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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.<br />Mark T &gt;&gt; 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 &quot;refreshed&quot; every year by UNR students.<br />There are five such letters in the Reno area: the &quot;N&quot; seen here; an &quot;S&quot; for Sparks (see my photo of C-FYJG; it is in the background); also an &quot;R&quot; (see my photo of 89-1186, a C130; it is in the background of the shot); also a &quot;D&quot; for Damonte Ranch, and a &quot;G&quot; for Galena (visible in the background of my picture of helicopter N109LN).
I notice United Airlines has this one marked &quot;A320 Friend Ship&quot;... Somewhat non sequitur is that Fokker called its F27 aircraft the &quot;Friendship&quot;. However United has always been about &quot;Fly the Friendly Skies&quot; so their &quot;Friend Ship&quot; 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.<br />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 &quot;traceable history&quot; than any connection with Airbus or its predecessors. ???<br />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-Nov-2018 A320Houston Bush Int'ctl ()LaGuardia () 05:53PM CST 09:54PM EST Scheduled
21-Nov-2018 A320Los Cabos Int'l ()Houston Bush Int'ctl () 01:15PM MST 04:23PM CST Scheduled
21-Nov-2018 A320Houston Bush Int'ctl ()Los Cabos Int'l () 10:20AM CST 11:49AM MST En Route
21-Nov-2018 A320Eppley Airfield ()Houston Bush Int'ctl () 06:15AM CST 08:05AM CST 1:50
20-Nov-2018 A320Houston Bush Int'ctl ()Eppley Airfield () 08:15PM CST 10:01PM CST 1:46
20-Nov-2018 A320McCarran Intl ()Houston Bush Int'ctl () 02:23PM PST 06:51PM CST 2:28
20-Nov-2018 A320Houston Bush Int'ctl ()McCarran Intl () 12:12PM CST 01:03PM PST 2:51
20-Nov-2018 A320Phoenix Sky Harbor Intl ()Houston Bush Int'ctl () 07:19AM MST 10:18AM CST 1:59
19-Nov-2018 A320Houston Bush Int'ctl ()Phoenix Sky Harbor Intl () 07:14PM CST 08:35PM MST 2:21
19-Nov-2018 A320San Antonio Intl ()Houston Bush Int'ctl () 04:36PM CST 05:14PM CST 0:38
19-Nov-2018 A320Houston Bush Int'ctl ()San Antonio Intl () 02:36PM CST 03:14PM CST 0:38
19-Nov-2018 A320Tampa Intl ()Houston Bush Int'ctl () 12:06PM EST 01:11PM CST 2:05
19-Nov-2018 A320Houston Bush Int'ctl ()Tampa Intl () 08:11AM CST 10:48AM EST 1:37
18-Nov-2018 A320Washington Dulles Intl ()Houston Bush Int'ctl () 05:20PM EST 07:12PM CST 2:52
18-Nov-2018 A320Denver Intl ()Washington Dulles Intl () 11:07AM MST 03:56PM EST 2:48
18-Nov-2018 A320Fort Lauderdale Intl ()Denver Intl () 07:42AM EST 09:42AM MST 4:00
17-Nov-2018 A320Denver Intl ()Fort Lauderdale Intl () 01:43PM MST 06:50PM EST 3:06
17-Nov-2018 A320Sacramento Intl ()Denver Intl () 08:25AM PST 11:18AM MST 1:53
16-Nov-2018 A320Los Angeles Intl ()Sacramento Intl () 10:03PM PST 11:07PM PST 1:04
16-Nov-2018 A320San Francisco Intl ()Los Angeles Intl () 08:03PM PST 08:56PM PST 0:53
16-Nov-2018 A320Portland Intl ()San Francisco Intl () 05:16PM PST 06:46PM PST 1:30
16-Nov-2018 A320Chicago O'Hare Intl ()Portland Intl () 01:12PM CST 03:22PM PST 4:10
16-Nov-2018 A320LaGuardia ()Chicago O'Hare Intl () 10:29AM EST 11:24AM CST 1:55
15-Nov-2018 A320Denver Intl ()LaGuardia () 05:28PM MST 10:37PM EST 3:08
15-Nov-2018 A320Portland Intl ()Denver Intl () 10:51AM PST 01:49PM MST 1:58
15-Nov-2018 A320Denver Intl ()Portland Intl () 08:13AM MST 09:35AM PST 2:22
14-Nov-2018 A320Jacksonville Intl ()Denver Intl () 04:19PM EST 05:31PM MST 3:12
14-Nov-2018 A320Denver Intl ()Jacksonville Intl () 10:16AM MST 03:09PM EST 2:53
14-Nov-2018 A320Raleigh-Durham Intl ()Denver Intl () 07:24AM EST 08:47AM MST 3:23
13-Nov-2018 A320Denver Intl ()Raleigh-Durham Intl () 05:48PM MST 10:40PM EST 2:52
13-Nov-2018 A320Phoenix Sky Harbor Intl ()Denver Intl () 02:46PM MST 04:11PM MST (?) 1:25
13-Nov-2018 A320Denver Intl ()Phoenix Sky Harbor Intl () 11:58AM MST 01:17PM MST 1:19
13-Nov-2018 A320Phoenix Sky Harbor Intl ()Denver Intl () 09:11AM MST 10:47AM MST 1:36
12-Nov-2018 A320Washington Dulles Intl ()Phoenix Sky Harbor Intl () 05:56PM EST 08:35PM MST 4:39
12-Nov-2018 A320Bradley Intl ()Washington Dulles Intl () 03:14PM EST 04:19PM EST 1:05
12-Nov-2018 A320Washington Dulles Intl ()Bradley Intl () 12:49PM EST 01:46PM EST 0:57
12-Nov-2018 A320Bradley Intl ()Washington Dulles Intl () 10:43AM EST 11:38AM EST 0:55
12-Nov-2018 A320Washington Dulles Intl ()Bradley Intl () 08:38AM EST 09:32AM EST 0:54
11-Nov-2018 A320Denver Intl ()Washington Dulles Intl () 09:22PM MST 01:54AM EST (+1) 2:31
11-Nov-2018 A320Ontario Intl ()Denver Intl () 04:46PM PST 07:40PM MST 1:54
11-Nov-2018 A320Denver Intl ()Ontario Intl () 02:25PM MST 03:16PM PST 1:51
11-Nov-2018 A320McCarran Intl ()Denver Intl () 10:40AM PST 01:05PM MST 1:25
11-Nov-2018 A320Denver Intl ()McCarran Intl () 08:50AM MST 09:12AM PST 1:21
11-Nov-2018 A320The Eastern Iowa ()Denver Intl () 06:09AM CST 07:02AM MST 1:53
10-Nov-2018 A320Denver Intl ()The Eastern Iowa () 08:26PM MST 10:45PM CST 1:18
10-Nov-2018 A320Portland Intl ()Denver Intl () 03:40PM PST 06:43PM MST 2:03
10-Nov-2018 A320Denver Intl ()Portland Intl () 12:06PM MST 01:29PM PST 2:23
10-Nov-2018 A320Toronto Pearson Int'l ()Denver Intl () 08:41AM EST 10:02AM MST 3:21
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