20 January 2011

Clay Lacy N724CL

Beginning this month, I'm starting a new series called "HNL RareBirds Classics". It will be photos taken with my film point-n-shoot before I switched to digital. I might throw in a few of the early digital shots as well.

In this month's edition of HNL RareBirds Classics, is a photo of the Clay Lacy 727-051, N724CL (c/n 19121). It was here in May 2001. It's seen above wearing special logo decals for the U2 "Elevation" tour, and the "Elevation Air" titles in the cheatlines. The jet was here, though the band was not.

19121 was originally delivered to Northwest Airlines in May 1966 as N475US. It went to the Fuerza Aerea Mexicana (Mexican Air Force) as TP-02 / XC-UJB in September 1977. It was then acquired by Los Angeles Kings (NHL) owner Bruce McNall for use as a team charter jet in March 1990 as N299LA. It was then acquired by Clay Lacy in March 1995, and re-registered as the current N724CL in May 1997.

Note the American Trans Air (ATA) L-1011 parked at Hardstand 5 in the background.

Several Classics were posted during the Boeing workers strike in 2008.

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