United buying the 7 ex-QF 747-200's. It's those I'm most interested about, to "fill in the blanks", so to speak.

747-100:

MGTOW of 734.0 and JT9D-3A motors
N4713U-N4717U
N4719U-N4720U
N4727U-N4735U
N154UA
N157UA

MGTOW of 750.0 and JT9D-7A motors
N4718U
N4723U
N153UA
N155UA
N156UA


747-200:

MGTOW of 833.0 and JT9D-7R motors
N151UA
N152UA


747SP:

MGTOW of 696.0 and JT9D-7A motors
N140UA
N141UA
N142UA
N143UA
N144UA
N145UA

MGTOW of 702.0 and JT9D-7A motors
N146UA
N147UA
N148UA
N149UA
N150UA (lone 747SP-27, significantly different from rest of fleet)


So, a few questions, if anyone has any information or insight:

- What were the weights/engines of the 747-200's bought used from Qantas (N158UA to N165UA)??
- Any insight as to why the two subfleets of 741's?? Why some of the ex-AA birds carried -3A motors, and others carried -7A's??
- Why the two different weights of 74L's?? The manual specifically referenced that the late-delivery birds had to be significantly modified in order to get the increase, and it wasn't just a simple paper-change from Boeing for the additional weight.

Any other information that anyone would like to share would be appreciated.

all the 747-122's and 123's all eventually flew the JT9D-7ACN engine which we removed the turbine reversers and upgraded the core engines. The two -222B 8851 .8852 were delivered brand new from the factory as 833.000 Max GWT for the JFK-NRT market and primarily flew those flights. The L1011-500's Primarily flew Intra Asian routes ,
And the 8 SP-21's and the 2 SP-27's flew SFO and LAX to Asia and SFO/LAX- to SYD/ AUK/HKG. United opted to lease the 4 -238B's we also flew to Asia and south Pacific. I was an international Terminal Maintenance foreman at SFO and I can tell you, Every Day was an Adventure and a challenge. Hell! It was the best fun I ever Had with my clothes on! We had TOTAL control of our shifts and we also had the Last word on our decisions. But LORD? We'd better be Right! I must have been Fired 5-6 times as my decisions were questioned. And I had to cover my ass while WATCHING my ass. Especially since I didn't have to answer to anybody but the Maintenance manager. I rarely if Ever got questioned for any decision while on shift. All the questions came the Next morning. And I got a LOT of them. My boss called my shift a bunch of "Pirates with Wrenches". And? We Were. But we were Good Pirates!!



Great stuff, it must have been a fascinating time, always enjoy your posts


I have a vivid memory of my first and only flight on a 747SP. It was a brand new Pan Am aircraft and still had plastic covers on the unoccupied seats


I flew non stop from HKG-SFO, that was in 1981, just a few years later that airframe was inherited by United


I often wonder if it’s one of the two surviving and operational ex PAA models with P&W as their engine testbed or the SOFIA in flight telescope used by NASA

Re: United 747-100 / 200 / SP Fleet

Posted: Tue Oct 29, 2019 8:14 pm
by Transpac787
strfyr51 wrote:
the 8 SP-21's and the 2 SP-27's flew SFO and LAX to Asia and SFO/LAX- to SYD/ AUK/HKG.


United (and PanAm before them) had 10 SP-21's and only 1 SP-27.

N140UA to N149UA were 21's, only N150UA was a 27.

Re: United 747-100 / 200 / SP Fleet

Posted: Sun Nov 03, 2019 9:19 am
by strfyr51
Max Q wrote:
strfyr51 wrote:
Transpac787 wrote:
Hey all,

I recently was given an old United 747 manual from the early 90's, and was intrigued at how varied and non-uniform the fleet was, in terms of weight & engine combinations. Most of the manual is dated 1991, just prior to United buying the 7 ex-QF 747-200's. It's those I'm most interested about, to "fill in the blanks", so to speak.

