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British Airways retro painting 747-400 in BOAC colors

Old 24th Jan 2019, 15:53
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Originally Posted by hiflymk3 View Post
Classy, restrained, distinctive liveries back then. BOAC, Pan Am, TWA, JAL and others. BA should reinstate the Speedbird widget.

Now liveries are too gaudy, like a three year old with crayons. Some look like toothpaste tubes, (American)?

What's the difference between a modern airliner and a toothpaste tube? You squeeze the contents out of a toothpaste tube.
I thought I was the only person who thought present day civil aircrafts look like tube of toothpaste!
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Old 24th Jan 2019, 17:17
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Originally Posted by bols59 View Post
I thought I was the only person who thought present day civil aircrafts look like tube of toothpaste!
No, me too. Actually, the "Red Square" (non-soviet) scheme on the A320 looks great.
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Old 24th Jan 2019, 20:52
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Referring to the 742 that was repainted.
Originally Posted by DaveReidUK View Post
I'd certainly love to see photos of that. It's strange that a hard-nosed organisation like BA would spend money on something that would have a limited shelf life and no commercial benefit.
I'd say that then, as now, it all gets written off on the PR budget.

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Old 24th Jan 2019, 22:23
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Originally Posted by PAXboy View Post
Referring to the 742 that was repainted.

I'd say that then, as now, it all gets written off on the PR budget.
Given that it was a pretty minimal repaint (just the tail and logo, in fact I've seen reports that it was only applied on one side), it was probably paid for out of petty cash.
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Old 25th Jan 2019, 11:20
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Originally Posted by gatbusdriver View Post
Are members of the FEW worthy?
It would be nice to see a pair of baby buses painted into the Orange and Yellow Klingon liveries as well
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Old 25th Jan 2019, 13:14
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Well, at least some of the Flight Attendants are wearing shear hose.
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Old 25th Jan 2019, 18:50
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The repainted 747 above is a -100, you can tell by the Pratts hanging on the wing.
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Old 25th Jan 2019, 20:51
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I still remember the max takeoff weight for those -100s was 332.9 tonnes. Nowadays the 777-300s can take off heavier than that.
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Old 25th Jan 2019, 23:27
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Originally Posted by ZimmerFly View Post
The repainted 747 above is a -100, you can tell by the Pratts hanging on the wing.
Are you sure, I didn't think they built -100s with the ten upper deck windows per side.
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Old 26th Jan 2019, 02:59
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G-AWNA is without doubt a 747-136. I have flown it many times, but not in those colours.
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Old 26th Jan 2019, 07:08
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Originally Posted by tdracer View Post
Are you sure, I didn't think they built -100s with the ten upper deck windows per side.
Early B741s/B742s were built with 3 windows, later ones with 10.

In addition, some airlines (including BA in the late 1970s) modified their early aircraft, which involved replacing the skin panels as can be seen on this NW B741:



https://www.airliners.net/photo/Nort...ng-747-151/635
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Old 26th Jan 2019, 09:34
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As the British Airways we know today was formed by the merger of BOAC and BEA in 1974 it is reasonable to have a short haul aircraft painted in BEA colours as well as a long haul aircraft in BOAC colours.
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Old 26th Jan 2019, 10:36
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Originally Posted by krismiler View Post
As the British Airways we know today was formed by the merger of BOAC and BEA in 1974 it is reasonable to have a short haul aircraft painted in BEA colours as well as a long haul aircraft in BOAC colours.
Yes, as I mentioned in a couple of previous posts, that's the logical conclusion. The only question is which of the BEA liveries BA will choose.

Given that we know 3 747s and one A319 will go retro, I suspect that as well as the BOAC 747, we'll see the Landor and Negus schemes on the other two Boeings and (hopefully!) the BEA Red Square on the Airbus.
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Old 26th Jan 2019, 11:00
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BEA had widebodies as well (L1011)
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Old 26th Jan 2019, 11:45
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Originally Posted by OxfordGold View Post
BEA had widebodies as well (L1011)
One was painted in BEA colours as a demonstrator and 6 were ordered for Q4 1974. None were delivered as BEA ceased operations some time before the due date.
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Old 27th Jan 2019, 00:16
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Old 27th Jan 2019, 06:03
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This is making the rounds on another forum. Shame it's going on the B744. The landor livery would look so classy on the 380.
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Old 27th Jan 2019, 09:29
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Porterboy,
That looks really good. By far the best BA colour scheme after the merger.
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Old 27th Jan 2019, 10:04
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And a nice tribute to Queen, Freddy would be proud
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Old 27th Jan 2019, 10:19
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Originally Posted by Porterboy View Post
This is making the rounds on another forum. Shame it's going on the B744. The Landor livery would look so classy on the 380.
It will look equally classy on a B744. In fact it did for ten years or so ...

But I agree that a retro livery has the most impact when applied to a type that has never worn it.

Maybe BA will have more imagination than we give them credit for - imagine a 747 in either of the two schemes (white tail/blue tail) that the Stratocruisers, Britannias, etc, wore.
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