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Retro (3rd and final) B747-400 BA's "Landor" livery 1984-1997

Old 5th Mar 2019, 12:03
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Smile Retro (3rd of 4) B747-400 BA's "Landor" livery 1984-1997

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Old 5th Mar 2019, 12:19
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It's not the final one, nor even the final 747. There will be 4 retro schemed aircraft, so one more to come after the Landor - a 747 in the Negus & Negus livery.
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Old 5th Mar 2019, 14:54
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Originally Posted by DaveReidUK View Post
It's not the final one, nor even the final 747. There will be 4 retro schemed aircraft, so one more to come after the Landor - a 747 in the Negus & Negus livery.
Which Negus scheme, the original 74-81 one with 'British airways' on the upper front fuselage, or the revised 1980-85 one with the larger 'British' only on the upper front fuselage.....??
I would guess the former...?
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Old 5th Mar 2019, 15:34
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Which Negus scheme, the original 74-81 one with 'British airways' on the upper front fuselage, or the revised 1980-85 one with the larger 'British' only on the upper front fuselage.....??
I would guess the former...?
I would too - Negus & Negus probably disowned the latter ...
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Old 5th Mar 2019, 16:02
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I must say I'm sorry there's not to be a Speedjack (final BEA livery) among them.


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Old 5th Mar 2019, 17:02
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In my humble opinion after such amazing retros as BOAC744 and BEA319, this one will lack some interest and magic cause in the past we already had 744 in this Landor livery.
For instance if BA wanna paint an aircraft in classic Landor why not choose on an airplane that was not flying back in those days, such as the 787.
For Negus it makes sense cause if my memory serves me well only old&classic 747 were painted in Negus, not the 744...but painting a 744 in Landor, nahhhhh...but as i first said, only my personnal 2 cents.

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Old 5th Mar 2019, 22:07
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The Landor livery on a 787 would be interesting - because it would show how the extremely angular graphic design would not look good on an aircraft with so many smooth, continuous curves as the 787. Even the cockpit windows are curved on the new aircraft, so you don't get a straight line at the window opposing the straight line of the acute back-stroke of the front end of the cheat line.

In my opinion, the current BA livery ("Chatham Dockyard") works well on the newer aircraft with their larger curves - A380 and 787.

I do notice that BA are not choosing to resurrect the "Ethnic tails".
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Old 5th Mar 2019, 23:47
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I do notice that BA are not choosing to resurrect the "Ethnic tails".
Thank goodness for that!!
What an enormous mistake and cost not just in paint / loss of advertising the brand but also internally and bad publicity including
https://www.gettyimages.co.uk/detail...tage/815975322

Former Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher showed her displeasure at the designs by covering one of the new tailfins (Animals and Trees) on a model 747 with tissue paper. She declared, "We fly the British flag, not these awful things" in 1997. Thatcher also indicated with these fins the airline would lose its identity.

Are these the ten worse airline liveries ?
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Old 6th Mar 2019, 03:10
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I do not miss an opportunity to vote FOR the Ethnic tails. Inspired, brilliant and Unique.
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Not as nice as the trident in the old BEA scheme, nor the vanguard for that matter!
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Old 6th Mar 2019, 06:28
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I do not miss an opportunity to vote FOR the Ethnic tails. Inspired, brilliant and Unique.
They were indeed a brave and bold move, but perhaps not entirely appropriate to be revived as a "retro" scheme.
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I do notice that BA are not choosing to resurrect the "Ethnic tails".
They've already done that with the "Chatham Dockyard" design.
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Pity they don’t go a step further and dig out some of the old liveries of airlines that were absorbed into BA, but I guess they’d rather sweep those old ghosts under the carpet. Some of the airlines in the USA have done this in a nice nod to their heritage though.

Who wouldn’t love to see a BCAL 787, or a Dan-Air A320, or a Cambrian A319? Even the diamond-era British Midland livery would be nice to see again.
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Old 6th Mar 2019, 08:48
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Perhaps if we are going for the “ ethnic “ tails we could have the scheme featured on I believe NLZ affectionately known as 2 dogs f*****g!!
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Old 6th Mar 2019, 10:05
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Originally Posted by reverserunlocked View Post
Pity they don’t go a step further and dig out some of the old liveries of airlines that were absorbed into BA.
Haven't they done exactly that with the BOAC 747 and the BEA A319 ?

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I can remember a certain lady Prime Minister of the time tying a handkerchief around the tail of a model airliner to cover up an awful design ..... didn’t agree with her policies but certainly agreed with her on that ... circa 1997 I think.
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Old 6th Mar 2019, 14:37
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Genuine question.

Does any other airline have aircraft so old, they can paint a so called ‘retro’ colour scheme, on an actual airframe that was previously delivered wearing it?
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Originally Posted by Jackjones1 View Post
I can remember a certain lady Prime Minister of the time tying a handkerchief around the tail of a model airliner to cover up an awful design ..... didn’t agree with her policies but certainly agreed with her on that ... circa 1997 I think.
That was one of the “ethnic” tails derided, err, debated a few posts back.
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I loved the ethnic tails. It was brave and ground breaking. Sadly, mostly underappreciated and not understood.
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I loved the ethnic tails. It was brave and ground breaking. Sadly, mostly underappreciated and not understood.
I like the ethnic tails for the simple reason that they got me a ride on the flight deck. I was on a BA 757 when an announcement came on that the first person to nominate which ethnic tail this plane was wearing could join them on the flight deck. Pure luck - I got the right answer...
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