My United Airlines 1:400 Scale Model Airliner Fleet
Updated: May 2020
United Airlines has always been one of my main focus fleets and it is currently the 5th largest airline in the my collection by number of models. As of May 2020 I own 50 United Airlines mainline aircraft and 5 United Express aircraft. These cover the history of the airline up to 2004 when it switched over to the Rising Blue scheme.
My collection criteria stops me collecting models after the turn of the century and so there are no Rising Blue or Unicon schemes in my fleet. Instead it is mainly made up of Mainliners and Saul Bass aircraft with the last scheme represented being the Battleship Grey.
Historically the United fleet was displayed in one of the open cubes of my original US trunk airline MDF cabinet. The photo below dates from 2015:
THE FLEET IN 2020
My United fleet has moved around over the past few years. Originally housed in the MDF cube cabinet it has now moved to the full width glass cabinet from within which it joins the other major US Trunk airlines. The 1990s large Saul Bass and Battleship Grey aircraft are stored separately in a wood/glass cabinet alongside other 1980/90s US airlines.
Over 3/5 of the fleet is made up of Aeroclassics models but there are also ten Gemini Jets and four Dragon Wings. Most of the latter two groups are ripe for replacement with newer models but some, like the Dragon Boeing 720 and Gemini DC-3 are unlikely to be replaced anytime soon. The Dragon Tristar 500 on the other hand is likely to be replaced, or perhaps just joined, by an NG Models version soon. One model with a shorter future is the recent Gemini 737-300, which is on the for-sale list.
THE MODELS IN DETAIL