Sunday, August 31, 2008

Sunday 8-31-08

Southwest Sports Aviation LLC Boeing 757-236 N757SS departed from Signature today at 5:45pm headed to DAL. The aircraft had ferried here on Thursday from ONT and today flew the Texas Rangers baseball team back to Dallas.

Tail numbers noted at Gulfstream: N298GA.

Saturday, August 30, 2008

Friday 8-29-08

2 F/A-18C Hornets from the VMFA-314 Black Knights departed LGB at 3:26pm.

The McChord C-17a that was parked by the tower departed at 4:45pm.

Allegiant Air MD-83 N864GA arrived at AAY5291 from IFP at 6:32pm. The plane departed back to IFP at 8:28pm as AAY5292.

Tail numbers noted at Gulfstream: N123FT, N63HS.

Tuesday, August 26, 2008

Monday 8-25-08

Gulfstream G550 HB-JEP arrived at 7pm and parked at Gulfstream.

Jetblue Airways E-190 N266JB departed 3 hours late because of an incident in SJC. The contract ground crew in SJC forgot to have the pilot set the brake before disconnecting the tug and towbar. As soon as the tug and towbar were disconnected from the plane, the plane rolled forward over the foot of the ground crew personnel. The flight recorder had be removed and swapped out by maintenance for review.

JetBlue Airways A320 N729JB passed through LGB tonight. This is currently the newest A320 delivered to the airline. The tail scheme is the "Mosaic" design and the name on the plane is "If You Can Read This, You're Blue Close".

Tail numbers noted at Gulfstream: N378L.

Sunday, August 24, 2008

Sunday 8-24-08

Northwest Airlines Boeing 757-251 N552NW ferried in as NWA9824 from PHX at 2pm. They picked up the Minnesota Twins baseball team and departed to BFI as NWA9988 at 5:05pm.

Allegiant Air MD-83 N865GA arrived as AAY5244 from IFP at 6:50pm. The plane departed back to IFP as AAY5245 at 8:16pm.

Swift Air 737-4B7 N801TJ arrived as SWQ801 from BFI at 8pm carrying the Oakland A's baseball team. The plane parked at Signature and ferried to SMF as SWQ801 at 9:05pm.

Saturday 8-23-08

Gulfstream G450 arrived at 3:41pm and parked at Gulfstream.

Tail numbers noted at Gulfstream: N422QS.

Saturday, August 23, 2008

Friday 8-22-08

Gulfstream G550 N550MT departed from Gulfstream at 3:04pm headed to SAF.

Gulfstream G550 D-AJJK is now wearing N291GA as a test reg. The planed departed on a test flight at 4:44pm as Gulf37 and returned at 7:17pm. Before departing on the test flight, the planed taxied to the center compass rose run up area for about 10 minutes.

Gulfstream G-V N608WB departed from Gulfstream at 5:49pm headed to SJC.

Tail numbers noted at Gulfstream: N908GA(green), N500GV, 06-0500(USAF)

Thursday, August 14, 2008

Long Beach to San Francisco flights planned for fall

SAN FRANCISCO, Aug. 14, 2008 (PRIME NEWSWIRE) -- Award-winning JetBlue Airways today announces plans to launch new premium low-fare service this fall between San Francisco International Airport and its West Coast focus city in Long Beach, Calif. JetBlue's three daily flights will be the only nonstop service from SFO to Long Beach, the uncomplicated and uncrowded Los Angeles airport. Two daily flights will begin October 18 while a third daily flight will be added November 2, all aboard JetBlue's roomy 100-seat EMBRAER 190 jet.

JetBlue's new flights from SFO round out its busy Bay to Basin schedule, which this fall will include three daily flights each from Oakland, San Francisco and San Jose, to Long Beach. From San Francisco, JetBlue also offers daily nonstop service to Austin, Texas and New York's John F. Kennedy International Airport.

"Our customers keep asking for more service from more airports and we're happy to provide it," said Jim Fuoco, JetBlue's manager of route planning. "With our service between Long Beach and both Oakland and San Jose, and now SFO, too, JetBlue is making it even easier to jet between L.A. and the Bay Area, regardless of which airport you prefer to use. We look forward to welcoming you aboard JetBlue for a truly comfortable, entertaining, and hassle-free travel experience to L.A.'s easiest airport."

