Remarks: Dark skies ahead for this hard working guppy. United has flown the 737 for almost 40 years with just one crash, and I personally have probably flown about 20 segments on them. So naturally, to see them retired in favor of 50 seat CRJs is pathetic. That retirement came on October 28, 2009 when flight UA737 flew IAD-ORD-DEN-LAX-SFO flown by Captain Bob Russo who retired with the aircraft.
Remarks: Short field takeoff? Nope, just another WN cowboy! This aircraft has probably spent most of its life flying around California. Started with AirCal then ended up with American after the merger finally ending up at Southwest where it will stay until the airline topples before Porter Airlines.
Remarks: As the brasilia sat there idle, I took the opportunity to angle myself for this shot. The Dreamlifter was making its 3rd appearance at SFO that week, being diverted several times due to weather in BFI.
Remarks: One of the clearest nights I've seen here in all my life. Beautiful. Note the VX A320 sitting idle on the ramp as the airline had yet to start and the construction going on around the recently demolished US Airways rotunda. Now this area contains some new gates in the A-terminal mostly utilized by Virgin America.
Remarks: Once flew under the banner of "Shuttle by United". However, that turned out to be a great idea and worked out very well for United, so natrually they shut it down. United retired the type on October 28, 2009.
Remarks: All 3 liveries you'll find on our Brasilias. I suggested a 4th, but apperantly there are some things dubbed too "obscene" to be displayed on a commercial aircraft. My grandma hung it on her fridge though!