Boeing 747-123 N9666
In 1970 American
ordered a fleet of Boeing 747s with which to service their overseas
They were initially
operated on domestic schedules and this nostalgic shot was taken by
Chernoff at LAX in 1980.
airliners remained in service with AA until 1984 when
the requirement that such
routes be flown by 4 engined machines was
amended so that the more
efficient Boeing 767 could be substituted. N9666 was
delivered new in October of 1970.
It was leased to
Braniff briefly in 1978 and then reverted to the leaseholder, Citicorp,
Following a stint with Cargolux (as a
freighter) in the mid-1980s it wound up with United Airlines
in 1987 as
N156UA, but back in passenger mode. . Steve McEwan
indicates that, in fact, five
American 747s ended up
at United where they were known as 'The Lemon Sisters'. C/n
was stored, then scrapped, in Arizona.