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Boeing 737-800 (N905NN) - Timing its arrival perfectly yesterday morning, AAL
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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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15-Jun-2021 B738Glacier Park Intl ()Chicago O'Hare Intl () 03:27PM MDT 07:45PM CDT Scheduled
15-Jun-2021 B738Chicago O'Hare Intl ()Glacier Park Intl () 11:45AM CDT 02:17PM MDT Scheduled
15-Jun-2021 B738Fort Lauderdale Intl ()Chicago O'Hare Intl () 08:29AM EDT 10:21AM CDT Scheduled
14-Jun-2021 B738Charlotte/Douglas Intl ()Fort Lauderdale Intl () 07:04PM EDT 08:46PM EDT 1:41
14-Jun-2021 B738Houston Bush Int'ctl ()Charlotte/Douglas Intl () 01:54PM CDT 05:02PM EDT 2:07
14-Jun-2021 B738Charlotte/Douglas Intl ()Houston Bush Int'ctl () 11:31AM EDT 12:31PM CDT 2:00
14-Jun-2021 B738Minneapolis/St Paul Intl ()Charlotte/Douglas Intl () 06:43AM CDT 09:34AM EDT 1:50
13-Jun-2021 B738Dallas-Fort Worth Intl ()Minneapolis/St Paul Intl () 08:10PM CDT 10:07PM CDT 1:56
13-Jun-2021 B738Juan Santamaria Int'l ()Dallas-Fort Worth Intl () 03:48PM CST 08:55PM CDT Cancelled
13-Jun-2021 B738Baltimore/Washington Intl ()Dallas-Fort Worth Intl () 04:18PM EDT 06:03PM CDT 2:44
13-Jun-2021 B738Dallas-Fort Worth Intl ()Juan Santamaria Int'l () 11:35AM CDT 02:22PM CST Cancelled
12-Jun-2021 B738Baltimore/Washington Intl ()Dallas-Fort Worth Intl () 11:32PM EDT 12:49AM CDT (+1) Cancelled
12-Jun-2021 B738Dallas-Fort Worth Intl ()Baltimore/Washington Intl () 07:40PM CDT 11:16PM EDT 2:35
12-Jun-2021 B738Glacier Park Intl ()Dallas-Fort Worth Intl () 01:16PM MDT 05:05PM CDT 2:48
12-Jun-2021 B738Dallas-Fort Worth Intl ()Glacier Park Intl () 09:54AM CDT 12:06PM MDT 3:11
10-Jun-2021 B738Dallas-Fort Worth Intl ()Dallas-Fort Worth Intl () 05:28PM CDT 06:04PM CDT 0:36
10-Jun-2021 B738Dallas-Fort Worth Intl ()Fresno Yosemite Intl () 05:28PM CDT Diverted
10-Jun-2021 B738Bozeman Yellowstone Intl ()Dallas-Fort Worth Intl () 10:59AM MDT 02:24PM CDT 2:24
10-Jun-2021 B738Chicago O'Hare Intl ()Bozeman Yellowstone Intl () 07:52AM CDT 09:31AM MDT 2:39
09-Jun-2021 B738San Antonio Intl ()Chicago O'Hare Intl () 05:59PM CDT 08:06PM CDT 2:06
09-Jun-2021 B738Chicago O'Hare Intl ()San Antonio Intl () 02:42PM CDT 05:02PM CDT 2:19
09-Jun-2021 B738Tampa Intl ()Chicago O'Hare Intl () 12:01PM EDT 01:20PM CDT 2:18
09-Jun-2021 B738Chicago O'Hare Intl ()Tampa Intl () 07:35AM CDT 10:45AM EDT 2:09
08-Jun-2021 B738San Diego Intl ()Chicago O'Hare Intl () 11:03PM PDT 04:21AM CDT (+1) 3:18
08-Jun-2021 B738Charlotte/Douglas Intl ()San Diego Intl () 08:32PM EDT 09:47PM PDT 4:14
08-Jun-2021 B738Punta Cana Int'l ()Charlotte/Douglas Intl () 03:10PM AST 06:13PM EDT 3:02
08-Jun-2021 B738Charlotte/Douglas Intl ()Punta Cana Int'l () 10:59AM EDT 01:54PM AST 2:55
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07-Jun-2021 B738Dallas-Fort Worth Intl ()LaGuardia () 07:44PM CDT 11:38PM EDT 2:53
07-Jun-2021 B738Reagan National ()Dallas-Fort Worth Intl () 03:24PM EDT 05:29PM CDT 3:04
07-Jun-2021 B738Miami Intl ()Reagan National () 11:37AM EDT 01:54PM EDT Cancelled
07-Jun-2021 B738Reagan National ()Miami Intl () 06:22AM EDT 08:37AM EDT Cancelled
06-Jun-2021 B738Orlando Intl ()Reagan National () 06:24PM EDT 08:09PM EDT 1:45
06-Jun-2021 B738Charlotte/Douglas Intl ()Orlando Intl () 03:39PM EDT 04:50PM EDT 1:11
06-Jun-2021 B738Raleigh-Durham Intl ()Charlotte/Douglas Intl () 01:12PM EDT 01:48PM EDT 0:35
06-Jun-2021 B738Charlotte/Douglas Intl ()Raleigh-Durham Intl () 11:24AM EDT 11:54AM EDT 0:29
06-Jun-2021 B738Southwest Florida Intl ()Charlotte/Douglas Intl () 08:11AM EDT 09:38AM EDT 1:26
05-Jun-2021 B738Philadelphia Intl ()Southwest Florida Intl () 07:04PM EDT 09:18PM EDT 2:13
05-Jun-2021 B738Sangster Int'l ()Philadelphia Intl () 12:22PM EST 04:40PM EDT 3:18
05-Jun-2021 B738Philadelphia Intl ()Sangster Int'l () 08:47AM EDT 10:56AM EST 3:08
04-Jun-2021 B738Queen Beatrix Int'l ()Philadelphia Intl () 05:53PM AST 10:10PM EDT 4:16
04-Jun-2021 B738Philadelphia Intl ()Queen Beatrix Int'l () 12:12PM EDT 04:49PM AST 4:36
03-Jun-2021 B738Fort Lauderdale Intl ()Philadelphia Intl () 03:42PM EDT 06:25PM EDT 2:42
03-Jun-2021 B738Philadelphia Intl ()Fort Lauderdale Intl () 10:51AM EDT 01:32PM EDT 2:40
03-Jun-2021 B738Charlotte/Douglas Intl ()Philadelphia Intl () 07:44AM EDT 08:47AM EDT 1:02
02-Jun-2021 B738Dallas-Fort Worth Intl ()Charlotte/Douglas Intl () 09:15PM CDT 12:06AM EDT (+1) 1:50
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