I have photographed Janet 737s operating out of their hub at McCarran International in Las Vegas before.They have made it on to the blog too.However, it turns out I can get them a lot closer to home.Normally when they leave Las Vegas, they fly for a while and then disappear to wherever they are headed.In the case of the destination being Paine Field, no need for such subterfuge.Like a lot of operators, it seems they use ATS for maintenance.
I knew an aircraft was in as they had been filing flight plans for a number of days but never going anywhere.The weekend came around along with another flight plan so I was skeptical.However, when they got airborne, I figured it was time to be ready for the return.The weather was doing its usual thing.Clouds everywhere but with sun regularly popping through.Could we get the same thing?
Hardly surprising that a big cloud rolled in as they were lining up on the ILS. There was still hope of light further up the approach and the cloud was moving fast.In the end, we had good light far out, a lot of gloom for most of the approach and then sun just over the threshold.Not perfect but it would do.The flight must have been successful because the departed for Las Vegas later the same day.We have had some before so hopefully there will be more.The 737-600 is pretty rare anyway so this is one of the few times I get to see one.
Any time at McCarran is likely to include some Janets. The use of the 737s to transport staff to the various locations in Nevada at which spooky things happen is well established and you can see the schedule online if you want. They have moved on from 737-200s to 737-600s but the service is much the same. They may be 737s but the spooky nature of the operations makes them more interesting than the average airline.
The shuttle of flights run out of McCarran Airport, Las Vegas by private contractors for various departments of the US Government are known as the Janets. Previously operated using Boeing 737-200s, the flights have now been upgraded to 737-600s, probably as a result of the low price of these jets given their lack of popularity with airlines. They operate a pretty busy schedule at certain times of day. The flights file a plan to a location and then cancel it en route as they divert to whatever secret installation that is their true destination. Paul, Chris and I decided to try and find a good location to catch one as it departs since they make a tight turn out and should have good light in the evening. Several arrived while we were there and we were too late for one of the departures but we did catch one of them heading out. The light ended up being very favorable.