747-100:

MGTOW of 734.0 and JT9D-3A motors
N4713U-N4717U
N4719U-N4720U
N4727U-N4735U
N154UA
N157UA

MGTOW of 750.0 and JT9D-7A motors
N4718U
N4723U
N153UA
N155UA
N156UA


747-200:

MGTOW of 833.0 and JT9D-7R motors
N151UA
N152UA


747SP:

MGTOW of 696.0 and JT9D-7A motors
N140UA
N141UA
N142UA
N143UA
N144UA
N145UA

MGTOW of 702.0 and JT9D-7A motors
N146UA
N147UA
N148UA
N149UA
N150UA (lone 747SP-27, significantly different from rest of fleet)


So, a few questions, if anyone has any information or insight:

- What were the weights/engines of the 747-200's bought used from Qantas (N158UA to N165UA)??
- Any insight as to why the two subfleets of 741's?? Why some of the ex-AA birds carried -3A motors, and others carried -7A's??
- Why the two different weights of 74L's?? The manual specifically referenced that the late-delivery birds had to be significantly modified in order to get the increase, and it wasn't just a simple paper-change from Boeing for the additional weight.

Any other information that anyone would like to share would be appreciated.

all the 747-122's and 123's all eventually flew the JT9D-7ACN engine which we removed the turbine reversers and upgraded the core engines. The two -222B 8851 .8852 were delivered brand new from the factory as 833.000 Max GWT for the JFK-NRT market and primarily flew those flights. The L1011-500's Primarily flew Intra Asian routes ,
And the 8 SP-21's and the 2 SP-27's flew SFO and LAX to Asia and SFO/LAX- to SYD/ AUK/HKG. United opted to lease the 4 -238B's we also flew to Asia and south Pacific. I was an international Terminal Maintenance foreman at SFO and I can tell you, Every Day was an Adventure and a challenge. Hell! It was the best fun I ever Had with my clothes on! We had TOTAL control of our shifts and we also had the Last word on our decisions. But LORD? We'd better be Right! I must have been Fired 5-6 times as my decisions were questioned. And I had to cover my ass while WATCHING my ass. Especially since I didn't have to answer to anybody but the Maintenance manager. I rarely if Ever got questioned for any decision while on shift. All the questions came the Next morning. And I got a LOT of them. My boss called my shift a bunch of "Pirates with Wrenches". And? We Were. But we were Good Pirates!!



Great stuff, it must have been a fascinating time, always enjoy your posts


I have a vivid memory of my first and only flight on a 747SP. It was a brand new Pan Am aircraft and still had plastic covers on the unoccupied seats


I flew non stop from HKG-SFO, that was in 1981, just a few years later that airframe was inherited by United

planning =
I often wonder if it’s one of the two surviving and operational ex PAA models with P&W as their engine testbed or the SOFIA in flight telescope used by NASA

The SOFIA airplane ws N147UA Nose Nbr 8647,
which by the way flew the first round the world speed record with Capt. Clay Lacey in Command One of my Lead mechanics Mel Wienkowski was one of the flight mechanics who went along with a Mercedes Bens and about 40 passengers. The Stipulations were so tight they had to fly the exact flight plan to equal all the Mileage equal to the equator of the earth. but do it with speed. So Now today she flies for NASA with a Telscope in her aft cabin and a huge door back there,

