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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
21-Oct-2018 A320Newark Liberty Intl ()Nashville Intl () 03:23PM EDT 04:20PM CDT Scheduled
21-Oct-2018 A320Orlando Intl ()Newark Liberty Intl () 11:35AM EDT 01:50PM EDT Scheduled
21-Oct-2018 A320Washington Dulles Intl ()Orlando Intl () 08:25AM EDT 10:20AM EDT Scheduled
21-Oct-2018 A320Pittsburgh Intl ()Washington Dulles Intl () 06:34AM EDT 07:10AM EDT Scheduled
20-Oct-2018 A320Washington Dulles Intl ()Pittsburgh Intl () 10:43PM EDT 11:16PM EDT Scheduled
20-Oct-2018 A320New Orleans Intl ()Washington Dulles Intl () 06:05PM CDT 09:06PM EDT Scheduled
20-Oct-2018 A320Newark Liberty Intl ()New Orleans Intl () 03:10PM EDT 04:55PM CDT Scheduled
20-Oct-2018 A320Denver Intl ()Newark Liberty Intl () 06:10AM MDT 11:08AM EDT Scheduled
19-Oct-2018 A320John Wayne ()Denver Intl () 06:13PM PDT 09:09PM MDT 1:56
19-Oct-2018 A320Denver Intl ()John Wayne () 04:15PM MDT 05:04PM PDT (?) 1:48
19-Oct-2018 A320Jackson Hole ()Denver Intl () 01:38PM MDT 02:40PM MDT 1:02
19-Oct-2018 A320Denver Intl ()Jackson Hole () 11:31AM MDT 12:31PM MDT (?) 0:59
18-Oct-2018 A320LaGuardia ()Denver Intl () 06:57PM EDT 08:48PM MDT 3:51
18-Oct-2018 A320Denver Intl ()LaGuardia () 12:14PM MDT 05:33PM EDT 3:19
18-Oct-2018 A320Wichita Eisenhower ()Denver Intl () 10:13AM CDT 10:21AM MDT 1:08
17-Oct-2018 A320Denver Intl ()Wichita Eisenhower () 08:36PM MDT 10:31PM CDT 0:55
17-Oct-2018 A320Washington Dulles Intl ()Denver Intl () 05:40PM EDT 07:07PM MDT 3:27
17-Oct-2018 A320Lic. Benito Juarez Int'l ()Washington Dulles Intl () 09:49AM CDT 02:31PM EDT 3:42
16-Oct-2018 A320Washington Dulles Intl ()Lic. Benito Juarez Int'l () 05:45PM EDT 09:01PM CDT 4:15
16-Oct-2018 A320Tampa Intl ()Washington Dulles Intl () 01:56PM EDT 03:42PM EDT 1:46
16-Oct-2018 A320Washington Dulles Intl ()Tampa Intl () 08:50AM EDT 10:41AM EDT 1:51
15-Oct-2018 A320Austin-Bergstrom Intl ()Washington Dulles Intl () 04:24PM CDT 07:48PM EDT (?) 2:24
15-Oct-2018 A320San Francisco Intl ()Austin-Bergstrom Intl () 09:33AM PDT 03:14PM CDT (?) 3:41
15-Oct-2018 A320Bob Hope ()San Francisco Intl () 07:21AM PDT 08:16AM PDT 0:55
14-Oct-2018 A320San Francisco Intl ()Bob Hope () 09:14PM PDT 10:01PM PDT (?) 0:47
14-Oct-2018 A320San Diego Intl ()San Francisco Intl () 06:59PM PDT 08:06PM PDT 1:07
14-Oct-2018 A320San Francisco Intl ()San Diego Intl () 04:53PM PDT 06:00PM PDT 1:07
14-Oct-2018 A320Portland Intl ()San Francisco Intl () 01:49PM PDT 03:06PM PDT 1:17
14-Oct-2018 A320San Francisco Intl ()Portland Intl () 11:24AM PDT 12:48PM PDT 1:24
14-Oct-2018 A320Lic. Benito Juarez Int'l ()San Francisco Intl () 06:41AM CDT 08:41AM PDT 4:00
13-Oct-2018 A320San Francisco Intl ()Lic. Benito Juarez Int'l () 11:20PM PDT 04:59AM CDT (+1) 3:38
13-Oct-2018 A320Portland Intl ()San Francisco Intl () 08:37PM PDT 09:56PM PDT 1:19
13-Oct-2018 A320San Francisco Intl ()Portland Intl () 06:18PM PDT 07:41PM PDT (?) 1:23
13-Oct-2018 A320Los Cabos Int'l ()San Francisco Intl () 01:49PM MDT 03:24PM PDT 2:35
13-Oct-2018 A320San Francisco Intl ()Los Cabos Int'l () 08:39AM PDT 12:17PM MDT 2:37
13-Oct-2018 A320McCarran Intl ()San Francisco Intl () 06:09AM PDT 07:11AM PDT 1:02
12-Oct-2018 A320Chicago O'Hare Intl ()McCarran Intl () 07:49PM CDT 09:13PM PDT 3:24
12-Oct-2018 A320Toronto Pearson Int'l ()Chicago O'Hare Intl () 06:12PM EDT 06:31PM CDT (?) 1:19
12-Oct-2018 A320Chicago O'Hare Intl ()Toronto Pearson Int'l () 02:19PM CDT 04:25PM EDT 1:06
12-Oct-2018 A320Seattle-Tacoma Intl ()Chicago O'Hare Intl () 07:05AM PDT 12:27PM CDT 3:22
11-Oct-2018 A320San Francisco Intl ()Seattle-Tacoma Intl () 06:46PM PDT 08:33PM PDT 1:47
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