Farewell N174UA

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  1. Infinite1K
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    Sitting at SFO, yet another United 747-400 that is being banished from the fleet.

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    I will miss you :(
     
  2. milchap
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    Who is buying these birds?
     
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    Its an outrage. We should be designated as an endangered species and stop this nonsense of the scrap yard.....:eek:

    There should be a foundation for the preservation of these birds.....
     
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    Iran bought three.
     
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    They are allowed to sell them to iran?
     
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    Aside from the embargo on Iran... three UA 747? I don't think they have sold that many. Didn't the last fleet update mention just one 747 leaving the fleet?
     
  8. colpuck
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    No they bought three a couple of years ago when UA was in bankruptcy. BlueSky airways brokered the deal sending the airliners to Manhan Air. I think the USFG got involved and stopped the last two from going to them
     
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    So that's what it was, a couple of weeks ago there was another one whose paints were removed just like the picture above.. Or is it the same plane?
     
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    Wonder why they bothered to remove half the tulip... (I think I know why they didn't remove the rest)
     
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    that tulip is on the rudder. As a control surface it may have been too risky. I've seen that before when they paint them to, the rudder is always handled separately
     
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    Right. When I toured the Everett Boeing factory, all the work-in-progress 787s had a painted rudder installed while the rest of the aircraft was still unpainted. Eg.

    http://www.seattlepi.com/business/g...ly-line-interior-tour-31063/photo-1625787.php

    But my point really was: why bother removing the paint when it's still fairly obvious what the livery was before the name removal.
     
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    Because the tulip and old paint scheme is a distant memory, and anyone who still associates this livery with UA is a fool who needs electroshock therapy while sitting in front of the putrid new livery.
     
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    My guess (and it's just a guess) is that whoever is leasing it had the logo removal as part of the lease agreement. They probably have a rudder already painted or will paint it when it gets turned over.

    The plane could be needed quickly and the new operator wants it operational ASAP.
     
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    Don't be a prat.
     
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    What you said......

    whats a prat? :eek:.....it can't be a term of endearment can it?
     
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    According to the definitions on urban dictionary, it's most definitely NOT a term of endearment. :D It's a British term meaning idiot or fool.
     
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    Why would selling an old 747 to Iran be an issue.... not that is has much advanced technology, or....?
     
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    Also, what is UA replacing these with... I assume they are a 747-800 launch customer...??
     
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    Why would we want to sell anything to Iran, the less technology they have about anything the better, Lots of room in a 747 to carry bombs, or missiles or maybe just crash it into something big. That's alll we need selling a weapon of some mass distruction to an enemy of the US.
     
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    LH is launch customer on passenger 747-8i. United as far as I can tell has not ordered any.


     
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    The A350 is currently on the books as the replacement for the 747s in the UA fleet plan. The 748i is not on the fleet plan.
     
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    Makes sense, not a lot of airlines are interested in 4-engined airplanes these days.
     
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    I don't think that's a big concern. They already have a flying museum. We just don't want to do any business with them that in any way props up the government or economy.
     
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    They can leave in the relic of their Barcalounger Business Class seats so the Iranians can understand how we Americans suffer on these long haul flights...
     
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