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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
01-Mar-2020 A320Palm Beach Intl ()Newark Liberty Intl () 10:10AM EST 12:35PM EST Scheduled
01-Mar-2020 A320Newark Liberty Intl ()Palm Beach Intl () 06:10AM EST 08:51AM EST Scheduled
29-Feb-2020 A320Washington Dulles Intl ()Newark Liberty Intl () 10:25PM EST 11:25PM EST Scheduled
29-Feb-2020 A320Tampa Intl ()Washington Dulles Intl () 07:15PM EST 09:08PM EST Scheduled
29-Feb-2020 A320Newark Liberty Intl ()Tampa Intl () 03:34PM EST 06:12PM EST Scheduled
29-Feb-2020 A320Fort Lauderdale Intl ()Newark Liberty Intl () 11:10AM EST 01:54PM EST Scheduled
29-Feb-2020 A320Newark Liberty Intl ()Fort Lauderdale Intl () 06:10AM EST 08:59AM EST Scheduled
28-Feb-2020 A320Palm Beach Intl ()Newark Liberty Intl () 09:23PM EST 11:32PM EST 2:08
28-Feb-2020 A320Newark Liberty Intl ()Palm Beach Intl () 05:42PM EST 08:17PM EST 2:34
28-Feb-2020 A320Nashville Intl ()Newark Liberty Intl () 01:20PM CST 04:18PM EST 1:57
28-Feb-2020 A320Houston Bush Int'ctl ()Nashville Intl () 10:25AM CST 11:54AM CST 1:28
28-Feb-2020 A320Mc Allen Miller Intl ()Houston Bush Int'ctl () 07:37AM CST 08:34AM CST 0:56
27-Feb-2020 A320Houston Bush Int'ctl ()Mc Allen Miller Intl () 09:57PM CST 10:49PM CST 0:51
27-Feb-2020 A320San Diego Intl ()Houston Bush Int'ctl () 03:53PM PST 08:23PM CST 2:29
27-Feb-2020 A320Denver Intl ()San Diego Intl () 01:45PM MST 02:44PM PST 1:58
27-Feb-2020 A320Austin-Bergstrom Intl ()Denver Intl () 11:36AM CST 12:31PM MST 1:55
27-Feb-2020 A320Chicago O'Hare Intl ()Austin-Bergstrom Intl () 08:06AM CST 10:20AM CST 2:13
27-Feb-2020 A320Des Moines Intl ()Chicago O'Hare Intl () 05:22AM CST 06:14AM CST 0:51
26-Feb-2020 A320Chicago O'Hare Intl ()Des Moines Intl () 10:39PM CST 11:29PM CST 0:50
26-Feb-2020 A320Minneapolis/St Paul Intl ()Chicago O'Hare Intl () 08:32PM CST 09:24PM CST 0:51
26-Feb-2020 A320Chicago O'Hare Intl ()Minneapolis/St Paul Intl () 06:44PM CST 07:40PM CST 0:56
26-Feb-2020 A320Boston Logan Intl ()Chicago O'Hare Intl () 03:57PM EST 05:15PM CST 2:18
26-Feb-2020 A320Chicago O'Hare Intl ()Boston Logan Intl () 12:22PM CST 03:03PM EST 1:40
26-Feb-2020 A320Dallas-Fort Worth Intl ()Chicago O'Hare Intl () 08:20AM CST 10:10AM CST 1:49
25-Feb-2020 A320Houston Bush Int'ctl ()Dallas-Fort Worth Intl () 10:22PM CST 11:03PM CST 0:41
25-Feb-2020 A320Boston Logan Intl ()Houston Bush Int'ctl () 05:29PM EST 08:40PM CST 4:11
25-Feb-2020 A320Houston Bush Int'ctl ()Boston Logan Intl () 12:13PM CST 04:15PM EST 3:01
25-Feb-2020 A320Fort Lauderdale Intl ()Houston Bush Int'ctl () 09:13AM EST 10:57AM CST (?) 2:43
24-Feb-2020 A320Houston Bush Int'ctl ()Fort Lauderdale Intl () 06:47PM CST 09:40PM EST 1:53
