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Old May 2, 19, 11:47 am
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Originally Posted by Deltus View Post
Exactly - I don't understand why the OP thinks this is a once-in-a-lifetime event, unless "WhiteTail" means something other than an aircraft with a white tail...
It's used as a term to mean an unsold aircraft coming off the assembly line. This is fairly rare, and happens when a manufacturer wants to keep a line going when they don't have the orders to keep it going.
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Old May 2, 19, 12:29 pm
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See them all the time, parked in the deadbeats' lot at Boeing Field.
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See them all the time, parked in the deadbeats' lot at Boeing Field.
Well, it used to be rare, when every aircraft left the lot fully paid for. Boeing Capital Corp. changed all of that.
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Originally Posted by greg5 View Post
It's used as a term to mean an unsold aircraft coming off the assembly line. This is fairly rare, and happens when a manufacturer wants to keep a line going when they don't have the orders to keep it going.
Ok... but if the OP meant that definition, were they mistaken? Is there an assembly line at LGW that I'm not aware of?
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Was G-LCYY lost?
Yankee Yankee has been in full BA livery for quite some time now.
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Old May 2, 19, 3:31 pm
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Originally Posted by greg5 View Post
It's used as a term to mean an unsold aircraft coming off the assembly line. This is fairly rare, and happens when a manufacturer wants to keep a line going when they don't have the orders to keep it going.

indeed - I happened to be I the BA lounge chatting with an Aviation Lawyer who was excited about it, having never seen one before, either. She explained that it was a rare sight to see one being tested at any of the main airports. I wouldnít have noticed it had she not been taking pictures!
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Old May 2, 19, 3:40 pm
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Originally Posted by AAtticus View Post
Is this it? https://www.aeronewstv.com/en/lifest...hite-tail.html
If so don't pay attention to some of these comments above. If you get excited by this good for you and happy plane spotting.
Yes - and thanks the link AAtticus - very interesting.
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One of the more prominent of the genre, from three years ago. Last I heard it was in storage at Victorville. There was a rumor that it was short-listed to be one of the new presidential aircraft.

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indeed - I happened to be I the BA lounge chatting with an Aviation Lawyer who was excited about it, having never seen one before, either. She explained that it was a rare sight to see one being tested at any of the main airports. I wouldnít have noticed it had she not been taking pictures!
I highly doubt it was an actual manufacturer owned aircraft being tested. There will be dozens of ACMI aircraft leases operating for various airlines at Gatwick over the summer as usual. Far more likely was a HiFly A340 flying for Norwegian or something like that. Certainly doesn't sound like a once in a lifetime event!

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One of the more prominent of the genre, from three years ago. Last I heard it was in storage at Victorville. There was a rumor that it was short-listed to be one of the new presidential aircraft.

That particular aircraft was actually moved from Victorville to Lackland Air Force Base in Texas just last Friday for the start of it's fit out as one of the new USAF Presidential aircraft.
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So are you able to tell us what aircraft it was? As I understand it, the Gatwick runway operates close to full capacity during the day, so I'd be surprised if Airbus (or anyone else) was using valuable slot pairs for some "testing"... Why wouldn't they go somewhere quieter?
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TItan has had their 757 at LGW this week.
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Old May 2, 19, 6:58 pm
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I have also seen all white aircraft used as RAF charters. This was at YYC, bringing troops to Suffield for training.
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Was reading this thread yesterday caught by the title but then also thinking ok mildly interesting but not super exciting at the same trying to remember if I had ever seen one knocking around and then of course upon landing into DUB last night a fully white plane parked up at the 300 gates. Certainly does have a moby dick quality about it lined up against some of the more colourful aircraft.
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Old May 3, 19, 4:02 am
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Originally Posted by Deltus View Post
So are you able to tell us what aircraft it was? As I understand it, the Gatwick runway operates close to full capacity during the day, so I'd be surprised if Airbus (or anyone else) was using valuable slot pairs for some "testing"... Why wouldn't they go somewhere quieter?
Sorry Deltus, I'm embarrassed to admit that I couldn't tell what type of aircraft it was, though no doubt the person who pointed it out to me would have known. It looked a little like the smaller BA short haul planes. The gist of the conversation was that although you may see them parked up in various places, Its not often that they are seen 'in action' as it were at the major airports. Hence this was deemed an unusual event. I'd certainly never seen one before, so it was nice to learn something new. They do say that travel broadens the mind....
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Originally Posted by Airprox View Post
I highly doubt it was an actual manufacturer owned aircraft being tested. There will be dozens of ACMI aircraft leases operating for various airlines at Gatwick over the summer as usual. Far more likely was a HiFly A340 flying for Norwegian or something like that. Certainly doesn't sound like a once in a lifetime event!

That particular aircraft was actually moved from Victorville to Lackland Air Force Base in Texas just last Friday for the start of it's fit out as one of the new USAF Presidential aircraft.
That and the second one were destined for Transaero before they went bust, so the US government bought them off Boeing instead to use as the basis for the new pair of VC-25B's
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