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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
23-Nov-2019 B738San Francisco Intl ()San Diego Intl () 10:10AM PST 11:31AM PST Scheduled
23-Nov-2019 A320Vancouver Int'l ()San Francisco Intl () 06:15AM PST 08:23AM PST Scheduled
22-Nov-2019 A320Houston Bush Int'ctl ()Vancouver Int'l () 06:59PM CST 09:37PM PST Scheduled
22-Nov-2019 A320Newark Liberty Intl ()Houston Bush Int'ctl () 02:43PM EST 05:15PM CST Scheduled
22-Nov-2019 A320Chicago O'Hare Intl ()Newark Liberty Intl () 10:35AM CST 01:21PM EST Scheduled
22-Nov-2019 A320Harrisburg Intl ()Chicago O'Hare Intl () 07:40AM EST 08:27AM CST Scheduled
21-Nov-2019 A320Chicago O'Hare Intl ()Harrisburg Intl () 09:03PM CST 11:11PM EST 1:07
21-Nov-2019 A320Tampa Intl ()Chicago O'Hare Intl () 06:36PM EST 07:56PM CST 2:19
21-Nov-2019 A320Denver Intl ()Tampa Intl () 12:33PM MST 05:31PM EST 2:57
21-Nov-2019 A320Portland Intl ()Denver Intl () 06:52AM PST 10:17AM MST 2:25
20-Nov-2019 A320Washington Dulles Intl ()Portland Intl () 05:41PM EST 07:48PM PST 5:06
20-Nov-2019 A320Miami Intl ()Washington Dulles Intl () 01:45PM EST 03:59PM EST 2:14
20-Nov-2019 A320Chicago O'Hare Intl ()Miami Intl () 09:17AM CST 12:37PM EST 2:19
20-Nov-2019 A320Des Moines Intl ()Chicago O'Hare Intl () 06:44AM CST 07:35AM CST 0:50
19-Nov-2019 A320Chicago O'Hare Intl ()Des Moines Intl () 09:45PM CST 10:35PM CST 0:50
19-Nov-2019 A320Palm Springs Intl ()Chicago O'Hare Intl () 03:12PM PST 08:23PM CST 3:10
19-Nov-2019 A320San Francisco Intl ()Palm Springs Intl () 01:17PM PST 02:20PM PST 1:02
19-Nov-2019 A320Nashville Intl ()San Francisco Intl () 07:04AM CST 09:51AM PST 4:46
18-Nov-2019 A320San Francisco Intl ()Nashville Intl () 11:29PM PST 05:05AM CST (+1) 3:35
18-Nov-2019 A320Hartsfield-Jackson Intl ()San Francisco Intl () 07:48PM EST 09:31PM PST 4:42
18-Nov-2019 A320San Francisco Intl ()Hartsfield-Jackson Intl () 11:34AM PST 06:27PM EST 3:52
18-Nov-2019 A320Raleigh-Durham Intl ()San Francisco Intl () 07:10AM EST 09:28AM PST 5:17
17-Nov-2019 A320Chicago O'Hare Intl ()Raleigh-Durham Intl () 06:46PM CST 09:20PM EST 1:33
17-Nov-2019 A320Palm Springs Intl ()Chicago O'Hare Intl () 11:23AM PST 04:51PM CST 3:27
17-Nov-2019 A320Chicago O'Hare Intl ()Palm Springs Intl () 08:25AM CST 09:53AM PST 3:27
17-Nov-2019 A320Houston Bush Int'ctl ()Chicago O'Hare Intl () 05:10AM CST 07:07AM CST 1:57
16-Nov-2019 A320Phoenix Sky Harbor Intl ()Houston Bush Int'ctl () 03:30PM MST 06:37PM CST 2:06
16-Nov-2019 A320Houston Bush Int'ctl ()Phoenix Sky Harbor Intl () 12:58PM CST 02:15PM MST 2:16
15-Nov-2019 A320San Francisco Intl ()Houston Bush Int'ctl () 06:03PM PST 11:30PM CST 3:26
14-Nov-2019 A320Los Angeles Intl ()San Francisco Intl () 09:44PM PST 10:34PM PST 0:49
14-Nov-2019 A320San Francisco Intl ()Los Angeles Intl () 07:38PM PST 08:33PM PST 0:54
14-Nov-2019 A320Lic. Gustavo Diaz Ordaz Int'l ()San Francisco Intl () 03:29PM CST 04:52PM PST 3:22
14-Nov-2019 A320San Francisco Intl ()Lic. Gustavo Diaz Ordaz Int'l () 08:57AM PST 01:54PM CST (?) 2:56
14-Nov-2019 A320McCarran Intl ()San Francisco Intl () 06:05AM PST 07:11AM PST 1:06
13-Nov-2019 A320San Francisco Intl ()McCarran Intl () 06:02PM PST 07:02PM PST 0:59
13-Nov-2019 A320Los Cabos Int'l ()San Francisco Intl () 02:49PM MST 04:36PM PST 2:46
13-Nov-2019 A320San Francisco Intl ()Los Cabos Int'l () 09:56AM PST 01:28PM MST 2:32
13-Nov-2019 A320Indianapolis Intl ()San Francisco Intl () 07:06AM EST 08:27AM PST 4:20
12-Nov-2019 A320San Francisco Intl ()Indianapolis Intl () 02:39PM PST 09:23PM EST 3:44
12-Nov-2019 A320Portland Intl ()San Francisco Intl () 11:44AM PST 01:07PM PST 1:23
12-Nov-2019 A320San Francisco Intl ()Portland Intl () 09:13AM PST 10:33AM PST 1:20
11-Nov-2019 A320Hartsfield-Jackson Intl ()San Francisco Intl () 09:34PM EST 11:25PM PST 4:50
11-Nov-2019 A320San Francisco Intl ()Hartsfield-Jackson Intl () 11:19AM PST 06:13PM EST 3:53
11-Nov-2019 A320Raleigh-Durham Intl ()San Francisco Intl () 07:01AM EST 09:27AM PST 5:25
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