Fares between SFO and Long Beach begin as low as $49(a) each way and include unlimited free snacks, industry-leading legroom, and JetBlue's signature inflight entertainment service -- which boasts 36 channels of free live DIRECTV(r) programming and more than 100 channels of XM Satellite Radio(r), the most free live entertainment options of any airline. Best of all, every flight and every fare includes JetBlue's award-winning customer service.

JetBlue's schedule between San Francisco and Long Beach effective November 2:
San Francisco (SFO) to Long Beach, Calif. (LGB)

Depart - Arrive

7:00 a.m. - 8:25 a.m.
11:00 a.m. - 12:25 p.m.
4:00 p.m. - 5:25 p.m.

Long Beach, Calif. (LGB) to San Francisco (SFO)

Depart - Arrive

9:00 a.m. - 10:25 a.m.
2:00 p.m. - 3:25 p.m.
6:00 p.m. - 7:20 p.m.
Two flights will operate on a modified schedule from Oct. 18 - Nov. 2.
For full details see

San Francisco customers traveling beyond Long Beach may take advantage of easy connecting service to six additional cities including Boston; Chicago (O'Hare); Fort Lauderdale, Fla.; Las Vegas; Salt Lake City; and Washington (Dulles).

Monday, August 11, 2008

Monday 8-11-08

Boeing C-17A 07-7176 departed on its first flight today at 2:17pm. Intersting note, the right flap assembly has not been painted yet, still wearing primer.

A military Shorts 360 was parked on the Signature ramp.

At 8:40pm Gulfstream G450 N915BD was towed to the paint hangar missing the horizontal stabilizer assembly.

Tail numbers noted at Gulfstream: ZK-KFB, EC-KUM.

Sunday 8-10-08

Allegiant Air operated in a charter tonight. MD-83 N865GA arrived as AAY5104 from IFP at 6:55pm. The plane departed back to IFP as AAY5105 at 8:03pm.

United States Coast Guard Gulfstream C-37(G550) 01 arrived at 9pm and parked at Gulfstream.

Sunday, August 10, 2008

Sunday Morning Photo Expedition 8-10-08

This morning I got up eary and made it over to the ramp to get some morning departure shots. Everything below was also shot on K64 slides. Enjoy! (All photos by Stephen Toernblom)

Saturday, August 9, 2008

Friday 8-8-08

Gulfstream G550 N560DM arrived from FAT as EJM550 at 4:06pm and parked at Gulfstream.

Gulfstream G-IV(SP) N420QS arrived from OAK at 4:48pm and parked at Gulfstream.

G550 N293GA returned from a test flight at 4:54pm.

1 Boeing F/A-18C and 1 F/A-18D arrived at 5:05pm and parked at Signature. They later departed at 8pm.

Gulfstream G450 N711SW arrived from LAS at 5:12pm and parked at Airflite. The plane later departed back to LAS at 6:12pm.

JetBlue Airways A320 N709JB ferried to SAN at 7:35pm as JBU9001.

Tail numbers noted at Gulfstream: N477QS, N806GA(Green).

Thursday, August 7, 2008

Older Photos From LGB

I have decided to upload a couple of older slides from my collection that were taken at LGB. I hope you all enjoy them.

Boeing 707-123B N7554A is seen parked on the terminal ramp. This airplane was operating charter flight in July 1981 when it broke down at LGB and was parked here for several weeks. (Photo: John Wegg)

This Lockheed Constillation N9412H was the only Connie that Hawethorne-Nevada Airlines operated. The date and photographer for this slide are unknown.

Catalina Airlines Grumman Goose N11CS is seen parked on the north general aircraft parking area. The slide was taken May 1977 but the photographer is unknown.

Wednesday, August 6, 2008

Tuesday 8-5-08

JetBlue A320-232 N715JB arrived into Long Beach at 1:45pm and departed at 2:45pm. The airplane has the "Mosaic" tail design and wears the name "How's My Flying? Call 1-800-JetBlue".

Saturday, August 2, 2008

Friday 8-1-08

Gulfstream G550 N557GA arrived at 5:20pm from LAX and parked at Gulfstream.

Gulfstream G450 N433GA was towed to the Gulfstream paint hangar at 9pm.

Gulfstream G550 N443M was towed from the Gulfstream paint hangar to the ramp at 9:55pm.

Tail numbers noted at Gulfstream: N813QS, N740SS.