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Spearhead Airlines Boeing 747-100BSR


Spearhead Airlines Boeing 747-100BSR

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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
Status: Stored

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.



    Not a fan of the design :(

    Not a fan of the design :(

    Thank you for the feedback. I will try whatever I can to improve it in the future. Thanks!

    I thought this was in grayscale.

    I thought this was in grayscale.

    first time I've seen u comment in ages

    I don't know what's going on here, but I don't like it. 

    I don't know what's going on here, but I don't like it.


    May I ask what in particular you don’t like? It could help me improve the next design. Thank you!

    I feel like this is a desert of sorts - there's no colors.

    Hi frostymod,

     

    There's a lot of unnecessary criticism in this thread, I think Spearhead is a great concept! Here are a few suggestions I would make to really tighten it up:

     

    First, contrary to what others are saying, I think an airline using monochrome grey can be done very well, and look quite sharp (and based on the history of your airline in the bio, I think you've made the right color choice). Grey gives me a professional, clean-cut, almost industrial feel, which is exactly the impression I get from Spearhead. The cheatline is wonderful, but the tail could be reworked--completely bathing it in grey kind of makes it bland. I might suggest adding white to the top of the tail, and making the thin lines of the darker tones on the bottom of the tail a bit larger, so they stand out more.

     

    Second, I would get rid of the 'flare' at the front of the cheatline--it's original, certainly, but it gives the illusion of enlarging the 747's nose, which you want to look sharp (like a spearhead!). Maybe the cheatlines could be brought to a point at the nose?

     

    Finally, I think your tail logo needs to be redone. I like the use of the letters SHA, but I think something needs to be added to them to really complement the look... For example, see American Airlines' old logo or KLM's logo, which both are mainly just the airline's initials, but both add their own personality to the logo. Maybe add a spear on top or below to better tie the letters in with the brand itself?

     

    Of course, this is just my opinion, it's your airline so do as you wish! I hope my comments have been helpful--something not many in this thread can say! :)

    Hi frostymod,
     
    There's a lot of unnecessary criticism in this thread, I think Spearhead is a great concept! Here are a few suggestions I would make to really tighten it up:
     
    First, contrary to what others are saying, I think an airline using monochrome grey can be done very well, and look quite sharp (and based on the history of your airline in the bio, I think you've made the right color choice). Grey gives me a professional, clean-cut, almost industrial feel, which is exactly the impression I get from Spearhead. The cheatline is wonderful, but the tail could be reworked--completely bathing it in grey kind of makes it bland. I might suggest adding white to the top of the tail, and making the thin lines of the darker tones on the bottom of the tail a bit larger, so they stand out more.
     
    Second, I would get rid of the 'flare' at the front of the cheatline--it's original, certainly, but it gives the illusion of enlarging the 747's nose, which you want to look sharp (like a spearhead!). Maybe the cheatlines could be brought to a point at the nose?
     
    Finally, I think your tail logo needs to be redone. I like the use of the letters SHA, but I think something needs to be added to them to really complement the look... For example, see American Airlines' old logo or KLM's logo, which both are mainly just the airline's initials, but both add their own personality to the logo. Maybe add a spear on top or below to better tie the letters in with the brand itself?
     
    Of course, this is just my opinion, it's your airline so do as you wish! I hope my comments have been helpful--something not many in this thread can say! :)


    Thank you so much! You have no idea how much this helps me. I will certainly take everything listed into account, and I am so happy you left so much for me to work with to improve. Thank you!

    Statements retracted.

     

    To any degree, I really do think it needs some color, despite what others may have said, color is going to give it some life. Another brand on AE (dunno if it's still active or on here) was similarly themed and boasted a beautiful maroon and gold livery style, which worked a lot better.