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    Its Official: Wunala Dreaming is no more

    Repainted back into standard QANTAS Livery

    http://www.xmyzl.com/temp/120121vhoej.jpg
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    OK, hopefully we'll get a new Aborigine c/s on an A380 or perhaps another 747-400
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    How can you do that to the coolest C/S ever? Glad I got her twice in good conditions. R.I.P.
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    Quote Originally Posted by NIKV69 View Post
    How can you do that to the coolest C/S ever? Glad I got her twice in good conditions. R.I.P.
    <<<< ^^^
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    Quote Originally Posted by gonzalu View Post
    <<<< ^^^
    LOL I was going to hijack the thread to make it a post your Wunala and story pic but out of respect for Manny I will not.
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    Quote Originally Posted by NIKV69 View Post
    LOL I was going to hijack the thread to make it a post your Wunala and story pic but out of respect for Manny I will not.
    go ahead, Manny will understand.
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    I'll start

    First time I saw Wunala Dreaming will be 7 years ago tomorrow. Jan 22nd, 2005
    Story from that day, I was really sick on that day. I stayed out as long as possible to shoot Wunala departing. I got the shot and then proceeded to sleep for the next 13 hours.



    Here are some Random shot from the past 7 years







    And Wunala's last visit to JFK, July 1st 2010 as she taxies out for 31L KK departure
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    Hey man, what can I say... I got STARTED TAKING PICTURES very late in the game. My first official spotting outing was HoBe with Mark "Zee71" graciously showing me around back at the end of 2010. I can;t tell you how many times I went to JFK just to look at the Concrde on the ramp and walk the top of the IAT roof... and LGA observation decks and how many times I took Eastern to Florida and got in the cockpit ... and NEVER a picture... ever :-(

    Where was NYCAviation and The Internet back then? How come I wasn't lucky to run into Phil or Art Bret or Raj? So, I usually tell myself (while crying myself to sleep that I will never get a nice picture of Wunala or Swiss San Fran, etc.) what Mark H. always tells me... turn around, don't look back, just go home.... there will always be tomorrow and another opportunity!

    So, post your Wunala pictures everyone, please... I am still hopeful they will paint a new c/s (perhaps the one on the 737 Wunala right now) on a 747 or better yet, an A380
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    Eric, what's with you and LAX? Last time we were there you got really sick too... remember?
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    Quote Originally Posted by gonzalu View Post
    Eric, what's with you and LAX? Last time we were there you got really sick too... remember?
    HA, it was only those two times. Any other time I've been there its been sunrise to sunset shooting and more.
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    Quote Originally Posted by eric8669 View Post
    go ahead, Manny will understand.
    LOL I was hoping Eric would take the lead.

    Since Eric made Manny feel even better with multiple shots I will just post one. It was the summer after myself and Tommy A saw her at LAX and got what we thought were epic rotation shots only to have slight marine layer render them useless. If ya remember summer 2007 it contained many good days of low humidity and temps which is a bonus for us for it cuts down on those hazy skies. I was at the mounds Aug 1 and the wx was very San Diego like. Barely 80 and dry. No bugs no sweating, no other spotters, as I just snapped away anything good that went by without even a radio or checking ACARS.

    I see a 747 way out there. The growth wasn't nearly as bad as it is now so you could see clearer. It seemed Red. 747 + Red = I realized spotting Gods were loving me. Double checked all settings on cam, got in a good position and snapped away. Winning.



    Year later I got her at the cargo area but she is buried on my old HD. Shot was clean I just am too lazy to edit it. May have to now since it is no more.

    Did a quick search on why they painted it new. They say they are going to have a new special scheme! Manny you have a mission!

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    I first caught her back in 2006 over at the cargo area.





    It would be another three years before I caught her again, in good light, both at Firestone and The Mounds.





    My biggest disappointment was the departure shot I missed. One late summer afternoon, JFK was departing 31L, and I headed over to HoBe to catch her departing. After they had started to taxi, a thunderstorm blew though, and when the storm cleared, the winds shifted, and I watched as this red 747 departed in the distance off 22L...

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    Spotters in Sydney are telling me a new kind of Dream Livery will appear soon on the doomed A380 which is being repaired in Singapore right now. The Tech's at Qant-ass think she's haunted after all the stuff thats happened to her and deserve a new identity. I still think Qant-ass should have left this one alone if they are coming up with a new concept for Dream Livery.

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    Special Liveries

    Sad to lose "Wunala". I was obsesses with the ANA Pokemon B747 back in the 90's. I even got a schedule of when she came to JFK in advance. I took lots of Video Hi8. I also tried to see Singapore's "Tropical", Alitalia's Perugina and Bulgari. I now rarely see a special livery except for sports teams.

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    Glad I got her! A couple of mine:






    7/01/2010 from HoBe:


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