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Old 05-10-2021, 09:28 AM   #1 (permalink)
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You didn't need a Firebolt broomstick to take to the skies when flying in this! I hadn't planned on acquiring this model for my collection because I'm not a Harry Potter fan. However, Russell/crownvic/Agent CV had this on offer, too, so I grabbed it when I bought "Birthday Girl" from him! There are now only 3 Virgin 747 diecast models that I don't have in my collection: IF's G-VGIN & G-VHOT and G200's G-VXLG. I've been on the fence about buying them, because they're almost identical to models I have in my collection. (G-VIR vs. G-VGIN = G-VIR has "Virgin" on the nose & painter on the tail; G-VGIN has a Flying Lady on the nose & no painter on the tail. G-VFAB vs. G-VHOT = G-VHOT has "NO WAY BA/AA" on the rear fuselage.)

I'm hoping a manufacturer will produce a model of G-VROS "Forever Young" which was Virgin's last 747 revenue flight. It flew LAX-LHR on 30th March 2020. G-VROS was never painted into the current livery. It remained in the livery you see on this model. (Sans the Harry Potter scheme, of course.) If it had been painted into the current livery, I'd find someone (where's "stang21181"?) to do a custom of it for me.

Virgin Atlantic: more experience than our name suggests!

Aircraft and model details:
Boeing 747-443; G-VLIP "Hot Lips"
Virgin Atlantic Airways
Serial No. 32338; Line No. 1274
First flight 26th April 2001
Delivered to Virgin 15th May 2001
Configuration 14 Upper Class, 66 Premium Economy, and 375 Economy class seats
Blue Box BBOX754, produced 2011
Special Notes: Originally ordered by GECAS for lease to Alitalia as reg. EI-CVI but not taken; ninth 747-400 delivered to Virgin; painted in "Harry Potter" livery May 2010 - Jan. 2011; renamed "The Falcon" & painted in "Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge" livery Sept. 2019 - Nov. 2020; stored at Marana Pinal Airpark 11th Dec. 2020.

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Old 05-10-2021, 09:32 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Since I flew on that Harry Potter plane in those exact colors back in the day 2010? it will most likely be on my official buyback program sometime down the road Looks really nice!
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Since I flew on that Harry Potter plane in those exact colors back in the day 2010? it will most likely be on my official buyback program sometime down the road Looks really nice!
I'm surprised at the short amount of time it remained in this livery. Maybe they were decals, not painted?

One thing about the current Virgin livery that I miss seeing is the Union Jack on the aircraft that have winglets.
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I am not sure why but I can't see the pictures.

However if pics are as thumbnails those are visible.

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Congrats on this purchase! One of my favorite models that I own, as I'm a huge sucker for special liveries and Harry Potter. I'm sure she looks awesome in your VA fleet

Great photos!!
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I am not sure why but I can't see the pictures.

However if pics are as thumbnails those are visible.
By which method are you viewing them? Mobile phone? Computer?

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Congrats on this purchase! One of my favorite models that I own, as I'm a huge sucker for special liveries and Harry Potter. I'm sure she looks awesome in your VA fleet

Great photos!!
Thanks, I appreciate it!
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One fine sunny day Randy, I feel a Virgin 747 group photo is calling. Please, I asked nicely.
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One fine sunny day Randy, I feel a Virgin 747 group photo is calling. Please, I asked nicely.
You read my mind 😉
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Old 05-11-2021, 10:23 AM   #9 (permalink)
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Thanks, guys. I live in Palm Springs aka Palm Pings and it's almost always sunny here. I've been trying to decide whether to do a group photo of VS 747s or do a fleet photo of all of my VS models, including 787s & A343. I'm getting ready to move (locally) so everything's boxed up, but will get around to it once I'm settled.
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Great Pick up! looks great! One of those planes that is incredibly costly if your looking online it seems.
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Great Pick up! looks great! One of those planes that is incredibly costly if your looking online it seems.
Thanks so much. Sadly, I'm gonna have to put it & a few other models on the chopping block to pay medical bills from an ER visit a couple weeks ago.
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Loving these B747-443's tho nice add as always KLM4me
Were you able to add Virgin's B747-123 as well , aka this one:


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