24-Feb-2020 A320New Orleans Intl ()Houston Bush Int'ctl () 04:35PM CST 05:34PM CST 0:59
24-Feb-2020 A320Chicago O'Hare Intl ()New Orleans Intl () 01:16PM CST 03:19PM CST 2:02
24-Feb-2020 A320Austin-Bergstrom Intl ()Chicago O'Hare Intl () 09:00AM CST 10:58AM CST 1:57
23-Feb-2020 A320Chicago O'Hare Intl ()Austin-Bergstrom Intl () 08:12PM CST 10:48PM CST 2:36
23-Feb-2020 A320Tampa Intl ()Chicago O'Hare Intl () 04:33PM EST 06:00PM CST 2:26
23-Feb-2020 A320Chicago O'Hare Intl ()Tampa Intl () 11:54AM CST 02:56PM EST 2:01
23-Feb-2020 A320LaGuardia ()Chicago O'Hare Intl () 09:59AM EST 10:51AM CST 1:52
23-Feb-2020 A320Chicago O'Hare Intl ()LaGuardia () 06:11AM CST 08:47AM EST 1:35
22-Feb-2020 A320Fresno Yosemite Intl ()Chicago O'Hare Intl () 11:18PM PST 04:30AM CST (+1) 3:11
22-Feb-2020 A320Chicago O'Hare Intl ()Fresno Yosemite Intl () 07:52PM CST 09:59PM PST 4:06
22-Feb-2020 A320Palm Beach Intl ()Chicago O'Hare Intl () 04:43PM EST 06:37PM CST 2:54
22-Feb-2020 A320Chicago O'Hare Intl ()Palm Beach Intl () 11:36AM CST 02:46PM EST (?) 2:09
22-Feb-2020 A320Phoenix Sky Harbor Intl ()Chicago O'Hare Intl () 06:17AM MST 09:51AM CST 2:34
21-Feb-2020 A320San Francisco Intl ()Phoenix Sky Harbor Intl () 07:51PM PST 10:23PM MST 1:31
21-Feb-2020 A320New Orleans Intl ()San Francisco Intl () 04:01PM CST 06:39PM PST 4:37
21-Feb-2020 A320San Francisco Intl ()New Orleans Intl () 09:11AM PST 02:39PM CST 3:28
20-Feb-2020 A320Nashville Intl ()San Francisco Intl () 06:18PM CST 08:58PM PST 4:39
20-Feb-2020 A320San Francisco Intl ()Nashville Intl () 11:08AM PST 04:25PM CST 3:17
20-Feb-2020 A320Raleigh-Durham Intl ()San Francisco Intl () 06:40AM EST 09:51AM PST 6:10
19-Feb-2020 A320Houston Bush Int'ctl ()Raleigh-Durham Intl () 10:00PM CST 12:55AM EST (+1) 1:54
19-Feb-2020 A320Salt Lake City Intl ()Houston Bush Int'ctl () 03:02PM MST 06:23PM CST 2:20
19-Feb-2020 A320Houston Bush Int'ctl ()Salt Lake City Intl () 12:04PM CST 02:02PM MST 2:58
19-Feb-2020 A320Phoenix Sky Harbor Intl ()Houston Bush Int'ctl () 07:36AM MST 10:33AM CST 1:56
18-Feb-2020 A320San Francisco Intl ()Phoenix Sky Harbor Intl () 09:31PM PST 11:57PM MST 1:26
18-Feb-2020 A320Portland Intl ()San Francisco Intl () 05:28PM PST 06:52PM PST 1:23
18-Feb-2020 A320San Francisco Intl ()Portland Intl () 02:57PM PST 04:17PM PST 1:20
18-Feb-2020 A320Austin-Bergstrom Intl ()San Francisco Intl () 12:07PM CST 01:44PM PST 3:36
18-Feb-2020 A319Denver Intl ()Austin-Bergstrom Intl () 08:28AM MST 11:07AM CST 1:38
18-Feb-2020 A320Joe Foss Field ()Denver Intl () 06:56AM CST 07:09AM MST 1:12
17-Feb-2020 A320Denver Intl ()Joe Foss Field () 09:20PM MST 11:18PM CST 0:57
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