Our February edition of "HNL RareBirds Classic" takes us back to 1998, and Kitty Hawk's 727-251F, N252US (c/n 19971, l/n 655), seen above on HNL's Cargo Ramp.
N252US was originally delivered to Northwest Airlines in November 1968, with their fleet number 2252. It remained with the airline until it was stored at Smyrna, TN in October 1994. It was picked up by Nations Air in June 1997, but never saw service. Kitty Hawk acquired this 727-251, and converted it to freighter in September 1997, then leased to Ansett Air Freight (Australia), but it was returned to Kitty Hawk, where it was placed into inter-island air cargo service at HNL for a short period of time. The airline took a try at hauling cargo, but the venture was short-lived. It was then sent to the mainland for their cargo operations, and was painted into their blue and white livery. N252US was withdrawn from service, retired, and stored at ROW in July 2011.