This website uses cookies. By using and further navigating this website, you accept this.
Did you know that FlightAware flight tracking is supported by advertising?
You can help us keep FlightAware free by allowing ads from We work hard to keep our advertising relevant and unobtrusive to create a great experience. It's quick and easy to whitelist ads on FlightAware or please consider our premium accounts.
(Register or Login)
  47 Votes (4.57 Average) and 29,463 Views  

/images/icons/csMagGlass.png medium / large / full

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.


Please log in or register to post a comment.

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.
Want a full history search for N475UA dating back to 1998? Buy now. Get it within one hour.
Date Aircraft Origin Destination Departure Arrival Duration
22-Aug-2018 A320Newark Liberty Intl ()Houston Bush Int'ctl () 01:15PM EDT 03:26PM CDT Scheduled
22-Aug-2018 A320Houston Bush Int'ctl ()Newark Liberty Intl () 07:45AM CDT 11:49AM EDT Scheduled
21-Aug-2018 A320San Francisco Intl ()Houston Bush Int'ctl () 08:28PM PDT 01:43AM CDT (+1) Scheduled
21-Aug-2018 A320Houston Bush Int'ctl ()San Francisco Intl () 04:34PM CDT 06:19PM PDT Scheduled
21-Aug-2018 A320San Francisco Intl ()Houston Bush Int'ctl () 09:30AM PDT 03:03PM CDT Scheduled
21-Aug-2018 A320Rogue Valley Intl ()San Francisco Intl () 07:10AM PDT 08:15AM PDT Scheduled
20-Aug-2018 A320Denver Intl ()Rogue Valley Intl () 07:04PM MDT 08:25PM PDT 2:20
20-Aug-2018 A320Detroit Metro Wayne Co ()Denver Intl () 05:09PM EDT 05:46PM MDT 2:36
20-Aug-2018 A320Denver Intl ()Detroit Metro Wayne Co () 10:16AM MDT 02:44PM EDT 2:28
20-Aug-2018 A320Spokane Intl ()Denver Intl () 05:47AM PDT 08:40AM MDT 1:53
19-Aug-2018 A320Denver Intl ()Spokane Intl () 10:32PM MDT 11:23PM PDT 1:50
19-Aug-2018 A320Fort Lauderdale Intl ()Denver Intl () 07:41PM EDT 09:17PM MDT 3:36
19-Aug-2018 A320Newark Liberty Intl ()Fort Lauderdale Intl () 04:09PM EDT 06:31PM EDT 2:22
19-Aug-2018 A320Tampa Intl ()Newark Liberty Intl () 12:42PM EDT 02:58PM EDT 2:16
19-Aug-2018 A320Newark Liberty Intl ()Tampa Intl () 08:22AM EDT 10:35AM EDT (?) 2:13
18-Aug-2018 A320Houston Bush Int'ctl ()Newark Liberty Intl () 08:26PM CDT 12:20AM EDT (+1) (?) 2:54
18-Aug-2018 A320Vancouver Int'l ()Houston Bush Int'ctl () 12:26PM PDT 06:23PM CDT 3:57
18-Aug-2018 A320Newark Liberty Intl ()Vancouver Int'l () 08:31AM EDT 10:45AM PDT 5:13
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
Basic users (becoming a basic user is free and easy!) view 3 months history. Join


Don't have an account? Register now (free) for customized features, flight alerts, and more!