Trainload of planes

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IdahoMike
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Trainload of planes

Postby IdahoMike » Tue Aug 11, 2009 6:18 pm

A few weekends ago I was at the Lava Hot Springs airport (01ID) for an annual star party (where geeky people spend the night looking through telescopes). During the day, went into the town of Soda Springs, ID to pick up some hardware for a telescope. As we pulled as this train was pulling into town loaded with plans.

My son and I were on an overpass, so I can now say that I watched a jetliner do an engine out low pass under a bridge as I looked on. No pilot was on board, but there was at least one engineer. :-)
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I assume heading from Whichita to Seattle, but who knows.
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ruckin
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Re: Trainload of planes

Postby ruckin » Tue Aug 11, 2009 10:22 pm

Engine out? out front maybe... It looks like a twin engine to me :)

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PilotBillFromTexas
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Re: Trainload of planes

Postby PilotBillFromTexas » Wed Aug 12, 2009 7:09 am

I wonder why they're blue and not green? It seems strange not to have them covered up for the trip, too.

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Re: Trainload of planes

Postby champguy » Wed Aug 12, 2009 10:41 am

I'm sure (hopeful) that they know what they are doing, and have done the math. Probably called their insurance company as well. But it says volumes that the aircraft builder sends its important bits by train rather than in one of those overinflated mailing tubes. Probably afraid they would get misdirected in Denver.
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PilotBillFromTexas
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Re: Trainload of planes

Postby PilotBillFromTexas » Wed Aug 12, 2009 3:55 pm

Maybe those are Jet Blue airliners full of people. They've figured out how to save on Jet-A.

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pilottony
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Re: Trainload of planes

Postby pilottony » Wed Aug 12, 2009 7:28 pm

This could be an Xfile!

Greg Bockelman
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Re: Trainload of planes

Postby Greg Bockelman » Wed Aug 12, 2009 10:42 pm

Well, they are 737s. The fuselages are built in Wichita and then shipped to Seattle. I saw a couple on a train going through Kansas City one day. The covering is sort of an aqua color. Not sure the color is too true in the picture. Some sort of contact plastic or something.

IdahoMike
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Re: Trainload of planes

Postby IdahoMike » Wed Aug 12, 2009 10:55 pm

The color on my mac looks accurate. No telling what it looks like on a PC.

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Re: Trainload of planes

Postby Dave Higdon » Thu Aug 13, 2009 8:25 pm

Give the guy a Cee-gar...these are 737 fuselages, now built by Spirit Aerosystems in Wichita -- the former Boeing Wichita -- and the blue color is a protective coating applied to protect and seal the fuselage for the trip to Renton for final assembly...

Worth noting: the fuselages are shipped whole, not in components like other Boeing models are shipped to their final assembly points...

FWIW...

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Re: Trainload of planes

Postby Afterburner Al » Thu Aug 13, 2009 11:34 pm

Any Zinc-Chromate involved here? Are they singing its not easy being green...or Am I Blue?


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