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Weird SWA Flight

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Jetfixr
Jetfixr 5
The 8000 flight numbers are non rev maintenance or operational flights, probably photo shoot or something to that effect. Nice flight time though. Wonder who the photo ship was?
klch0801
Agreed. Looking at the flight route, I'd bet they got some nice pictures with the Golden Gate bridge in the background.
NickFlightX
NickFlightX 1
Was a learjet as far as I could tell from the photo I saw
kdurbin
Kris Durbin 3
Definitely a photo shoot. This specific 737-800 is HeartONE. I did a search by tail number, and voila:

http://flightaware.com/live/flight/N8642E
NickFlightX
NickFlightX 3
Just saw a pic and he is currently doing an Air to Air Photoshoot.
tduggan2010
Tim Duggan 2
That would make sense. Probably to "roll-out" their new ugly paint scheme.....

Former FA thread (or, "Squawk": http://flightaware.com/squawks/view/1/1_year/new/43939/Soutwest%20Airlines%20New%20Livery%20LEAKED
jbbooks1
Lewis Tripp 3
Happy with lower fuel prices and celebrating.
PSBJ
PSBJ 2
Considering the flight path over San Francisco Bay area the most likely scenario is that it is a photo/video flight. Another airplane would have the photographer and he/she would take pictures of the 737 from the other aircraft. Also of note is the TrackLog. http://flightaware.com/live/flight/SWA8726/history/20141029/2200Z/KVCV/KVCV/tracklog
It shows that the 737 flew at 1,800 feet and at a low speed for an extended period of time. That makes sense if it was a photo flight.
Av8nut
There was a bee in the cockpit!
AB1946
AB1946 1
Looking at the flight's route it would seem to be some sort of test flight. It departed the same facility it arrived at.
tduggan2010
Tim Duggan 1
I'll venture, based on the flight number ("8726") it was a pilot trainer of some sort. "Special" numbers like that denote certain things...a trainer, a re-position, an 'extra section'. Each airlines' Flight Operations guidelines determine the added lead number.
kingstonsean
kingstonsean 1
There are 4 MROs at SoCal Logistics, so I would have thought it was a post mx test flight.
Starship2000
Ryan Schmidt 1
Yeah 8725-8749 are Promotional flights probably doing photoshoot
mwilliams78
Mike Williams 1
Looks like KVCV is a boneyard for airliners when you look at Google Maps.
williambaker08
william baker 1
They were probably doing a flight testing for Installing the new Boeing Split Scimitar Wing tips...
brianacq
All those loops crossing over the Golden Gate, relatively low altitude, looks like a photo and/or video shoot to me.
HGreen
Herb Green 1
Some type of maintenance test flight.
Tangojul
Ted Johnson 1
Looks like a photo run of the new branding. VCV has a paint facility.
kdurbin
Kris Durbin 1
I agree it was probably a photo shoot based on the circumstances. That or the pilot is stalking an ex lover. There are three major airports in the San Fran area. With that low altitude, crazy flight plan, and at that time of day, wouldn't ATC comms have designated the flight purpose? Who wants to listen to several hours of liveATC archives from Oakland Center?
CaptBmckay
CaptBmckay 1
that's pretty funny, the whole ex lover part. But yea its interesting. They are definitely making huge PR moves for their new branding campaign
paultrubits
paul trubits 1
Does the Costa Concordia ex-captain have a new career?
sparkie624
sparkie624 1
Could have been a functional test flight after a repair of some sorts, but seems to be a bit long for that.
pilot23
pilot23 1
Flight test, MTX, or photo shoot. Plenty of space in VCV air.
pilot23
pilot23 1
Mtx, photo shoot or flight test/training.
flyboy97222
Jason Rhew 1
My first though was a cold soak but they never got high so so,e kind of long ass MX flight.
jmilleratp
John Miller 1
Yeah, I took one of their seven-three's for a joyride. Sorry 'bout that! :-)
potatoman26
Liam Horgan 1
Victorville is a junkyard for planes near Los Angeles. Last time I checked there was some Aloha 737s retired there.
pgatherton
Noob error here…moderator, please remove my post below. Here's the link: http://instagram.com/p/uwbMDaub9L/
richsmit
Richard Smith 1
VCV is a maintenance/modification/painting center. SWA does not operate scheduled flights from there. I doubt if it was pilot training. Something new was installed, and SWA wanted to get marketing pictures of it over the Golden Gate.
dtw757
mike SUT 1
Probably had a tailhook installed to see if they can stop having aircraft going off the end of the runways this winter. :-)
fulframe
Gary Hjelm 1
Only at Midway, or was that an aircraft carrier?
CaptBmckay
CaptBmckay 0
Looks like a test flight
paultrubits
paul trubits 0
Mike SUT: bit of a cheap shot. One plane, one time, in a difficult airport. That was SWA's first and only fatality and was some innocent people driving by.
davidrbarnes
David Barnes 1
Wrong. Two planes, two times:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Southwest_Airlines_Flight_1455
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Southwest_Airlines_Flight_1248

The incident in Burbank in 2000 could have been much worse, with the aircraft coming to rest in a gas station. Fortunately, there were no fatalities. Flight 1248 was their first fatality.

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