Kalitta 747 dons mask to highlight fight against COVID-19

Posted on Tuesday, February 9, 2021 by Nick Benson
Topics: Special Liveries, COVID-19

Jon Ericksen

Kalitta Air, a cargo airline based in Ypsilanti, MI, will soon be flying a 747 with a surgical mask painted on its nose. It will be the first US-based carrier with an aircraft donning a mask to support the fight against COVID-19. Given the mix of scheduled and charter services flown by Kalitta, it's safe to assume this aircraft will visit a large number of airports in the US and around the world.

Jon Ericksen

N744CK, a 747-400 BCF, started its career as a passenger hauler for Japan Airlines in 1993; it's now been in Kalitta's fleet for two decades. The aircraft is currently undergoing a heavy check at the airline's maintenance facility in Oscoda, MI, and is expected to return to service around the end of the month.

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Nick Benson

Nick lives in Burnsville, MN with his wife and three children. He grooves on railroad and aviation photography, geography, weather, and LEGO. A freelance web developer, he started JetTip's smart flight alert service in 2017. He can frequently be found atop a step ladder at MSP's Aircraft Viewing Area.