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NWAs New Livery On The DC-10?  
User currently offlineJbmitt From United States of America, joined Jan 2002, 588 posts, RR: 2
Posted (12 years 12 months 20 hours ago) and read 5861 times:

Hello everybody.

I have a question for you guys, on Saturday Afternoon around 4pm I saw a Northwest plane over North Holland, on long departure out of Schipol. It appeared to be a DC-10, but I wasn't sure that any had been repainted. Does anybody know if this was one of the first ones repainted, or did I see a 747?


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User currently offlineN754pr From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 1, posted (12 years 12 months 18 hours ago) and read 5779 times:

DC-10 and a 747 are rather different, even at long range.

User currently offlineJbmitt From United States of America, joined Jan 2002, 588 posts, RR: 2
Reply 2, posted (12 years 12 months 15 hours ago) and read 5662 times:

I realize that they are totally different aircraft...the whole 3 engine vs 4 etc, etc, etc. To me it really looked like DC-10...and I would say that it was one, except I hadn´t seen anything here indicating that any had been repainted yet.

User currently offlineIndustrialPate From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 3, posted (12 years 12 months 15 hours ago) and read 5644 times:

No DC-10 or B742 have been painted, nor are their any immediate plans to do so.

User currently offlineCptkrell From United States of America, joined Sep 2001, 3220 posts, RR: 12
Reply 4, posted (12 years 12 months 12 hours ago) and read 5529 times:

If you for sure saw a DC-10 (viewing the right side of the airplane in flight from ground level), perhaps it was in NWA/KLM livery? The tail would be red and the KLM fuselage may visually "fade" into a silvery appearance from a distance, especially in hazy conditions.

Then, I don't know if this livery is still in operation. Just a thought...Jack

all best; jack
User currently offlineNwacrew From United States of America, joined Apr 2003, 311 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (12 years 12 months 10 hours ago) and read 5414 times:

Last Friday I worked flight #2 from Bangkok to Tokyo on our recently repainted 747-400. While I despise the big, black nwa on the fuselage, as well as the design team's unclear-on-the-concept northeast pointing compasses, the pearly silver paint is very attractive. Staring at the plane from the terminal at Narita (it had been dark when we boarded in Bangkok), I laughingly agreed when the captain commented "I think Mercedes offers this same color...".

User currently offlineAmerican 767 From United States of America, joined May 1999, 4638 posts, RR: 12
Reply 6, posted (12 years 12 months 10 hours ago) and read 5401 times:

No I don't think that special livery is till in operation. I just checked all NW DC-10 pictures taken this year 2003, there are about 100 of them, all of them show the current red and dark gray livery with the thin blue line getting ticker as you move towards the rear of the airplane. Like IndustrialPate says, no DC-10's have been repainted in the latest livery.
Chances are, Jbmitt, it was a DC-10 that you saw because Northwest flies them out a lot out of AMS. I'm sure it was wearing the livery I just described, from the ground you must have seen a white belly with the blue cheatline getting thicker, and white engine nacelles. Northwest will maybe repaint one DC-10 and one Classic 747 in the latest livery, not more, if they ever decide to introduce their new livery on those aircrafts.

Ben Soriano
Brussels Belgium

Ben Soriano
User currently offlineTimf From United States of America, joined Mar 2003, 989 posts, RR: 1
Reply 7, posted (12 years 12 months 5 hours ago) and read 5268 times:
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The Northwest/KLM combo DC-10 was repainted into standard (old) Northwest colors a while ago. I doubt any 747-200s will be repainted as Northwest seems to be retiring these aircraft faster than originally planned. I wouldn't be surprised to eventually see a DC-10 in new colors since they'll still be around for a few more years, but at the same time I could see Northwest getting away with not repainting any before they get retired.

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