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Rolls-Royce 747 sitting in Tucson

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Hello you guys,

About 5 weeks ago, at Tucson, I spotted a 747 decked out in Rolls-Royce colors.

Some references about powering the 787 are painted on the sides too.

I cruised by this morning.

It hasn’t moved an inch.

Anyone know what its doing in Tucson for so long?

It is an 747SP.

N-787RR

PegLegGuy

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Its Lucas electrical system probably failed. Everyone knows the Brits drink warm beer because they have Lucas refrigerators. :slight_smile:

Ed Mills

Probably waiting for some testing to be scheduled.

They have an A380 doing the Trent XWB engine testing, so until they have a PIP or something for the Trent 1000 it will sit in the sun.

N787RR is actually a 747-200B, and it has been flying around recently. I can confirm because I saw it over San Diego last week going out over the Pacific for a test flight.

Note: FA might not show all of its latest data probably from a glitch.

They may be using a callsign, and new/foreign callsigns are excluded from our FAA feed by default.

According to airlinerlist.com/ also indicates it is stored and has these comments:
Seen at Waco; will be fitted out by L-3 Communications Integrated Systems as testbed for the RR Trent 1000 (B787) engines 06.05, tests start mid-07

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Over a year later, N - 787RR is still in Tucson.

Its always in the exact same parking spot.

Its not in a hangar either.

PegLeg

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Try reading my post (right above yours) again and click this link

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Thanks rw.

PegLeg

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