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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
19-Aug-2018 A320Newark Liberty Intl ()Fort Lauderdale Intl () 03:24PM EDT 06:05PM EDT Scheduled
19-Aug-2018 A320Tampa Intl ()Newark Liberty Intl () 11:35AM EDT 02:08PM EDT Scheduled
19-Aug-2018 A320Newark Liberty Intl ()Tampa Intl () 08:00AM EDT 10:14AM EDT Scheduled
18-Aug-2018 A320Houston Bush Int'ctl ()Newark Liberty Intl () 07:56PM CDT 12:06AM EDT (+1) Scheduled
18-Aug-2018 A320Vancouver Int'l ()Houston Bush Int'ctl () 12:25PM PDT 06:32PM CDT Scheduled
18-Aug-2018 A320Newark Liberty Intl ()Vancouver Int'l () 08:15AM EDT 11:19AM PDT Scheduled
18-Aug-2018 A320Asheville Rgnl ()Newark Liberty Intl () 12:09AM EDT 02:24AM EDT (?) 2:15
17-Aug-2018 A320Newark Liberty Intl ()Asheville Rgnl () 02:30PM EDT 03:53PM EDT (?) 1:23
17-Aug-2018 A320Savannah/Hilton Head Intl ()Newark Liberty Intl () 11:32AM EDT 01:13PM EDT (?) 1:41
17-Aug-2018 A320Newark Liberty Intl ()Savannah/Hilton Head Intl () 08:39AM EDT 10:14AM EDT 1:35
17-Aug-2018 A320Boston Logan Intl ()Newark Liberty Intl () 06:18AM EDT 07:05AM EDT (?) 0:47
16-Aug-2018 A320Newark Liberty Intl ()Boston Logan Intl () 09:22PM EDT 09:58PM EDT (?) 0:36
16-Aug-2018 A320San Diego Intl ()Newark Liberty Intl () 11:56AM PDT 07:37PM EDT 4:41
16-Aug-2018 A320Newark Liberty Intl ()San Diego Intl () 08:27AM EDT 10:35AM PDT (?) 5:08
16-Aug-2018 A320Bradley Intl ()Newark Liberty Intl () 06:17AM EDT 06:42AM EDT 0:25
15-Aug-2018 A320Newark Liberty Intl ()Bradley Intl () 11:18PM EDT 11:47PM EDT 0:29
15-Aug-2018 A320Houston Bush Int'ctl ()Newark Liberty Intl () 06:27PM CDT 10:22PM EDT (?) 2:55
15-Aug-2018 A320John Wayne ()Houston Bush Int'ctl () 12:00PM PDT 04:48PM CDT 2:48
15-Aug-2018 A320Houston Bush Int'ctl ()John Wayne () 09:59AM CDT 10:44AM PDT (?) 2:45
15-Aug-2018 A320Don Miguel Hidalgo y Costilla Int'l ()Houston Bush Int'ctl () 06:19AM CDT 08:12AM CDT (?) 1:53
15-Aug-2018 A320Houston Bush Int'ctl ()Don Miguel Hidalgo y Costilla Int'l () 12:10AM CDT 02:00AM CDT (?) 1:50
14-Aug-2018 A320Lic. Benito Juarez Int'l ()Houston Bush Int'ctl () 08:50PM CDT 10:37PM CDT (?) 1:47
14-Aug-2018 A320Houston Bush Int'ctl ()Lic. Benito Juarez Int'l () 05:57PM CDT 07:42PM CDT (?) 1:45
14-Aug-2018 A320Houston Bush Int'ctl ()Chicago O'Hare Intl () 11:16AM CDT 01:16PM CDT Cancelled
13-Aug-2018 A320Los Cabos Int'l ()Houston Bush Int'ctl () 02:55PM MDT 06:01PM CDT 2:06
13-Aug-2018 A320Houston Bush Int'ctl ()Los Cabos Int'l () 12:48PM CDT 01:56PM MDT 2:08
