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Boeing 737-800 (N905NN) - Timing its arrival perfectly yesterday morning, AALs newly painted "Astrojet" retro liverybird (N905NN, which recently replaced N951AA as the American Astrojet paintbird) reverses thrust after landing on RNOs 16L at 10:22 AM, just two minutes after the prime eclipse time (the time when maximum eclipse coverage happened) officially occurred over Reno - 10:20 AM.  Although Renoites did not get to see a total eclipse, a great majority of the sun was obscured at 10:20 AM which is why the sky over the top of the mountains in the upper right corner of this photo is quite dark.  This is the second time N905NN has visited Reno since it was reclothed into this new garb.
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Boeing 737-800 (N905NN)

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Timing its arrival perfectly yesterday morning, AAL's newly painted "Astrojet" retro liverybird (N905NN, which recently replaced N951AA as the American Astrojet paintbird) reverses thrust after landing on RNO's 16L at 10:22 AM, just two minutes after the prime eclipse time (the time when maximum eclipse coverage happened) officially occurred over Reno - 10:20 AM. Although Renoites did not get to see a total eclipse, a great majority of the sun was obscured at 10:20 AM which is why the sky over the top of the mountains in the upper right corner of this photo is quite dark. This is the second time N905NN has visited Reno since it was reclothed into this new garb.

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Gary SchenauerPhoto Uploader
If the eclipse had not been occurring, this shot would have been severely degraded for two reasons. Without the eclipse, the bright late morning sun would have created an intense reflection from the silver fuselage and it would also have generated high temps on the runway surface that would have resulted in heavy heat wave distortion. So from a photographic viewpoint, N905NN arrived here from DFW at the best possible time.
usaf12367
Nice picture and a cool plane
sam kuminecz
great shot gary
mwlong
This is still my favorite American livery.
Gerrit K Spieker
Back when AA was a real airline
Gerrit K Spieker
When AA was a real airline
Gary SchenauerPhoto Uploader
Usaf12367, Sam, mwlong, and Gerrit >> Hi and TYVM for your comments, guys. Mwlong, I feel the same. Although I liked the R,W, and B on silver, this is my fav. Gerrit, I am in agreement with you, too. AA today is several steps down from what it was back then; in fact, it is even several steps down from what it was just a few years ago.
cliff731
Gary - that's another great photo capture... and one during the recent eclipse to boot!!!

A pilot friend of mine flew up to Nashville's KBNA to catch this eclipse in total obscurity. He shared his photo of the maximum eclipse event and it certainly appeared to have been totally dark for a few minutes.

