Originally planned for Cubana as CU-T624 Type 818 but not taken up. This aircraft had a long and illustrious history before crashing at Munro Bloomington Indiana as N923RC with Ray Charles Enterprises Inc. None of the 28 passengers onboard suffered serious injuries. The remains went to Go Group at Tucson for spares.
This 747 was delivered to Pan AM as N654PA "Clipper Pacific Trader" on April 27, 1971. Bought by Flying Tigers and converted to a freighter in 1983, it would become N626FE of Federal Express when the airlines merged on 1989. Last with United Parcel Service from 1991 until withdrawn and scrapped at Roswell, NM in 2008.
Ordered by Qantas 1 April 1958 as VH-ECD. Leased to Air New Zealand as ZK-TED. Sold to Nomads Inc as N836E on 21 April 1971. Sold to Mandala as PK-RLG and was written off at Medan on 30 November 1985 with nil fatalities after starboard wheels fell off in flight.
Northwest Airlines was a major operator of the 727 having flown over 110 of the aircraft. This one was delivered October 5, 1977, retired in 2007 and sold to Charlotte Aircraft Corporation to be parted out. Though still officially Northwest Airlines, Northwest Orient titles began in the late 40s after establishing their trans - Pacific routes. The Orient part was gradually dropped after the merger with Republic Airlines in 1986.
After introducing Bandeirantes, Westair became a United Express carrier. This aircraft, acquired from the demise of Dolphin Airways, was sold in 1992 as the airline was bought by the Mesa Air Group. It went to Rutaca Airlines registered YV-289C. Ending up with Insel Air in 2006, it was reported broken up in Hato, Curaçao during April 2017.
Delivered to Iberia as EC-HQH in March 2001 but re-registered as EC-LHM in 2010. To Philippine Airlines as RP-C3438 from 2013 to 2018 and currently with Kam Air as YA-KMH. Seen here on a rare charter flight to SFO in the days before scheduled service by Iberia to Northern California.
Not the best lighting conditions but spectacular condensation effects visible as this United 747-400 passes Coyote Point on its final approach to SFO after a long flight from Asia. All UAL 747s have since been retired by the airline.