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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
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
10-Nov-2019 A320Chicago O'Hare Intl ()Raleigh-Durham Intl () 06:32PM CST 08:57PM EST 1:24
10-Nov-2019 A320Palm Springs Intl ()Chicago O'Hare Intl () 11:40AM PST 04:47PM CST 3:06
10-Nov-2019 A320Chicago O'Hare Intl ()Palm Springs Intl () 08:20AM CST 09:59AM PST 3:38
09-Nov-2019 A320Newark Liberty Intl ()Chicago O'Hare Intl () 06:52PM EST 07:49PM CST 1:56
09-Nov-2019 A320Southwest Florida Intl ()Newark Liberty Intl () 03:00PM EST 05:28PM EST 2:27
09-Nov-2019 A320Newark Liberty Intl ()Southwest Florida Intl () 11:16AM EST 01:50PM EST 2:33
09-Nov-2019 A320Raleigh-Durham Intl ()Newark Liberty Intl () 08:38AM EST 09:35AM EST 0:56
08-Nov-2019 A320San Francisco Intl ()Raleigh-Durham Intl () 11:26PM PST 07:09AM EST (+1) 4:42
08-Nov-2019 A320Baltimore/Washington Intl ()San Francisco Intl () 07:24PM EST 09:31PM PST 5:06
08-Nov-2019 A320San Francisco Intl ()Baltimore/Washington Intl () 10:06AM PST 05:53PM EST 4:46
08-Nov-2019 A320Philadelphia Intl ()San Francisco Intl () 06:09AM EST 08:42AM PST 5:32
07-Nov-2019 A320Chicago O'Hare Intl ()Philadelphia Intl () 09:21PM CST 11:42PM EST 1:20
07-Nov-2019 A320Sacramento Intl ()Chicago O'Hare Intl () 02:29PM PST 08:03PM CST 3:33
07-Nov-2019 A320Chicago O'Hare Intl ()Sacramento Intl () 11:08AM CST 01:07PM PST 3:58
07-Nov-2019 A320Harrisburg Intl ()Chicago O'Hare Intl () 08:10AM EST 08:57AM CST 1:47
06-Nov-2019 A320Chicago O'Hare Intl ()Harrisburg Intl () 07:37PM CST 09:47PM EST 1:09
06-Nov-2019 A320Toronto Pearson Int'l ()Chicago O'Hare Intl () 05:50PM EST 06:10PM CST 1:19
06-Nov-2019 A320Chicago O'Hare Intl ()Toronto Pearson Int'l () 02:35PM CST 04:36PM EST 1:01
06-Nov-2019 A320Southwest Florida Intl ()Chicago O'Hare Intl () 12:02PM EST 01:33PM CST 2:31
06-Nov-2019 A320Washington Dulles Intl ()Southwest Florida Intl () 08:46AM EST 10:52AM EST 2:05
05-Nov-2019 A320Indianapolis Intl ()Washington Dulles Intl () 07:44PM EST 08:50PM EST 1:05
05-Nov-2019 A320Washington Dulles Intl ()Indianapolis Intl () 05:14PM EST 06:34PM EST 1:19
05-Nov-2019 A320San Antonio Intl ()Washington Dulles Intl () 12:25PM CST 04:04PM EST 2:38
05-Nov-2019 A320Washington Dulles Intl ()San Antonio Intl () 09:06AM EST 11:33AM CST 3:26
05-Nov-2019 A320Portland Intl ()Washington Dulles Intl () 12:13AM PST 07:21AM EST 4:07
04-Nov-2019 A320Washington Dulles Intl ()Portland Intl () 07:08PM EST 09:29PM PST 5:20
04-Nov-2019 A320Miami Intl ()Washington Dulles Intl () 01:58PM EST 04:04PM EST 2:05
04-Nov-2019 A320Chicago O'Hare Intl ()Miami Intl () 09:22AM CST 12:57PM EST 2:34
04-Nov-2019 A320Reagan National ()Chicago O'Hare Intl () 07:05AM EST 07:48AM CST 1:42
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