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Rare Air: Wait- America West Flew the 747?

A recent trend on social media is to ask the question, “Tell me a favorite baseball player who played for an unexpected team.” The answers are pretty entertaining if you are a baseball fan. For instance, did you remember that Ken Griffey Jr. played for the White Sox? Or that Pete Rose was once a Montreal Expo? The posts highlight stints from well known stars like Sammy Sosa, Jose Canseco, and Frank Thomas.

As avgeeks, it got us thinking. What if we asked a similar question about airlines? What airlines flew planes that most of us won’t remember? Here are five we came up with. Let us know how many you remembered and post more of your ‘rare air’ memories in the comments below.

American Airlines is now a large 737 operator, flying both the 737-800 and 737-MAX8. Back in the 80s though, they primarily flew the 727 and MD-80 for their short and medium stage routes. When American acquired AirCal in 1987, they inherited a fleet of 737-200s and 737-300s. For a time, the 737-200 made its way into the silver bird livery. American sold the 737-300s to Southwest and 737-200s to other various carriers. All American Airlines 737s were disposed of by 1991.

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