Thursday, June 23, 2022

Western Pacific Airlines Boeing 737-317 (23173/1098) N946WP "Spirit of Durango / Purgatory Resort"

(Photo by Michael Carter / Aero Pacific Images)
(Kodachrome K64 Slide)
Taxies to Rwy 24L at Los Angeles International Airport (LAX/KLAX) for an afternoon departure to Colorado Springs Municipal Airport (COS/KCOS) in January 1997.
First Flight: March 10, 1985.
Delivered: April 12, 1985 to CP Air as C-FCPG "Empress of Ontario" then later Canadian Pacific Air Lines with the carriers name change in January 1986.
On April 30, 1986, the aircraft found its way to Brazilian carrier VASP as PP-SNQ with whom she served until December 1992 when she was returned to lessor Guinness Peat Aviation (GPA).
MarkAir leased the aircraft on May 30, 1993 as EI-CHQ whom she served until being WFU and STD on April 4, 1995.
July 1, 1995 she was delivered to Western Pacific Airlines and was eventually painted in the stunning "Spirit of Durango / Puratory Resort" special livery.
Her final years of flying saw her land at Southwest Airlines on June 1, 1998 as N661SW. She was retired in July 2012 and later scrapped.


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