United Airlines - N116UA
United 885 taxis toward the runway on its way to Osaka Kansai.
Visiting San Francisco on a Pride weekend that is also seeing the restoration of marriage rights for California's same-sex couples, I included some planespotting while at it. After all, San Francisco International Airport is the Pacific gateway for staunchly LGBT-friendly United Airlines, not to mention the home hub for just-as-staunchly-LGBT-friendly Virgin America.
Perhaps this plane will take some of San Francisco's spirit over to Osaka and help Japan shake off its Asian sexism and homophobia.
One week later, United 885 would have a very close call - it was holding short of Runway 28L as Asiana 214 crashed right next to it. United 885 radioed the tower back with the first updated reports, including the presence of survivors. United 885 was undamaged, but due to the airport closure and the debris field from Asiana 214, was stuck on the taxiway for hours, and severely delayed.
"Fly the Lesbian-Friendly Skies"
N116UA, Boeing 747-400