Re: United 747-100 / 200 / SP Fleet

Posted: Sun Nov 03, 2019 10:02 am
by Max Q
strfyr51 wrote:
Max Q wrote:
strfyr51 wrote:
all the 747-122's and 123's all eventually flew the JT9D-7ACN engine which we removed the turbine reversers and upgraded the core engines. The two -222B 8851 .8852 were delivered brand new from the factory as 833.000 Max GWT for the JFK-NRT market and primarily flew those flights. The L1011-500's Primarily flew Intra Asian routes ,
And the 8 SP-21's and the 2 SP-27's flew SFO and LAX to Asia and SFO/LAX- to SYD/ AUK/HKG. United opted to lease the 4 -238B's we also flew to Asia and south Pacific. I was an international Terminal Maintenance foreman at SFO and I can tell you, Every Day was an Adventure and a challenge. Hell! It was the best fun I ever Had with my clothes on! We had TOTAL control of our shifts and we also had the Last word on our decisions. But LORD? We'd better be Right! I must have been Fired 5-6 times as my decisions were questioned. And I had to cover my ass while WATCHING my ass. Especially since I didn't have to answer to anybody but the Maintenance manager. I rarely if Ever got questioned for any decision while on shift. All the questions came the Next morning. And I got a LOT of them. My boss called my shift a bunch of "Pirates with Wrenches". And? We Were. But we were Good Pirates!!



Great stuff, it must have been a fascinating time, always enjoy your posts


I have a vivid memory of my first and only flight on a 747SP. It was a brand new Pan Am aircraft and still had plastic covers on the unoccupied seats


I flew non stop from HKG-SFO, that was in 1981, just a few years later that airframe was inherited by United

planning =
I often wonder if it’s one of the two surviving and operational ex PAA models with P&W as their engine testbed or the SOFIA in flight telescope used by NASA

The SOFIA airplane ws N147UA Nose Nbr 8647,
which by the way flew the first round the world speed record with Capt. Clay Lacey in Command One of my Lead mechanics Mel Wienkowski was one of the flight mechanics who went along with a Mercedes Bens and about 40 passengers. The Stipulations were so tight they had to fly the exact flight plan to equal all the Mileage equal to the equator of the earth. but do it with speed. So Now today she flies for NASA with a Telscope in her aft cabin and a huge door back there,



I remember the flight


You mention a Mercedes was along for the ride, any particular reason for that ?

Re: United 747-100 / 200 / SP Fleet

Posted: Fri Nov 08, 2019 3:30 am
by strfyr51
Max Q wrote:
strfyr51 wrote:
Max Q wrote:


Great stuff, it must have been a fascinating time, always enjoy your posts


I have a vivid memory of my first and only flight on a 747SP. It was a brand new Pan Am aircraft and still had plastic covers on the unoccupied seats


I flew non stop from HKG-SFO, that was in 1981, just a few years later that airframe was inherited by United

planning =
I often wonder if it’s one of the two surviving and operational ex PAA models with P&W as their engine testbed or the SOFIA in flight telescope used by NASA

The SOFIA airplane ws N147UA Nose Nbr 8647,
which by the way flew the first round the world speed record with Capt. Clay Lacey in Command One of my Lead mechanics Mel Wienkowski was one of the flight mechanics who went along with a Mercedes Bens and about 40 passengers. The Stipulations were so tight they had to fly the exact flight plan to equal all the Mileage equal to the equator of the earth. but do it with speed. So Now today she flies for NASA with a Telscope in her aft cabin and a huge door back there,



I remember the flight


You mention a Mercedes was along for the ride, any particular reason for that ?

Yeah! They sold it for a TON of money

Re: United 747-100 / 200 / SP Fleet

Posted: Fri Nov 08, 2019 3:31 am
by strfyr51
strfyr51 wrote:
Max Q wrote:
strfyr51 wrote:
The SOFIA airplane ws N147UA Nose Nbr 8647,
which by the way flew the first round the world speed record with Capt. Clay Lacey in Command One of my Lead mechanics Mel Wienkowski was one of the flight mechanics who went along with a Mercedes Bens and about 40 passengers. The Stipulations were so tight they had to fly the exact flight plan to equal all the Mileage equal to the equator of the earth. but do it with speed. So Now today she flies for NASA with a Telscope in her aft cabin and a huge door back there,



I remember the flight


You mention a Mercedes was along for the ride, any particular reason for that ?

Yeah! They sold it for a TON of money

Where could you buy a car that had been around the World??