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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.
C.W. Reed
Looks like this one is headed back to RNO tonight from DEN, ETA 2020L 3-2-2019! Cheers!!
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Date Aircraft Origin Destination Departure Arrival Duration
27-Jan-2020 A320Newark Liberty Intl ()Southwest Florida Intl () 06:55PM EST 09:52PM EST Scheduled
27-Jan-2020 A320Palm Beach Intl ()Newark Liberty Intl () 02:40PM EST 05:15PM EST Scheduled
27-Jan-2020 A320Newark Liberty Intl ()Palm Beach Intl () 10:40AM EST 01:34PM EST Scheduled
27-Jan-2020 A320Raleigh-Durham Intl ()Newark Liberty Intl () 08:03AM EST 09:04AM EST Scheduled
26-Jan-2020 A320Newark Liberty Intl ()Raleigh-Durham Intl () 08:39PM EST 10:04PM EST Scheduled
26-Jan-2020 A320Miami Intl ()Newark Liberty Intl () 04:18PM EST 06:58PM EST Scheduled
26-Jan-2020 A320Newark Liberty Intl ()Miami Intl () 12:15PM EST 03:01PM EST Scheduled
26-Jan-2020 A320Austin-Bergstrom Intl ()Newark Liberty Intl () 07:09AM CST 11:05AM EST Taxiing
25-Jan-2020 A320Newark Liberty Intl ()Austin-Bergstrom Intl () 07:59PM EST 10:36PM CST 3:36
25-Jan-2020 A320Yampa Valley ()Newark Liberty Intl () 12:27PM MST 05:54PM EST 3:27
25-Jan-2020 A320Newark Liberty Intl ()Yampa Valley () 08:36AM EST 10:30AM MST 3:53
24-Jan-2020 A320Houston Bush Int'ctl ()Newark Liberty Intl () 06:59PM CST 10:36PM EST 2:36
24-Jan-2020 A320Lic. Gustavo Diaz Ordaz Int'l ()Houston Bush Int'ctl () 02:09PM CST 04:04PM CST 1:54
24-Jan-2020 A320Houston Bush Int'ctl ()Lic. Gustavo Diaz Ordaz Int'l () 10:37AM CST 12:39PM CST 2:02
24-Jan-2020 A320Austin-Bergstrom Intl ()Houston Bush Int'ctl () 07:29AM CST 07:57AM CST 0:27
23-Jan-2020 A320Houston Bush Int'ctl ()Austin-Bergstrom Intl () 09:01PM CST 09:28PM CST 0:27
23-Jan-2020 A320Washington Dulles Intl ()Houston Bush Int'ctl () 05:33PM EST 07:30PM CST (?) 2:56
23-Jan-2020 A320Fort Lauderdale Intl ()Washington Dulles Intl () 02:01PM EST 03:56PM EST 1:54
23-Jan-2020 A320Houston Bush Int'ctl ()Fort Lauderdale Intl () 09:52AM CST 12:47PM EST 1:54
23-Jan-2020 A320Baltimore/Washington Intl ()Houston Bush Int'ctl () 06:05AM EST 08:10AM CST 3:05
22-Jan-2020 A320Houston Bush Int'ctl ()Baltimore/Washington Intl () 08:23PM CST 11:42PM EST 2:18
22-Jan-2020 A320Reagan National ()Houston Bush Int'ctl () 04:31PM EST 06:46PM CST 3:14
22-Jan-2020 A320Chicago O'Hare Intl ()Reagan National () 12:51PM CST 03:15PM EST 1:23
22-Jan-2020 A320Washington Dulles Intl ()Chicago O'Hare Intl () 10:35AM EST 11:02AM CST 1:26
22-Jan-2020 A320Chicago O'Hare Intl ()Washington Dulles Intl () 06:23AM CST 08:44AM EST 1:20
21-Jan-2020 A320Philadelphia Intl ()Chicago O'Hare Intl () 06:50PM EST 07:29PM CST 1:38
21-Jan-2020 A320Chicago O'Hare Intl ()Philadelphia Intl () 03:08PM CST 05:42PM EST 1:33
21-Jan-2020 A320Southwest Florida Intl ()Chicago O'Hare Intl () 12:04PM EST 01:45PM CST 2:40
21-Jan-2020 A320Washington Dulles Intl ()Southwest Florida Intl () 08:32AM EST 10:38AM EST 2:06
20-Jan-2020 A320San Francisco Intl ()Washington Dulles Intl () 12:38PM PST 08:21PM EST 4:42
20-Jan-2020 A320Chicago O'Hare Intl ()San Francisco Intl () 08:53AM CST 11:03AM PST 4:09
19-Jan-2020 A320Dallas-Fort Worth Intl ()Chicago O'Hare Intl () 05:53PM CST 07:40PM CST 1:46
19-Jan-2020 A320Chicago O'Hare Intl ()Dallas-Fort Worth Intl () 01:17PM CST 03:19PM CST 2:01
19-Jan-2020 A320Tampa Intl ()Chicago O'Hare Intl () 09:42AM EST 11:04AM CST 2:21
18-Jan-2020 A320Chicago O'Hare Intl ()Tampa Intl () 06:44PM CST 09:59PM EST 2:14
18-Jan-2020 A320Minneapolis/St Paul Intl ()Chicago O'Hare Intl () 03:46PM CST 04:45PM CST 0:59
18-Jan-2020 A320Denver Intl ()Minneapolis/St Paul Intl () 11:31AM MST 02:00PM CST 1:29
18-Jan-2020 A320Mahlon Sweet Field ()Denver Intl () 06:42AM PST 09:39AM MST 1:56
17-Jan-2020 A320Denver Intl ()Mahlon Sweet Field () 07:52PM MST 09:25PM PST 2:32
17-Jan-2020 A320Gerald R Ford Intl ()Denver Intl () 06:12PM EST 06:46PM MST 2:33
17-Jan-2020 A320Denver Intl ()Gerald R Ford Intl () 12:16PM MST 04:09PM EST 1:53
17-Jan-2020 A320Mahlon Sweet Field ()Denver Intl () 06:35AM PST 09:35AM MST 2:00
16-Jan-2020 A320Denver Intl ()Mahlon Sweet Field () 07:32PM MST 08:51PM PST 2:18
16-Jan-2020 A320Houston Bush Int'ctl ()Denver Intl () 04:45PM CST 05:48PM MST 2:02
16-Jan-2020 A320Denver Intl ()Houston Bush Int'ctl () 12:22PM MST 03:18PM CST 1:55
16-Jan-2020 A320San Francisco Intl ()Denver Intl () 07:55AM PST 10:53AM MST 1:57
15-Jan-2020 A320Sacramento Intl ()San Francisco Intl () 08:51PM PST 09:23PM PST 0:31
15-Jan-2020 A320San Francisco Intl ()Sacramento Intl () 07:28PM PST 07:51PM PST 0:23
15-Jan-2020 A320Lic. Gustavo Diaz Ordaz Int'l ()San Francisco Intl () 03:33PM CST 04:45PM PST 3:11
15-Jan-2020 A320San Francisco Intl ()Lic. Gustavo Diaz Ordaz Int'l () 09:03AM PST 02:23PM CST 3:20
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