Jump to content
SASS Wire Forum

Archived

This topic is now archived and is closed to further replies.

Loophole LaRue, SASS #51438

Unmarked 747

Recommended Posts

I flew into and out of Miami yesterday on American.  As we taxied to the ramp on arrival at Terminal D, we passed what I beleive was a 747 - two passenger decks with windows on two levels; two monsterous jet engines under each wing.  Biggest non-military plane I've seen.

 

What caught my eye was the total absence of any markings - no tail number, no carrier identification, no colors, no flags, nada.  All white fuselage and wings.  Nothing around it or near it to suggest whether use was military or civilian.

 

Anybody in the Sunshine State know the background on this plane?

 

LL

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

It’s the giant black helicopter of the fixed wing world. Probably a UN spy plane stealing information from Americans from the air to be used when men in light blue berets march in and take over the nation...

 

It’s either that or a new plane being delivered somewhere. Could go either way...:P:D

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

It belongs to Greta Thunberg...

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
 

It’s either that or a new plane being delivered somewhere. Could go either way...:P:D

 

 

It should at least have a tail number.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Rich Arab. Maybe not painted yet.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

747's have four engines so it wasn't a 747. Could have been a 777 from the description. I have seen giant aircraft at Tampa International before but they all had four engines. The missing tail number is strange to say the least.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
 

747's have four engines so it wasn't a 747. Could have been a 777 from the description. I have seen giant aircraft at Tampa International before but they all had four engines. The missing tail number is strange to say the least.

Said

two monsterous jet engines under each wing

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

CIA or spook plane?

 

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
 

Said

two monsterous jet engines under each wing

 

 

Ah, I missed that day in reading comprehension.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Plane was sold and is being repainted. Tail number is still recorded and will be reapplied. 

 

These make good fodder for conspiracy theorists, but it happens all the time. 

 

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

My grandad was foreman of a painting hangar at Miami for years. I saw plenty of naked planes.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

When planes are leaving the factory for the first time, they will always be in their livery colors.  It's a really big deal in the aerospace world.  I would agree with the re-paint theory. 

 

"Miami International Airport (MIA) is the major airport serving South Florida and is located eighth miles from Downtown Miami. The airport serves more than 80 airlines and is also the hub for several airlines including American Airlines, Executive Airlines, UPS Airlines and FedEx Express."

 

I would guess the plane had been sold and is being re-painted for the new customer.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

 

If it had TWO full decks of windows for the PAX it wasn't a 747.  It would be one of them really big French A380 jobbers.  

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Years ago, a plane sat on a side runway at Newark airport.  There were many theories, but it was a plane owned by a travel company that went bust and the plane was impounded.  All markings were removed until it was resold and re-registered.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Which one was it?

 

D3E0B586-77C7-4289-B430-FEDCDAC7624F.jpeg

C3BDDE10-5403-4F1D-89D2-B9EB6E82D4B0.jpeg

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
 

Image #2.

LL

Yup 747. I’ve only flown on one once. Huge!

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

The A380 is too new of an airplane to have been sold or in rebuild/overhaul so it would be painted only white. I doubt that are 100 of them flying. There are literally 1000's of 747's all over the world,  some are almost 50 years old. Northrop, the company I worked at for 22 years (1978-2000) built every body panel for every 747 built. I would bet it was a major refit. overhaul or update.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
 

Yup 747. I’ve only flown on one once. Huge!

 

I was on an Embraer 170 when we taxied past; less than 100 feet long with a wingspan of 85 feet.  The 747 is 231 feet long with a 195 foot wingspan.  The difference was startling.  Like passing an aircraft carrier in a small sailboat.

 

LL

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
 

747's have four engines so it wasn't a 747. Could have been a 777 from the description. I have seen giant aircraft at Tampa International before but they all had four engines. The missing tail number is strange to say the least.

Acording to the OP it had four engines.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

At the Bangor Maine airport they fly in an Antonov 124 every once in a while. That is a big plane too.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

When the 747s started flying, the upper deck was a lounge with a bar.  Too bad that feature was eliminated.  A 14+ hour flight on a 747 SP from NY to Saudi Arabia was tiring, but with 3-4 movies, food anytime you wanted it, it was bearable. 

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

×
×
  • Create New...

Important Information

By using this site, you agree to our Terms of Use.