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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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Date Aircraft Origin Destination Departure Arrival Duration
23-Jun-2021 B738Charlotte/Douglas Intl ()St Louis Lambert Intl () 06:57PM EDT 07:33PM CDT Scheduled
23-Jun-2021 B738Austin-Bergstrom Intl ()Charlotte/Douglas Intl () 01:45PM CDT 05:19PM EDT Scheduled
23-Jun-2021 B738Charlotte/Douglas Intl ()Austin-Bergstrom Intl () 11:15AM EDT 12:41PM CDT Scheduled
23-Jun-2021 B738Newark Liberty Intl ()Charlotte/Douglas Intl () 06:17AM EDT 07:49AM EDT Scheduled
22-Jun-2021 B738Dallas-Fort Worth Intl ()Newark Liberty Intl () 07:27PM CDT 11:43PM EDT Scheduled
22-Jun-2021 B738Tulsa Intl ()Dallas-Fort Worth Intl () 04:44PM CDT 05:44PM CDT Scheduled
22-Jun-2021 B738Dallas-Fort Worth Intl ()Tulsa Intl () 02:51PM CDT 03:40PM CDT Scheduled
22-Jun-2021 B738Pittsburgh Intl ()Dallas-Fort Worth Intl () 10:12AM EDT 11:38AM CDT 2:25
21-Jun-2021 B738Charlotte/Douglas Intl ()Pittsburgh Intl () 06:52PM EDT 08:09PM EDT 1:17
21-Jun-2021 B738Dallas-Fort Worth Intl ()Charlotte/Douglas Intl () 12:01PM CDT 04:52PM EDT 3:51
21-Jun-2021 B738Dallas-Fort Worth Intl ()Pittsburgh Intl () 12:01PM CDT Diverted
21-Jun-2021 B738Salt Lake City Intl ()Dallas-Fort Worth Intl () 07:27AM MDT 10:28AM CDT 2:00
19-Jun-2021 B738Phoenix Sky Harbor Intl ()Salt Lake City Intl () 08:27PM MST 10:40PM MDT 1:12
19-Jun-2021 B738John F Kennedy Intl ()Phoenix Sky Harbor Intl () 04:18PM EDT 06:04PM MST 4:45
19-Jun-2021 B738Fort Lauderdale Intl ()John F Kennedy Intl () 12:24PM EDT 02:44PM EDT 2:19
18-Jun-2021 B738Charlotte/Douglas Intl ()Fort Lauderdale Intl () 07:27PM EDT 08:53PM EDT 1:26
18-Jun-2021 B738Houston Bush Int'ctl ()Charlotte/Douglas Intl () 02:52PM CDT 05:52PM EDT 1:59
18-Jun-2021 B738Charlotte/Douglas Intl ()Houston Bush Int'ctl () 12:28PM EDT 01:40PM CDT 2:11
17-Jun-2021 B738Charlotte/Douglas Intl ()Boston Logan Intl () 10:14PM EDT 12:03AM EDT (+1) Cancelled
17-Jun-2021 B738Sangster Int'l ()Charlotte/Douglas Intl () 02:46PM EST 06:25PM EDT 2:38
17-Jun-2021 B738Charlotte/Douglas Intl ()Sangster Int'l () 11:42AM EDT 01:13PM EST 2:30
16-Jun-2021 B738Sangster Int'l ()Charlotte/Douglas Intl () 03:09PM EST 06:51PM EDT 2:42
16-Jun-2021 B738Charlotte/Douglas Intl ()Sangster Int'l () 12:11PM EDT 01:45PM EST 2:34
16-Jun-2021 B738St Louis Lambert Intl ()Charlotte/Douglas Intl () 07:31AM CDT 09:58AM EDT 1:26
15-Jun-2021 B738Chicago O'Hare Intl ()St Louis Lambert Intl () 09:02PM CDT 09:44PM CDT 0:41
15-Jun-2021 B738Glacier Park Intl ()Chicago O'Hare Intl () 03:37PM MDT 07:17PM CDT 2:40
15-Jun-2021 B738Chicago O'Hare Intl ()Glacier Park Intl () 11:51AM CDT 02:04PM MDT 3:12
15-Jun-2021 B738Fort Lauderdale Intl ()Chicago O'Hare Intl () 08:26AM EDT 10:09AM CDT 2:42
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
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