Airways Boeing 747SP-21 N540PA
747SP was a radical modification to the basic 747 design and was
only from the dratiscally shortened fuselage, but also by the massive
fin and rudder. The
was designed to carry a reduced passenger load over very long ranges
and became an
attractive proposition for
trans-Pacific operators. It is, in fact, a flying gas tank.
Ogle took the above shot at
New York's JFK Airport in 1982 the aircraft had recently been re-
named "China Clipper"
and was used on non stop runs to Toyko and on to Taipei.
was sold in 1986 to United
Airlines whereupon it was re-registered N149UA. In 1995 it was
purchased by the Government of Brunei but three years later went to the
Amir of Bahrain's Flight
as the personal mount of the Crown
Prince. It is seen in all its royal glory at Paris' Charles de
International Airport in the
summer of 2005 in the shot below taken by Stephane Walter. One
imagine what the interior fittings must be like.
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