If I can secure his kind permission, I'll share that photo with you via snail mail... :-)
Doug Lewis
Gary, all airlines are a shadow of their former selves from back in the day. Things started going down the toilet back in the late 70's/early 80's, IMO.
Now for the question: Is it cheaper to paint an aircraft or is this silver metal skin cheaper. Is the same skin no matter what and they just put a clearcoat over the metal in this case? Would like to learn why AA had silver/metal look for years.
Greg Byington
Very nice, Gary!
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11-Aug-2022 B738Boston Logan Intl ()Chicago O'Hare Intl () 08:28AM EDT 09:37AM CDT Scheduled
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09-Aug-2022 B738Charlotte/Douglas Intl ()Chicago O'Hare Intl () 08:27PM EDT 08:57PM CDT 1:29
09-Aug-2022 B738Punta Cana Int'l ()Charlotte/Douglas Intl () 04:02PM AST 06:59PM EDT 2:56
09-Aug-2022 B738Charlotte/Douglas Intl ()Punta Cana Int'l () 11:23AM EDT 02:25PM AST 3:01
09-Aug-2022 B738Minneapolis/St Paul Intl ()Charlotte/Douglas Intl () 06:47AM CDT 09:44AM EDT 1:56
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08-Aug-2022 B738Chicago O'Hare Intl ()Los Angeles Intl () 08:55PM CDT 10:43PM PDT Cancelled
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08-Aug-2022 B738Chicago O'Hare Intl ()Cancun Int'l () 10:17AM CDT 01:30PM EST 3:12
06-Aug-2022 B738Miami Intl ()Chicago O'Hare Intl () 07:57PM EDT 09:34PM CDT 2:36
06-Aug-2022 B738Punta Cana Int'l ()Miami Intl () 03:38PM AST 05:39PM EDT 2:00
06-Aug-2022 B738Dallas-Fort Worth Intl ()Punta Cana Int'l () 09:09AM CDT 02:20PM AST 4:10
06-Aug-2022 B738Indianapolis Intl ()Dallas-Fort Worth Intl () 06:09AM EDT 06:42AM CDT 1:32
05-Aug-2022 B738Dallas-Fort Worth Intl ()Indianapolis Intl () 06:51PM CDT 09:35PM EDT 1:43
05-Aug-2022 B738Austin-Bergstrom Intl ()Dallas-Fort Worth Intl () 04:08PM CDT 04:52PM CDT 0:44
05-Aug-2022 B738Orlando Intl ()Austin-Bergstrom Intl () 01:44PM EDT 02:58PM CDT 2:13
05-Aug-2022 B738Miami Intl ()Orlando Intl () 11:27AM EDT 12:05PM EDT 0:37
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03-Aug-2022 B738Tampa Intl ()Miami Intl () 08:40PM EDT 09:27PM EDT 0:47
03-Aug-2022 B738Charlotte/Douglas Intl ()Tampa Intl () 06:16PM EDT 07:37PM EDT 1:20
03-Aug-2022 B738Kansas City Intl ()Charlotte/Douglas Intl () 01:57PM CDT 04:51PM EDT 1:53
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02-Aug-2022 B738Vancouver Int'l ()Chicago O'Hare Intl () 01:59PM PDT 07:25PM CDT 3:25
02-Aug-2022 B738Chicago O'Hare Intl ()Vancouver Int'l () 10:19AM CDT 12:22PM PDT 4:02
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01-Aug-2022 B738Charlotte/Douglas Intl ()LaGuardia () 02:02PM EDT 03:20PM EDT 1:18
01-Aug-2022 B738San Antonio Intl ()Charlotte/Douglas Intl () 08:29AM CDT 11:53AM EDT 2:24
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31-Jul-2022 B738Austin-Bergstrom Intl ()Charlotte/Douglas Intl () 05:39PM CDT 08:58PM EDT 2:18
31-Jul-2022 B738Dallas-Fort Worth Intl ()Austin-Bergstrom Intl () 01:49PM CDT 02:20PM CDT 0:31
31-Jul-2022 B738Austin-Bergstrom Intl ()Dallas-Fort Worth Intl () 11:40AM CDT 12:19PM CDT 0:38
31-Jul-2022 B738Miami Intl ()Austin-Bergstrom Intl () 08:54AM EDT 10:13AM CDT 2:18
30-Jul-2022 B738Las Americas ()Miami Intl () 07:26PM AST 09:18PM EDT 1:51
30-Jul-2022 B738Dallas-Fort Worth Intl ()Las Americas () 12:45PM CDT 06:06PM AST 4:21
30-Jul-2022 B738Luis Munoz Marin Intl ()Dallas-Fort Worth Intl () 07:13AM AST 10:34AM CDT 4:20
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29-Jul-2022 B738Charlotte/Douglas Intl ()Chicago O'Hare Intl () 09:38PM EDT 10:05PM CDT 1:27
29-Jul-2022 B738Austin-Bergstrom Intl ()Charlotte/Douglas Intl () 04:24PM CDT 07:48PM EDT 2:23
29-Jul-2022 B738Dallas-Fort Worth Intl ()Austin-Bergstrom Intl () 01:46PM CDT 02:18PM CDT 0:31
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