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British Airways retro painting 747-400 in BOAC colors

Old 22nd Jan 2019, 15:02
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British Airways retro painting 747-400 in BOAC colors


British Airways is to paint one of their fleet in BOAC retro colors

https://www.businesstraveller.com/bu...o-boac-livery/
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Old 22nd Jan 2019, 15:44
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I believe that it's first planned flight is on the 19th, and by co-incidence I plan to be at LHR on that date. Would love to get some photo's of the takeoff.
Does anyone know which route this will be used on, and therefore take off time please?
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Old 22nd Jan 2019, 15:51
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There is something rather nice about that livery.....if only they could put it on a VC10 too.
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Old 22nd Jan 2019, 16:35
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BA Press release here: BRITISH AIRWAYS TO PAINT AIRCRAFT WITH MUCH-LOVED DESIGN FROM AIRLINE'S HISTORY (their caps, not mine!)

Apparently colour photography hadn't been invented in the days of BOAC 747s.
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Slight lump to the throat as long since departed father-in-law was an SCSO in a 747 looking just like that. Have a photo at home with him in front of one with flight deck crew at JFK. Everyone has enough scrambled egg on their caps to keep a short-order cook in business for a week.
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Can they do one in Imperial Airways livery too? Would look good in all-over silver with registration in large letters on top of, and underneath, the wings.
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Old 22nd Jan 2019, 16:57
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Originally Posted by scudpilot View Post
I believe that it's first planned flight is on the 19th, and by co-incidence I plan to be at LHR on that date. Would love to get some photo's of the takeoff.
Does anyone know which route this will be used on, and therefore take off time please?
Not seen any details announced in internal comms so far, if I was a betting man I’d put money on it being operated on one of the several JFKs that day.

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Old 22nd Jan 2019, 17:22
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Strictly speaking, to be a truly representative retro 747-100 it should start by sitting on the ground at LHR for six months
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Old 22nd Jan 2019, 17:41
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Are the company paying for this one or is it being painted for free by the staff again?
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...with concrete blocks instead of engines !
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...with concrete blocks instead of engines !
Spare engines for Pan Am and TWA to keep their show on the road, good solution for all involved including Boeing.
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Old 22nd Jan 2019, 18:34
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Would love to see them do one in BCAL livery. Also Dan Air would be nice to see for one last time.
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Old 22nd Jan 2019, 18:40
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Originally Posted by chopper2004 View Post

British Airways is to paint one of their fleet in BOAC retro colors

https://www.businesstraveller.com/bu...o-boac-livery/
Its going to be on a number of types
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Old 22nd Jan 2019, 19:00
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It's going to be on a number of types
Well two types, anyway: three B744s and one A319 (the latter presumably in either the BEA red square or Speedjack scheme).
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White Aircraft witj just the tail................................. seems to be de rigeur in IAG owned airlines now.
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Circa 1960's in-flight service with flight attendants dressed in period uniforms would be rather pleasant too!
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There is something rather nice about that livery.....if only they could put it on a VC10 too.
Just what I would wish for, probably give the noise measuring stations apoplexy too.
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Old 22nd Jan 2019, 20:49
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Would love to see them do one in BCAL livery. Also Dan Air would be nice to see for one last time.
That would need to be a DC10..the Queen..
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Old 22nd Jan 2019, 20:50
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G-ASGC, the Super VC10 at Duxford is in the BOAC Cunard version of that livery. There are several errors in the paint scheme compared to the original though. Lettering, shape of the 'Speedbird' emblem on the fin, thickness and sweep of the cheatline, etc.
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Old 22nd Jan 2019, 21:05
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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.
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