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Airbus A320 (N475UA)


Captured here exactly six hours ago, this snap shows UA's N475UA, the retro painted A320, as it accelerates down runway 16R during its 6:00 AM departure enroute to KDEN.


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Gary Schenauer Photo Uploader
Had to roll out of the sack at 3:45 AM in order to get to RNO in time to get on the ramp for some close up snaps, but it was very much worth the loss of a couple hours of sleep because this one always looks awesome. After getting my ramp clicks, I scooted over to the east side of the airport in time to get on a rooftop to catch it taking off just before the sun popped up over the mountains behind me. The time of departure was perfect; half an hour earlier and it would have been too dark; an hour later and the heat waves would have started to badly degrade this snap.
Mark See
Great shot Gary! One of the coolest special paints in my opinion. Good timing being in between the two UPSs also.
Gary Schenauer Photo Uploader
Thanx VM, Mark. I had planned on posting one of my closeup ramp shots (taken way before first light ... even before the ground prep began), but this entire series of departure clicks came out so well ... and then, when I captured it between the UP freighters ... AND ... I also caught the beacons a-blinkin', I decided this was the pic to post. :)
Roy Hunte
Fantastic capture Gary!
Mark Thomas
Absolutely stunning shot Gary! What's the 'N' in the hills made of?
Gary Schenauer Photo Uploader
Tks, Roy.
Mark T >> White rocks. It stands for the University of Nevada - Reno (UNR). It has actually been there on Peavine Mountain for around 100 years. It gets "refreshed" every year by UNR students.
There are five such letters in the Reno area: the "N" seen here; an "S" for Sparks (see my photo of C-FYJG; it is in the background); also an "R" (see my photo of 89-1186, a C130; it is in the background of the shot); also a "D" for Damonte Ranch, and a "G" for Galena (visible in the background of my picture of helicopter N109LN).
I notice United Airlines has this one marked "A320 Friend Ship"... Somewhat non sequitur is that Fokker called its F27 aircraft the "Friendship". However United has always been about "Fly the Friendly Skies" so their "Friend Ship" aircraft are fittingly named. Just a comment, folks!
Dave Sheehy
Great picture Gary! Outstanding!
Dwight Hartje
Outstanding catch and capture, Gary! This aircraft keeps coming in and out of service with United. Not sure why.
Is it just me or does anyone else think maybe the UA employees would get a nice boost if they went total retro on all their fleet to this scheme? This looks fabulous and based on the cookie cutter if not dreadful logos around today (re: American Airlines!) this look would truly stand out, and recall a time when flying was really an event. Do it.
Bill Vance
Love all your shots Gary. As an area resident (Carson City), former pilot and aviation enthusiast in general, I especially enjoy all your RNO snaps. Please keep them coming.
Gary Schenauer Photo Uploader
Cliff, Dave, and Dwight .. Hi, guys, and Thanx for the comments.
N9341C .. I'd like to see this livery revived, but we both know it is only wishful thinking on our parts. There are baggage carts full of reasons, but no need to list any but one of those reasons ... the cost of reclothing the fleet ... to know why there will never be more than one dressed in this garb. I do wonder; however, why UA does not put this scheme on a US manufacturer's bird (such as a 737 or etc.)? Of the several a/c companies that UA did business with in its earlier history, the UA-Boeing link (for example) has a far longer "traceable history" than any connection with Airbus or its predecessors. ???
Hello, Bill. Your comment is very much appreciated. :-) Just curious; are you any relation to either Tom (Redding, CA) or Dan (Windsor, CA)? Thanks for commenting. It just happens that I'm at CXP tomorrow for an arrival, and after the arrival I'm immediately headed for RNO for a second capture. If you are interested (either tomorrow or at some future time) in a face-to-face, email me at and we can arrange a meet. Or if you'd just like to receive an occasional photo, I sometimes send pretty good snaps to a few email buddies and I can include you on the list. Again, a pleasure to hear from you and TYVM for the compli. (Wave)
sam kuminecz
Gary I just got home from OSH. I got a few in the next day or 2 you'll love.
