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.
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