Spearhead Airlines Boeing 747-100BSR
Boeing 747-100BSR | N7417S
General Electric CF6-45
Delivered to Spearhead, 1978
Auxiliary Fuel Retrofit, 1979
Attempted Hijacking over Pacific, 1983
Retired from Spearhead Airlines, 1990
Converted 747-100BSRF, 1991
Bought by LanceCargo, 1992
Retired from LanceCargo, 2004
Stored at MHV, 2005
Now, it may be an instant wonder as to why an American airline would ever operate a plane specifically built for Japan. Spearhead has the answer for you. Spearhead wanted to fly between key cities in the United States on a sort of "belt" around and inside the boundaries of the USA. They did not want to waste the massive 8000KM range of the 747-100 on domestic routes, nor did they want to burn their slots at airports by using dozens of small 737s and 727s. Their only option came 3 years after the 747-100 released, the Boeing 747-100SR. They never ordered these for unknown reason. When the BSR came out less than a decade later, they ordered 4 of those and retrofitted them with auxiliary fuel tanks for flights to Hawaii from San Francisco, which could not be achieved by a regular 747-100BSR. The BSR was especially desired due to it's increased MTOW, which allowed more fuel without changing capacity. These 747-100BSR would go to serve for over a decade before being converted into high-density freighters for Spearhead's LanceCargo division. These freighters would eventually be retired to Mojave Air and Space Port, where they all sit to this day, untouched.
This jet, N7417S, was the first 747-100BSR delivered and was retrofitted with aux fuel tanks almost immediately. In 1983, someone attempted to hijack the plane over the Pacific, but it was immediately thwarted as the high volume of passengers in the upper deck took down the criminal. The plane returned to San Francisco without incident. In 1990, it was converted into a freighter for LanceCargo. In 2004, the BSRF was removed from the fleet and was the final BSRF to be retired from Spearhead entirely. In 2005, it was stored in Mojave where it sits to this day. Visitors to the graveyard frequently visit this aircraft to observe it's upper deck which have one-of-a-kind BSRF safety cards piled up in boxes and crates.
There have been no other incidents (besides the attempted hijacking) over a Spearhead Airlines Boeing 747-100BSR or BSRF.