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Old 16th Nov 2014, 06:40
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Flava i didnt receive the information from Boeing but an engineer.As with any item if you modify it from factory standard you might pay more for your insurance and American might have been in this position.Perhaps their current scheme reflects the change.

Maybe you might know why Americans A300,s never wore the natural metal scheme.
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Old 16th Nov 2014, 07:14
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A bit late into the thread but concur with SOPS. (Post #3)
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Old 16th Nov 2014, 09:46
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Maybe you might know why Americans A300,s never wore the natural metal scheme.
The plastic bits can't be polished?
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Old 16th Nov 2014, 13:23
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My pleasure.
My ex QF colleagues always say "How do you remember all this stuff". I guess like a lot of people here, aviation is our business.
I truly was a child of Qantas, family friends, social occasions, etc. always had a Qantas tinge to them and they were great times.
I have lots of other knowledge of QF over the years as I was an avid lover of aeroplanes when I was a kid. I inherited some of my Dad's drawing talent and I remember him saying to someone at a party one day "My son loves the 747, he did a drawing the other day and while it was obviously a child's drawing, he had every damn antenna and feature included".
I've had some great times over the years. Probably would never have flown on BA but we went to NAN in 1971 and were staying with the Qantas APM. We were coming back as luck would have it on the last day what you might call 'ghetto blasters" now were not subject to duty. When Cassette players and the like were gaining popularity there was almost a competition amongst manufacturers to make them as big as possible but put a handle on the top so they qualified as 'portable' and thus not subject to duty!
Anyway, we were offloaded from the Qantas flight (which of course was a B707) and after some 'pulling of strings' we came back on BOAC the next day (they used to fly the pacific to LHR via JFK, LAX, etc. in those days as well as west-bound to the UK from Australia).
Anyway, it was a treat!! The aircraft was a Vickers Super VC-10. I didn't travel on BA again for a few years (by which time it was British Airways) from MEL to PER in 1976. The B747-136 had BA Titles but a Dark Blue Cheat Line and tail with a gold Speedbird!!
However, I've always been pleased we got offloaded so I could say I flew on a VC-10!!
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Old 16th Nov 2014, 19:13
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Maybe you might know why Americans A300,s never wore the natural metal scheme.

At the time, I was told it was because the aluminum alloys that Airbus used on the A300 didn't have the same corrosion resistance as the alloys Boeing used, and hence Airbus needed to be painted.


American's 777s use the same polished aluminum scheme, the plastic bits (such as the vertical tail) are simply painted grey.
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Old 16th Nov 2014, 19:49
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American's 777s use the same polished aluminum scheme, the plastic bits (such as the vertical tail) are simply painted grey.
The new American livery has a painted silver-grey fuselage.

N727AN Boeing 777-323ER by Irish251, on Flickr
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Old 24th Nov 2014, 10:52
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I was lucky this morning to watch the new machine depart Adelaide, what a fantastic sight.
I remember at an air show in years past, watching a TAA 727 conduct a low pass at high speed down the flight line, can anyone add to that, location etc.
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Old 24th Nov 2014, 11:30
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The first Avalon airshow in about late '92 featured a very low, very fast flypast of a 727. Not sire if that's the one youre referring to.
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Old 24th Nov 2014, 14:20
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Old 24th Nov 2014, 16:22
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What, no V-Jet? Now that was a strikingly simple, yet attractive scheme. Never a fan, (no pun intended), of the 'ochre' cheat line. Looked like the original red had oxidized. It clashed, not contrasted with, the red tail marking and title.
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Old 24th Nov 2014, 16:36
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These QANTAS schemes are aesthetically unappealling: (kinda yucky)


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Old 24th Nov 2014, 20:30
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Wunala was freaking awesome. It invariably got mentions from other airline crew in LAX or LHR when I operated it.
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Old 24th Nov 2014, 20:39
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Agreed Keg.

Even if it happened just because it was left unattended in a Redfern carpark overnight

Going Boeing:
I understand the Engineer bought it (the 125) for the avionics that were worth far more than the airframe - Qantas realised too late to stop the sale and he had quite a 'win'.... So legend has it anyway.
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Old 24th Nov 2014, 22:55
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Wunula was fantastic. The rest of the art works - from the vomit comet to the varicose vein have been pretty ordinary. The retro 737 is great, but that colour scheme should be on a 747.
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Old 25th Nov 2014, 00:59
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Or a 787.

It would look fantastic on that.

Of course also create a great connection between past and future, as opposed to past and present.
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Old 25th Nov 2014, 02:55
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One could question the need for the word 'Australia' on a domestic jet.. Maybe a staff suggestion to save some paint?? Lenny Czxxxxx (could never spell it) got $1500 for coming up with 'Longreach' - who knows what someone might get for an initiative of this type!
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Old 25th Nov 2014, 03:53
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I liked Wunala much more than Nalanji.The blue clashed with the red on the tail.
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Old 25th Nov 2014, 05:47
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I think wunala will go down in history as one of the best paints ever.

When I was at JFK a few years ago, I saw it land while waiting for a VRD flight, it gave me both a sense of aussie pride and homesickness
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Old 25th Nov 2014, 09:47
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Keg, you may have been right with Avalon Air Show for the 727 fly past.
Wunala landed at Hobart for an airport open day back in the late 80's or Early 90's, that was a good sight.
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