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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 SchenauerPhoto 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 SchenauerPhoto 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 SchenauerPhoto 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 SchenauerPhoto 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
24-Jan-2019 A320Denver Intl ()Calgary Int'l () 07:30PM MST 09:48PM MST Scheduled
24-Jan-2019 A320Pittsburgh Intl ()Denver Intl () 04:35PM EST 05:57PM MST Scheduled
24-Jan-2019 A320Denver Intl ()Pittsburgh Intl () 10:30AM MST 02:55PM EST Scheduled
24-Jan-2019 A320Baltimore/Washington Intl ()Denver Intl () 07:11AM EST 09:03AM MST Scheduled
23-Jan-2019 A320Chicago O'Hare Intl ()Baltimore/Washington Intl () 02:10PM CST 04:40PM EST Scheduled
23-Jan-2019 A320Newark Liberty Intl ()Chicago O'Hare Intl () 10:40AM EST 11:48AM CST 2:07
22-Jan-2019 A320New Orleans Intl ()Newark Liberty Intl () 08:02PM CST 11:27PM EST 2:24
22-Jan-2019 A320Newark Liberty Intl ()New Orleans Intl () 03:13PM EST 05:01PM CST 2:47
22-Jan-2019 A320Southwest Florida Intl ()Newark Liberty Intl () 09:34AM EST 11:58AM EST 2:24
21-Jan-2019 A320Newark Liberty Intl ()Southwest Florida Intl () 05:07PM EST 07:32PM EST 2:24
21-Jan-2019 A320Seattle-Tacoma Intl ()Newark Liberty Intl () 07:11AM PST 02:46PM EST 4:34
20-Jan-2019 A320Newark Liberty Intl ()Seattle-Tacoma Intl () 07:09PM EST 09:50PM PST 5:41
20-Jan-2019 A320Miami Intl ()Newark Liberty Intl () 03:19PM EST 05:37PM EST 2:18
20-Jan-2019 A320Newark Liberty Intl ()Miami Intl () 09:59AM EST 12:58PM EST 2:59
19-Jan-2019 A320Southwest Florida Intl ()Newark Liberty Intl () 07:02PM EST 09:11PM EST 2:09
19-Jan-2019 A320Chicago O'Hare Intl ()Southwest Florida Intl () 02:33PM CST 06:20PM EST 2:46
19-Jan-2019 A320Denver Intl ()Chicago O'Hare Intl () 07:13AM MST 10:56AM CST 2:42
18-Jan-2019 A320LaGuardia ()Denver Intl () 06:54PM EST 08:36PM MST 3:41
18-Jan-2019 A320Denver Intl ()LaGuardia () 10:30AM MST 03:39PM EST 3:09
18-Jan-2019 A320Baltimore/Washington Intl ()Denver Intl () 07:30AM EST 09:13AM MST 3:42
17-Jan-2019 A320Houston Bush Int'ctl ()Baltimore/Washington Intl () 12:42PM CST 04:06PM EST 2:23
17-Jan-2019 A320Tampa Intl ()Houston Bush Int'ctl () 09:35AM EST 10:32AM CST 1:57
16-Jan-2019 A320Washington Dulles Intl ()Tampa Intl () 06:11PM EST 08:03PM EST 1:52
16-Jan-2019 A320San Francisco Intl ()Washington Dulles Intl () 09:39AM PST 05:08PM EST 4:28
16-Jan-2019 A320San Diego Intl ()San Francisco Intl () 06:40AM PST 07:54AM PST 1:13
15-Jan-2019 A320San Francisco Intl ()San Diego Intl () 07:01PM PST 08:05PM PST 1:03
15-Jan-2019 A320McCarran Intl ()San Francisco Intl () 04:37PM PST 05:43PM PST 1:05
15-Jan-2019 A320San Francisco Intl ()McCarran Intl () 01:45PM PST 02:55PM PST 1:09
15-Jan-2019 A320Nashville Intl ()San Francisco Intl () 08:28AM CST 11:03AM PST 4:34
14-Jan-2019 A320San Francisco Intl ()Nashville Intl () 06:01PM PST 11:37PM CST 3:35
14-Jan-2019 A320Los Angeles Intl ()San Francisco Intl () 02:29PM PST 03:30PM PST 1:00
14-Jan-2019 A320San Francisco Intl ()Los Angeles Intl () 12:11PM PST 01:17PM PST 1:05
14-Jan-2019 A320Los Angeles Intl ()San Francisco Intl () 08:09AM PST 09:22AM PST 1:12
14-Jan-2019 A320Phoenix Sky Harbor Intl ()Los Angeles Intl () 06:14AM MST 06:18AM PST 1:03
13-Jan-2019 A320Los Angeles Intl ()Phoenix Sky Harbor Intl () 09:13PM PST 11:06PM MST 0:53
13-Jan-2019 A320Washington Dulles Intl ()Los Angeles Intl () 06:03PM EST 07:56PM PST 4:52
13-Jan-2019 A320Tampa Intl ()Washington Dulles Intl () 01:59PM EST 03:43PM EST 1:43
13-Jan-2019 A320Washington Dulles Intl ()Tampa Intl () 11:08AM EST 01:02PM EST 1:53
12-Jan-2019 A320Yampa Valley ()Washington Dulles Intl () 12:12PM MST 05:12PM EST 2:59
12-Jan-2019 A320Washington Dulles Intl ()Yampa Valley () 09:02AM EST 10:38AM MST 3:35
12-Jan-2019 A320Pittsburgh Intl ()Washington Dulles Intl () 06:16AM EST 06:52AM EST 0:35
11-Jan-2019 A320Spokane Intl ()Denver Intl () 02:30PM PST 05:21PM MST 1:51
11-Jan-2019 A320Denver Intl ()Spokane Intl () 12:43PM MST 01:34PM PST 1:50
10-Jan-2019 A320Sacramento Intl ()Denver Intl () 01:53PM PST 04:47PM MST 1:54
10-Jan-2019 A320Denver Intl ()Sacramento Intl () 11:21AM MST 12:28PM PST 2:06
09-Jan-2019 A320Washington Dulles Intl ()McCarran Intl () 12:46PM EST 02:41PM PST 4:54
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