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Friday, January 11, 2013

Sightings: Kalitta Charter B727 at Spirit of St. Louis Airport

By Mark Nankivil
A recent holiday visitor to the TacAir ramp at Spirit of St. Louis Airport was this Boeing 727-225, N724CK, built in 1971 and operated by Kalitta Charters. It had dropped into KSUS delivering cargo and spent a few extra days on the ramp prior to being photographed. With 727s becoming something of a rare breed nowadays, it was nice to see this classic on the ramp.

Kalitta Charters ( ) operates a varied fleet of aircraft on cargo, passenger and medical flights. At present, their cargo fleet consists of 6 727-200Fs and two DC-9s (a Series 15F and a Series 32F) used for contract and ad-hoc flights. Kalitta Charters also operates a fleet of freight configured Learjets of various types along with Falcon 20s. Their passenger side of the business uses various models of the Learjet plus the Falcon 20 and Beechcraft King Air 200. If you need something a wee bit bigger, there's always Kalitta Air ( which operates various freight versions of the Boeing 747.

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