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#1 Bob Dylan

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Posted 25 October 2017 - 02:31 PM

Watched a totally White/No Markings 747 Take off out of Austin Bergstrom today heading SW.

First one I've seen in a long time here, wondering if anyone has any info as to what it might be???
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Posted 25 October 2017 - 02:38 PM

When you say no markings do you mean no registration either?  We receive 747's (and lots of other widebodies) for heavy maintenance here at SAT.  Not saying that's the case here but without a registration it's hard saying not knowing.


I used to be with ‘it,’ but then they changed what ‘it’ was. Now what I’m with isn’t ‘it,’ and what’s ‘it’ seems weird and scary.


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Posted 25 October 2017 - 02:40 PM

When you say no markings do you mean no registration either?  We receive 747's (and lots of other widebodies) for heavy maintenance here at SAT.  Not saying that's the case here but without a registration it's hard saying not knowing.

Right, I didn't even see an N # on the tail, it was totally White, but definitely a 747!!

And I know SA receives lots of Jets for work @ SAT and the old Kelly AFB, now a Joint Base. ( the Central American-Contra flights were operated out of there!)

Edited by Bob Dylan, 25 October 2017 - 02:43 PM.

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Posted 25 October 2017 - 03:52 PM

Probably for a D-Check perhaps. Wonder if it is heading to the jet graveyard in Mojave Desert. What varient of 747 is it?


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Posted 25 October 2017 - 05:09 PM

Wonder if it is heading to the jet graveyard in Mojave Desert.

Jet graveyard?


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Posted 25 October 2017 - 05:24 PM

What time today?
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Posted 25 October 2017 - 05:35 PM

 

Wonder if it is heading to the jet graveyard in Mojave Desert.

Jet graveyard?


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That's what I call it. Lot of retired jets out in the desert.


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Posted 25 October 2017 - 05:54 PM

Flying in US airspace without visible registration is supposed to be illegal. Even graveyard ferry flights would normally use dark tape to form a temporary registration on a white fuselage. Some secretive government flights have apparently used light grey characters on a white background so maybe thats what you saw?

I used to be with ‘it,’ but then they changed what ‘it’ was. Now what I’m with isn’t ‘it,’ and what’s ‘it’ seems weird and scary.


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Posted 25 October 2017 - 07:05 PM

Off topic:  British Airways is planning to replace their current B787 service between LHR and AUS with 747s in the spring, I believe.



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Posted 25 October 2017 - 09:55 PM

Off topic:  British Airways is planning to replace their current B787 service between LHR and AUS with 747s in the spring, I believe.

This possibly could be the answer, perhaps 747s will be made ready for this service in San Amtonio since so there is so much work done on Jets there?
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Posted 25 October 2017 - 09:57 PM

BA services its 747s in their Hatton Cross maintenance facility.


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Posted 25 October 2017 - 10:30 PM

 

Off topic:  British Airways is planning to replace their current B787 service between LHR and AUS with 747s in the spring, I believe.

 

This possibly could be the answer, perhaps 747s will be made ready for this service in San Amtonio since so there is so much work done on Jets there?

 

BA wouldn't send a 747 here unless it was being sold to (and reconditioned for) another carrier.


I used to be with ‘it,’ but then they changed what ‘it’ was. Now what I’m with isn’t ‘it,’ and what’s ‘it’ seems weird and scary.


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Posted 26 October 2017 - 09:01 AM

I searched the FlightAware departure log for yesterday (10/25) at AUS, and there were no 747's listed. Sounds like some sort of stealth move being kept out of the public database.  If someone wanted to kill some time, they could listen to the LiveATC recording for KAUS for the time frame to see if there is some oddball departure.



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Posted 26 October 2017 - 11:31 AM

There were a bunch of tail numbers without types listed (I looked too), which is why I was trying to nail down the time.

If Jim gives me a time, I’m likely to go trolling through the audio. :)
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Posted 26 October 2017 - 12:26 PM

On my commute I did notice an all-white aircraft outside one of the maintenance hangers here, but it was not a 747.  :mellow:


I used to be with ‘it,’ but then they changed what ‘it’ was. Now what I’m with isn’t ‘it,’ and what’s ‘it’ seems weird and scary.


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Posted 26 October 2017 - 03:58 PM

Down here, we get a lot of flights that meet two or three buses at BRO.  They are coming from / going to Central America usually.  Old clunkers like DC-9s.  FlightAware does tell us who owns these planes.  



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Posted 26 October 2017 - 04:01 PM

Off topic:  British Airways is planning to replace their current B787 service between LHR and AUS with 747s in the spring, I believe.

I found it:

 

British Airways in recent schedule update filed additional changes for its planned long-haul operation from London Heathrow , for summer 2018 season. Latest update, previously not covered , as follow. London Heathrow – Austin eff 08APR18 747-400 replaces 787-9, 1 daily London...



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Posted 26 October 2017 - 05:09 PM

Atlas going to MEX.

 

Nothing spooky going on, they fly through AUS all the time.  And yes they have proper registration.



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Posted 26 October 2017 - 07:15 PM

Thanks for the info guys! Looks like XHRTSP has it.

It was pretty far away and I couldn't see any registration or markings, but the old eyes aren't what they used to be when I flew the Friendly Skies of Cessna!😁😊
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Posted 26 October 2017 - 11:06 PM

BA replacing the 787 on their flight with a 747?:huh:

That is very unusual. Many other airlines are retiring their 747s for newer aircraft - like the 787!
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