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Specialty Planes

Introducing Penguin One, The Newest Addition To Our SeaWorld Specialty Fleet

In 1988 when SeaWorld® opened in San Antonio, two great companies in the tourism world launched a new partnership in a high-flying way with the introduction of three co-branded 737 jets; Shamu One, born May 23, 1988; Shamu Two, born May 30, 1990; and Shamu Three, born September 7, 1990. Upon the retirement of Shamu One, we’re excited to welcome Penguin One to our fun fleet of SeaWorld specialty planes!

Penguin One Fun Facts:

 
  • Born: June 20, 2013
  • Hometown: Spokane, WA
  • Resides in: 97 destinations in 41 states, the District of Columbia, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, and six near-international countries
  • Length: 110 feet, 4 inches
  • Weight: 84,100 lbs.
  • Parents: Southwest Airlines Employees
  • Seats: 143
  • Hobbies include: Flying high, keeping Southwest Airlines’ Customers comfortable, and displaying a strong relationship between Southwest Airlines and SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment
  • The largest penguin on Penguin One is over 26 feet long

Painting Process Facts:

  • Penguin One is painted in seven different colors
  • Nine day paint operation (24 hours around the clock) compared to the three day turnaround for our standard paint scheme
  • 35 people over three shifts
  • 100 gallons of paint applied to the fuselage
  • The Gentoo penguins on Penguin One vary in length from 12 feet to more than 26 feet, about five to ten times the size of the average Gentoo penguin! The aircraft is also covered with a clear coat of paint to protect the design and keep Penguin One looking great for years to come.

Meet the Rest of Our Specialty Fleet

  • Shamu Two - May 30, 1990
  • Shamu Three - Sept. 7, 1990
  • Lone Star One - Nov. 7, 1990
  • Arizona One - May 23, 1994
  • Triple Crown - June 9, 1997
  • California One - Sept. 19, 1998
  • Nevada One - June 12, 1999
  • New Mexico One - Sept. 18, 2000
  • Maryland One - June 14, 2005
  • Illinois One - April 14, 2008
  • Florida One - April 23, 2010
  • Colorado One - August 22, 2012
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