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Date Aircraft Origin Destination Departure Arrival Duration
25-May-2018 A320Houston Bush Int'ctl ()Washington Dulles Intl () 07:45AM CDT 11:26AM EDT Scheduled
24-May-2018 A320Chicago O'Hare Intl ()Houston Bush Int'ctl () 08:00PM CDT 10:32PM CDT Scheduled
24-May-2018 A320Gerald R Ford Intl ()Chicago O'Hare Intl () 06:39PM EDT 06:19PM CDT Scheduled
24-May-2018 A320Chicago O'Hare Intl ()Gerald R Ford Intl () 03:53PM CDT 05:25PM EDT Scheduled
24-May-2018 A320Sarasota/Bradenton Intl ()Chicago O'Hare Intl () 12:53PM EDT 02:28PM CDT Scheduled
24-May-2018 A320Chicago O'Hare Intl ()Sarasota/Bradenton Intl () 08:19AM CDT 11:42AM EDT Scheduled
24-May-2018 A320Washington Dulles Intl ()Chicago O'Hare Intl () 06:05AM EDT 06:49AM CDT Scheduled
23-May-2018 A320Raleigh-Durham Intl ()Washington Dulles Intl () 10:44PM EDT 11:24PM EDT Taxiing
23-May-2018 A320Washington Dulles Intl ()Raleigh-Durham Intl () 05:39PM EDT 06:06PM EDT 0:26
22-May-2018 A320Raleigh-Durham Intl ()Washington Dulles Intl () 09:37PM EDT 10:12PM EDT 0:35
22-May-2018 A320Washington Dulles Intl ()Raleigh-Durham Intl () 07:57PM EDT 08:36PM EDT 0:39
22-May-2018 A320Newark Liberty Intl ()Washington Dulles Intl () 03:33PM EDT 04:48PM EDT (?) 1:14
22-May-2018 A320Seattle-Tacoma Intl ()Newark Liberty Intl () 06:02AM PDT 02:07PM EDT 5:05
21-May-2018 A320San Francisco Intl ()Seattle-Tacoma Intl () 11:23PM PDT 12:47AM PDT (+1) 1:23
21-May-2018 A320San Diego Intl ()San Francisco Intl () 04:36PM PDT 05:44PM PDT 1:08
21-May-2018 A320Chicago O'Hare Intl ()San Diego Intl () 01:25PM CDT 03:21PM PDT 3:56
21-May-2018 A320Newark Liberty Intl ()Chicago O'Hare Intl () 10:45AM EDT 11:38AM CDT 1:52
21-May-2018 A320Hartsfield-Jackson Intl ()Newark Liberty Intl () 06:19AM EDT 07:56AM EDT 1:37
20-May-2018 A320Newark Liberty Intl ()Hartsfield-Jackson Intl () 07:30PM EDT 09:12PM EDT 1:42
20-May-2018 A320Austin-Bergstrom Intl ()Newark Liberty Intl () 01:21PM CDT 05:38PM EDT 3:17
20-May-2018 A320Newark Liberty Intl ()Austin-Bergstrom Intl () 08:42AM EDT 10:47AM CDT 3:05
20-May-2018 A320Raleigh-Durham Intl ()Newark Liberty Intl () 06:18AM EDT 07:29AM EDT 1:11
19-May-2018 A320Newark Liberty Intl ()Raleigh-Durham Intl () 10:25PM EDT 11:29PM EDT 1:04
19-May-2018 A320Tampa Intl ()Newark Liberty Intl () 06:25PM EDT 08:23PM EDT 1:58
19-May-2018 A320Newark Liberty Intl ()Tampa Intl () 01:58PM EDT 04:35PM EDT 2:37
19-May-2018 A320Fort Lauderdale Intl ()Newark Liberty Intl () 10:03AM EDT 12:19PM EDT 2:16
19-May-2018 A320Newark Liberty Intl ()Fort Lauderdale Intl () 06:20AM EDT 08:54AM EDT 2:34
18-May-2018 A320Jacksonville Intl ()Newark Liberty Intl () 06:51PM EDT 08:42PM EDT 1:51
18-May-2018 A320Chicago O'Hare Intl ()Jacksonville Intl () 02:32PM CDT 05:21PM EDT 1:48
18-May-2018 A320Sacramento Intl ()Chicago O'Hare Intl () 06:49AM PDT 12:27PM CDT 3:38
17-May-2018 A320Chicago O'Hare Intl ()Sacramento Intl () 08:13PM CDT 10:01PM PDT 3:48
17-May-2018 A320Raleigh-Durham Intl ()Chicago O'Hare Intl () 05:38PM EDT 06:13PM CDT 1:35
17-May-2018 A320Newark Liberty Intl ()Raleigh-Durham Intl () 03:29PM EDT 04:29PM EDT 1:00
17-May-2018 A320Boston Logan Intl ()Newark Liberty Intl () 01:32PM EDT 02:09PM EDT 0:37
17-May-2018 A320Newark Liberty Intl ()Boston Logan Intl () 10:41AM EDT 11:22AM EDT 0:41
17-May-2018 A320New Orleans Intl ()Newark Liberty Intl () 06:05AM CDT 09:32AM EDT 2:27
16-May-2018 A320Houston Bush Int'ctl ()New Orleans Intl () 10:04PM CDT 10:47PM CDT 0:43
16-May-2018 A320San Diego Intl ()Houston Bush Int'ctl () 04:27PM PDT 08:27PM CDT 2:00
16-May-2018 A320Washington Dulles Intl ()San Diego Intl () 12:44PM EDT 02:38PM PDT 4:54
16-May-2018 A320Fort Lauderdale Intl ()Washington Dulles Intl () 09:38AM EDT 11:25AM EDT 1:47
15-May-2018 A320Washington Dulles Intl ()Fort Lauderdale Intl () 06:46PM EDT 09:08PM EDT 2:22
15-May-2018 A320Fort Lauderdale Intl ()Washington Dulles Intl () 01:44PM EDT 03:46PM EDT 2:02
15-May-2018 A320Chicago O'Hare Intl ()Fort Lauderdale Intl () 08:16AM CDT 11:53AM EDT 2:37
15-May-2018 A320Washington Dulles Intl ()Chicago O'Hare Intl () 05:56AM EDT 06:11AM CDT 1:14
14-May-2018 A320Bradley Intl ()Washington Dulles Intl () 10:45PM EDT 11:34PM EDT 0:49
14-May-2018 A320Washington Dulles Intl ()Bradley Intl () 09:04PM EDT 09:47PM EDT 0:42
14-May-2018 A320Portland Intl ()Washington Dulles Intl () 08:04AM PDT 03:58PM EDT 4:54
13-May-2018 A320Denver Intl ()Portland Intl () 07:18PM MDT 08:25PM PDT 2:06
13-May-2018 A320Tucson Intl ()Denver Intl () 03:39PM MST 05:51PM MDT 1:12
13-May-2018 A320Denver Intl ()Tucson Intl () 11:55AM MDT 12:35PM MST 1:39
13-May-2018 A320Raleigh-Durham Intl ()Denver Intl () 08:46AM EDT 09:48AM MDT 3:02
12-May-2018 A320Denver Intl ()Raleigh-Durham Intl () 10:17AM MDT 03:07PM EDT 2:50
12-May-2018 A320Albuquerque Intl Sunport ()Denver Intl () 07:56AM MDT 08:39AM MDT 0:42
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