13-Aug-2018 A320Miami Intl ()Houston Bush Int'ctl () 09:20AM EDT 10:48AM CDT 2:28
12-Aug-2018 A320Houston Bush Int'ctl ()Miami Intl () 09:43PM CDT 12:42AM EDT (+1) 1:59
12-Aug-2018 A320New Orleans Intl ()Houston Bush Int'ctl () 07:40PM CDT 08:32PM CDT 0:52
12-Aug-2018 A320Houston Bush Int'ctl ()New Orleans Intl () 06:02PM CDT 06:46PM CDT 0:44
12-Aug-2018 A320New Orleans Intl ()Houston Bush Int'ctl () 07:13AM CDT 08:02AM CDT 0:49
12-Aug-2018 A320Houston Bush Int'ctl ()New Orleans Intl () 01:24AM CDT 02:06AM CDT 0:42
11-Aug-2018 A320Minneapolis/St Paul Intl ()Houston Bush Int'ctl () 07:36PM CDT 09:55PM CDT 2:18
11-Aug-2018 A320Chicago O'Hare Intl ()Minneapolis/St Paul Intl () 05:09PM CDT 06:06PM CDT 0:56
11-Aug-2018 A320Newark Liberty Intl ()Chicago O'Hare Intl () 01:59PM EDT 03:06PM CDT 2:07
11-Aug-2018 A320Palm Beach Intl ()Newark Liberty Intl () 10:09AM EDT 12:21PM EDT 2:12
11-Aug-2018 A320Newark Liberty Intl ()Palm Beach Intl () 06:22AM EDT 08:34AM EDT (?) 2:12
10-Aug-2018 A320Vancouver Int'l ()Newark Liberty Intl () 01:39PM PDT 09:29PM EDT 4:50
10-Aug-2018 A320Houston Bush Int'ctl ()Vancouver Int'l () 09:54AM CDT 12:05PM PDT 4:11
10-Aug-2018 A320Don Miguel Hidalgo y Costilla Int'l ()Houston Bush Int'ctl () 06:06AM CDT 07:58AM CDT 1:52
09-Aug-2018 A320Houston Bush Int'ctl ()Don Miguel Hidalgo y Costilla Int'l () 09:55PM CDT 11:43PM CDT 1:48
09-Aug-2018 A320John Wayne ()Houston Bush Int'ctl () 03:05PM PDT 07:54PM CDT 2:49
09-Aug-2018 A320Houston Bush Int'ctl ()John Wayne () 12:45PM CDT 01:38PM PDT 2:53
09-Aug-2018 A320Calgary Int'l ()Houston Bush Int'ctl () 06:06AM MDT 10:39AM CDT 3:33
08-Aug-2018 A320Houston Bush Int'ctl ()Calgary Int'l () 07:38PM CDT 10:22PM MDT (?) 3:44
08-Aug-2018 A320LaGuardia ()Houston Bush Int'ctl () 03:48PM EDT 06:06PM CDT (?) 3:18
08-Aug-2018 A320Houston Bush Int'ctl ()Denver Intl () 12:05PM CDT 01:11PM MDT Cancelled
08-Aug-2018 A320Houston Bush Int'ctl ()LaGuardia () 10:26AM CDT 02:31PM EDT 3:05
08-Aug-2018 A320Reagan National ()Houston Bush Int'ctl () 08:05AM EDT 09:50AM CDT Cancelled
07-Aug-2018 A320Houston Bush Int'ctl ()Reagan National () 09:59PM CDT 01:20AM EDT (+1) Cancelled
07-Aug-2018 A320Newark Liberty Intl ()Houston Bush Int'ctl () 09:31PM EDT 11:30PM CDT (?) 2:59
07-Aug-2018 A320Washington Dulles Intl ()Newark Liberty Intl () 01:21PM EDT 02:16PM EDT 0:54
07-Aug-2018 A320Orlando Intl ()Washington Dulles Intl () 09:25AM EDT 11:09AM EDT 1:44
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