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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
08-Dec-2019 A320Dallas-Fort Worth Intl ()Chicago O'Hare Intl () 06:27PM CST 08:25PM CST Scheduled
08-Dec-2019 A320Chicago O'Hare Intl ()Dallas-Fort Worth Intl () 03:32PM CST 05:32PM CST Scheduled
08-Dec-2019 A320Sarasota/Bradenton Intl ()Chicago O'Hare Intl () 01:08PM EST 02:41PM CST En Route
08-Dec-2019 A320Chicago O'Hare Intl ()Sarasota/Bradenton Intl () 08:45AM CST 11:54AM EST 2:08
08-Dec-2019 A320Kansas City Intl ()Chicago O'Hare Intl () 06:35AM CST 07:37AM CST 1:01
07-Dec-2019 A320Chicago O'Hare Intl ()Kansas City Intl () 04:07PM CST 05:10PM CST 1:02
07-Dec-2019 A320Philadelphia Intl ()Chicago O'Hare Intl () 01:37PM EST 02:24PM CST 1:46
07-Dec-2019 A320Chicago O'Hare Intl ()Philadelphia Intl () 10:08AM CST 12:31PM EST 1:22
07-Dec-2019 A320Raleigh-Durham Intl ()Chicago O'Hare Intl () 08:10AM EST 09:03AM CST 1:53
06-Dec-2019 A320Chicago O'Hare Intl ()Raleigh-Durham Intl () 07:16PM CST 09:41PM EST 1:24
06-Dec-2019 A320Reagan National ()Chicago O'Hare Intl () 05:12PM EST 05:56PM CST 1:43
06-Dec-2019 A320Houston Bush Int'ctl ()Reagan National () 12:25PM CST 03:51PM EST 2:25
06-Dec-2019 A320Mc Allen Miller Intl ()Houston Bush Int'ctl () 10:03AM CST 11:05AM CST 1:01
06-Dec-2019 A320Houston Bush Int'ctl ()Mc Allen Miller Intl () 07:57AM CST 08:50AM CST 0:52
05-Dec-2019 A320Miami Intl ()Houston Bush Int'ctl () 07:29PM EST 08:47PM CST 2:17
05-Dec-2019 A320Chicago O'Hare Intl ()Miami Intl () 02:12PM CST 05:43PM EST 2:30
05-Dec-2019 A320Sacramento Intl ()Chicago O'Hare Intl () 07:04AM PST 12:30PM CST 3:25
04-Dec-2019 A320Chicago O'Hare Intl ()Sacramento Intl () 08:02PM CST 10:05PM PST 4:03
04-Dec-2019 A320Tampa Intl ()Chicago O'Hare Intl () 05:06PM EST 06:46PM CST 2:39
04-Dec-2019 A320Denver Intl ()Tampa Intl () 11:04AM MST 03:45PM EST 2:40
04-Dec-2019 A320Philadelphia Intl ()Denver Intl () 06:35AM EST 08:27AM MST 3:51
03-Dec-2019 A320Denver Intl ()Philadelphia Intl () 11:45AM MST 04:43PM EST 2:57
03-Dec-2019 A320Albuquerque Intl Sunport ()Denver Intl () 08:32AM MST 09:26AM MST 0:53
02-Dec-2019 A320Denver Intl ()Albuquerque Intl Sunport () 07:45PM MST 08:37PM MST 0:52
02-Dec-2019 A320LaGuardia ()Denver Intl () 05:09PM EST 06:43PM MST 3:34
02-Dec-2019 A320Houston Bush Int'ctl ()LaGuardia () 11:09AM CST 03:31PM EST 3:21
02-Dec-2019 A320Fort Lauderdale Intl ()Houston Bush Int'ctl () 07:18AM EST 08:45AM CST 2:26
01-Dec-2019 A320Houston Bush Int'ctl ()Fort Lauderdale Intl () 08:13PM CST 11:09PM EST 1:55
01-Dec-2019 A320Boston Logan Intl ()Houston Bush Int'ctl () 03:54PM EST 07:04PM CST 4:09
01-Dec-2019 A320Houston Bush Int'ctl ()Boston Logan Intl () 10:24AM CST 02:35PM EST 3:10
01-Dec-2019 A320Mc Allen Miller Intl ()Houston Bush Int'ctl () 07:22AM CST 08:15AM CST 0:52
30-Nov-2019 A320Houston Bush Int'ctl ()Mc Allen Miller Intl () 11:13PM CST 12:02AM CST (+1) 0:48
30-Nov-2019 A320Fort Lauderdale Intl ()Houston Bush Int'ctl () 07:00PM EST 08:19PM CST 2:18
30-Nov-2019 A320Houston Bush Int'ctl ()Fort Lauderdale Intl () 02:45PM CST 05:42PM EST 1:56
30-Nov-2019 A320Hartsfield-Jackson Intl ()Houston Bush Int'ctl () 12:21PM EST 01:07PM CST 1:45
30-Nov-2019 A320Houston Bush Int'ctl ()Hartsfield-Jackson Intl () 08:24AM CST 10:51AM EST 1:27
29-Nov-2019 A320San Francisco Intl ()Houston Bush Int'ctl () 01:24PM PST 06:27PM CST 3:02
29-Nov-2019 A320Houston Bush Int'ctl ()San Francisco Intl () 09:55AM CST 11:35AM PST 3:39
28-Nov-2019 A320McCarran Intl ()Houston Bush Int'ctl () 12:26PM PST 04:56PM CST 2:29
28-Nov-2019 A320Houston Bush Int'ctl ()McCarran Intl () 10:06AM CST 10:51AM PST 2:44
28-Nov-2019 A320Fort Lauderdale Intl ()Houston Bush Int'ctl () 07:10AM EST 08:35AM CST 2:24
27-Nov-2019 A320Houston Bush Int'ctl ()Fort Lauderdale Intl () 08:20PM CST 11:13PM EST 1:52
27-Nov-2019 A320LaGuardia ()Houston Bush Int'ctl () 02:22PM EST 05:14PM CST 3:51
27-Nov-2019 A320Denver Intl ()LaGuardia () 08:05AM MST 01:02PM EST 2:56
27-Nov-2019 A320Indianapolis Intl ()Denver Intl () 06:10AM EST 06:48AM MST 2:37
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