After my China trip I had some days left for a short visit to the US. Main goal was to visit the Long Island (NY) and Dallas (TX) region.
Back to spotting business. First stop was Farmingdale-Republic Airport. Also a former Grumman hometown. The Wilson Technological Center houses at the airport and uses a GII (N216RR, c/n 22) as an instructional aircraft. First flight was on June 6, 1968 as N862GA from Savannah (GA). It served for CBS and Frank Sinatra, was converted to GII-SP and was taken out of service in 2013.
01-10-2015 Farmingdale-Republic Airport (NY)
Airframe 210 was in Swiss service as HB-IEY, flew for Rolls Royce as G-IIRR and was registered 8P-LAD in 1990. On 30 June 2014 N826GW arrived at Rome-Griffiss. 248 is a former Government of Kuwait aircraft, was registered 9K-AEC and operated in Kuwait Airways c/s in the early 80's. It arrived at Rome-Griffiss on 30 December 2014.
02-10-2015 Rome-Griffiss International Airport (NY)
02-10-2015 Hagerstown Regional Airport (MD)
03-10-2015 Dallas-Love Field (TX)
G150 N819AM (272), N817GA (317, green) G200 N451TX (070), N712QS (073), N422TX (093) G280 N28357 (2022), PR-FRT (2056), N280FW (2076), N208GA (2085) GIV XA-JJS (1113), N450WG (1328), N460QS (1360), N401QS (1408), N235KK (1458) G350 XC-PFM (4016) G550 N801TM (5222)
03-10-2015 Dallas-Executive Airport (TX)
The next day I made a long drive from Dallas to Amarillo. The airfield over there is the location of the
Texas Air & Space Museum. Highlight of their collection is the Shuttle Training Aircraft (STA) N946NA (c/n 146). N946NA is one of four former STA. The STA was primarily flown by astronauts practicing landings at for example the Shuttle Landing Facility and White Sands Space Harbor as well as to assess weather conditions prior to Space Shuttle launches and landings. Since the end of the Space Shuttle program all four are
donated to different museums for display. C/n 146 arrived at Amarillo on 21 September 2011 on its last flight. For me it was the second STA noted so two more to go.
Unfortunately it was a Sunday so the museum was closed. The Gulfstream is clearly visible from the outside but a decent picture is impossible, besides this creative one.....
04-10-2015 Rick Husband Amarillo International Airport (TX)
GII N946NA (146)
04-10-2015 Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport (TX)
GIV N436QS (1436)
04-10-2015 Dallas-Love Field (TX)
G280 XA-PAZ (2048)
During my tour I also visited Roanoke-Northwest Regional Airport and Waco Regional Airport but no sign of any (wfu) Gulfstream.
With a flight back to New York and on to Brussel my holiday ended. New travel plans to be made!
01-10-2015 Brussels Airport, Belgium
G450 N596DC (4129), N450CW (4250) G550 N933H (5077)
06-10-2015 Brussels Airport, Belgium
G450 TC-REC (4246)