The SP's all gained the United small titles Saul Bass 'tulip' scheme and several also acquired the modified Saul bass colours with the lowered cheatline and larger titles. The aircraft continued to operate the long thin routes they were designed for like Buenos Aires, Rio and sao Paulo but were also common visitors to Heathrow, Tokyo and Hong Kong. The SPs soldiered on until late 1995 however despite the introduction of the new Battleship Grey livery in 1993 only one SP was to wear the 90s United scheme.
Registration: N145UA MSN / LN: 21441 / 306
Delivery Date: 13/02/86 Sale Date: 10/97
N145UA was repainted between May and July 1993. She had previously been N536PA, delivered to Pan Am on May 6 1977 as ‘Clipper Lindbergh’. She was retired from United service in December 1995. Following storage she was purchased by NASA in October 1997 for work with their Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared Astronomy telescope (Sofia) Program. She is the mount for the telescope and now registered N747NA she remains in service as of January 2015.
28/4/2015 12:54:59 am
I`ve always had a soft spot for the old airplanes and liveries.This is one of them
28/4/2015 03:30:43 am
Thanks Faith I'm glad you enjoyed the post. Old airplanes and liveries is what this site's about :)
31/5/2015 10:18:35 pm
I was lucky enough to fly in ‘Clipper Lindbergh’ many years ago between Sydney Australia and Auckland New Zealand. I flew first class and my wife and me were the only two passengers at the pointy end. Those were the days!
2/6/2015 10:49:23 pm
Thanks for the story Ian. That sounds great. I only ever flew on a 747 classic once myself. It was Virgin series 100 or 200 to Miami. I remember my mum got me a visit to the cockpit - I was only 11 at the time.
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