747SP Production list

Chronological order of events for airframe 21548
Dates in Black are considered exact and dates in Red are approximate.
1978-06-30N538PAPan AmFirst Flight
1978-07-12N538PAPan AmOldClipper FleetwingDelivered
1978-08-24N538PAPan AmClipper FleetwingSeenLHRPhoto
1978-11-20N538PAPan AmOldClipper FleetwingSeenSYDPhoto
1979-01-16N538PAPan AmClipper FleetwingSeenJFKPhoto
1979-09-01N538PAPan AmOldClipper FleetwingSeenSYDPhoto
1980-01-01N538PAPan AmClipper Plymouth RockOtherRenamed
1981-10-01N538PAPan AmClipper FleetwingSeenSFO
1983-01-20N538PAPan AmClipper FleetwingSeenLAXPhoto
1985-05-01N538PAPan AmBillboard c/sClipper Princess GraceSeen
1985-11-01N538PAPan AmBillboard c/sSeenZRHPhoto
1986-02-25N538PAUnitedAll white, UA titles and logoSeenHKGPhoto
1986-07-01N538PAUnitedAll white, UA titles and logoSeenSFOPhoto
1986-09-01N147UAUnitedReg Changed
1987-07-01N147UAUnitedOld, small titlesSeenSFOPhoto
1988-01-28N147UAUnitedOld, small titlesFriendship OneOtherPAEDeparted for around the world flight.
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Friendship One
1988-01-30N147UAUnitedOld, small titlesFriendship OneSeenPAEReturned from around the world flight.
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Friendship One
1988-03-01N147UAUnitedOld, small titlesFriendship OneSeenMELPhoto
1989-04-08N147UAUnitedIncidentSYDFirm landing with a crosswind. Landed with slight crab. Gear moved aft. Corrosion in right landing gear trunnion.
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1991-07-02N147UAUnitedOld, Large titlesSeenLHRPhoto
1991-07-05N147UAUnitedOld, Large titlesSeenLHRPhoto
1992-07-06N147UAFirst Trust of CaliforniaBought
1993-05-22N147UAUnitedOld, large titles, white enginesSeenPhoto
1993-06-25N147UAUnitedOld, large titles, white enginesSeenIADPhoto
1994-10-01N147UANo TitlesOld UA c/s, white tailSeenLASIn storage
1995-05-01N147UANo TitlesOld UA c/s, white tailSeenLASStored
1995-11-12N147UANo TitlesOld UA c/s, white tailSeenLASStored
1996-01-01N147UANo TitlesOld c/s, white tailFerriedMZJLAS-MZJ Ferry #9506-30
1997-01-01N147UAStatusMZJ71476.13 Hours, 9197 cycles
1999-02-01N147UANo TitlesOld c/s, white tailSeenMZJ
2000-07-16N147UANo TitlesOld c/s, white tailSeenMZJ
2001-04-18N147UANo TitlesOld c/s, white tailFerriedACYMZJ-ACY Ferry #9174
2001-04-19N147UAFederal Aviation AdministrationBought
2001-05-30N147UAReg CancelledTo be used for center fuel tank testing as a result of TWA 800 accident.
Two phases of research are planned;
The first phase will be to examine the use of ground-supplied, nitrogen-enriched air to inert a large commercial airplane fuel tank and to study what conditions affect the ability of the fuel tank to stay inert.
The second phase will involve soliciting proposals for on-board inert gas generating systems and testing them as they relate to commercial operations. Both phases will be ground-based with no flight tests planned.
2003-03-15No TitlesFaded UA chtSeenACYNo registration visible on fuselage
2003-10-16No TitlesSeenACYPhoto
2005-03-15No TitlesSeenACY
2005-03-16No TitlesFaded UA chtSeenACYAircraft is pushed back about once a month and is taxied around the airport. Sensors are wired to the landing gear for high speed taxi test.
2006-03-28No TitlesBlue chtSeenACYPhoto
2008-06-03No TitlesNew cheatlineSeenACY
2008-09-02No TitlesSeenACYPhoto
2013-01-08No TitlesOtherACYOn remote stand deep inside airport perimeter. Still used by FAA. Very low probability of seeing it from outside the airport.
2016-11-28N147UANo TitlesSeenACYStored at the far side of the airport


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