UPS Airlines Aircraft Cargo Fleet Advertising Cards
By: John A. Shupek (

Set Overview

  • Series Title: UPS Airlines Aircraft Cargo Fleet
  • American Card Catalog Reference №: n/a
  • Issued by: UPS Airlines
  • Country: United States of America
  • Number of Cards: 8
  • Card Numbering: unnumbered
  • Type of Card: Advertising Card
  • Card Dimensions: 3.5 × 2.5 in (88.9 × 63.5 mm)
  • Circa: Mid-2000s
  • Checklist: Download Checklist

During the 2000s, UPS Airlines issued an 8-card set of “UPS Airlines Aircraft Cargo Fleet” advertising non-sports trading cards. These advertising cards were designed to showcase the aircraft that UPS Airlines were using during the 2000s for their fleet of jet cargo aircraft. It's interesting to note that the cards were issued prior to 2 March 2007 since one of the cards was an Airbus A380F in UPS livery. UPS Airline canceled their order for ten Airbus A380Fs on that date, so even though the set shows the card as been part of the UPS fleet, this never happened. As shown above, the backs of the cards featured the basic specifications for each of the various aircraft. The cards measure 3.5 × 2.5 in (88.9 × 63.5 mm), and are not assigned an American Cards Catalog reference number.

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The following reference card shows the fronts and backs of a typical 2000s “UPS Airlines Aircraft Cargo Fleet” card. Click on the card images to reveal full-size computer enhanced 600-dpi images of the card.

Set Image-Guide

The following 2000s “UPS Airlines Aircraft Cargo Fleet” 8-card set by UPS Airlines, Image-Guide shows computer enhanced images of the fronts and backs of the 8 cards in the set. Behind each thumbnail image is a 600-dpi computer enhanced card image that you may access. In addition, directly beneath the Image Guide, in tabular form, are links to the original scans used for this article.

2000s “UPS Airlines Aircraft Cargo Fleet”

Set Checklist

We have provided two versions of the “UPS Airlines Aircraft Cargo Fleet” checklist. An 8½ × 11 inch PDF version, and the web version shown below. Click on the PDF graphic below to access the PDF version.

UPS Airlines Aircraft Cargo Fleet
xCard Title
1A300 (N163UP, Airbus A300F4-622R, c/n 0852)
2A380 (Airbus A380F - Order cancelled 2 March 2007)
3727 (N936UP, 1985 Boeing 727-108C, c/n 19503)
4747 (Boeing 747-400F)
5757 (Boeing 757-200PF)
6767 (1996 Boeing 767-34AF, c/n 27761, N308UP)
7DC-8 (Douglas DC-8-71F)
8MD-11 (1995 McDonnell Douglas MD-11F, c/n 48745, N250UP)

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John Shupek — John is retired Aeronautical/Aerospace Engineer that lives in Southern California. John's 36 year aerospace career/adventure started in the mid-1960s when he worked for Pratt & Whitney at their “FRDC” … Florida Research and Development Center, West Palm Beach, Florida. John was part of the P&W jet engine design team for the CIA/USAF's Lockheed A-12/SR-71A “Oxcart/Blackbird” engines (J58/JT11D-20). He also worked on the RL-10 rocket engine and the JTF-17A which was P&W's entry into the United States' SST competition between Boeing and Lockheed. Several years later, John moved back to California and worked at the AiResearch Mfg. Company at LAX and Torrance. He originally worked on the thermal design of the HRE (Hypersonic Ramjet Engine) which was a supersonic combustion Mach 7 ramjet engine that was to be tested on the North American X-15. John did about three more years of jet engine design work before he disappeared for 13 years into the classified DOE “GCEP” (Gas Centrifuge Enrichment Plant) Atomic Energy program for the enrichment of U235. After the GCEP program was cancelled by the DOE in 1985, John was hired by Northrop Aircraft to do the thermal design for Northrop's entry into the ATF (Advanced Tactical Fighter) competition, the Northrop YF-23A “Black Widow II” stealth supercruise fighter. He also worked on the Northrop Grumman B-2A “Spirit” stealth bomber. After several years on a classified stealth missile program, John worked the remainder of his Aerospace career as one of Northrop Grumman's Program Directors on the United States Navy's F/A-18E/F “Super Hornet” jet fighter program.

During John's career at Northrop Grumman he served for five years as Northrop's “Vintage Aircraft Club” Commissioner and the Curator and Webmaster for the Western Museum of Flight in Hawthorne, California. Several years later, John was the volunteer webmaster (for about 3 years) for the Yanks Air Museum, Chino, California. He also served as President and webmaster for two different NPO's after his retirement. The Whittier Historical Society & Museum and Whittier Meals on Wheels.

John's love of aviation history and aviation photography lead to the establishment of this website in 1998. The site has continued to expand and will always grow and will never be completed. It's sort of analogous to a snowball rolling down a hill without any trees to stop it. In approximately 2002, John remembered that he had collected Topps “Wings” (ACC# R707-4) airplane trading cards while in High School. Somehow the cards had disappeared over the years. So at this point, he started to re-collect airplane trading cards via eBay and become an airplane card “Image Collector” rather than a “Card Collector” per se. After John scans an airplane card for the website, he has no further use for it and he puts it back into circulation via eBay. John's mission statement for the is basically to restore and preserve high-quality card images/artwork associated with the various airplane card sets from the early 1900s to the present. These cards are wonderful historical “snapshots” into aviation history showing which aviation events and aircraft were important at that point in time. For the website, basically if it is a trading card collection that features things that fly, but doesn't have feathers, it is eligible for consideration on the website. John always welcomes inputs and high resolution scans (600-dpi) that can be used on this website. John can be reached via the “Contact Us” navigation button on the left.


  1. Shupek, John A. “UPS Airlines Aircraft Cargo Fleet.” The Skytamer Archive (600-dpi Image Scans). Skytamer Images, Whittier, CA, 2017. Digital Image Database.

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