Ual747 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Posted (10 years 9 months 3 weeks 3 days 14 hours ago) and read 2406 times:
Call it airliner kink if you will, but I LOVE a dirty plane. I can't really explain it, but there is something about seeing a big 747 with grease stained wings, rain trails down the side of the fuselage from the window seals, peeling paint, dirt trails caused by wind flowing down the side of the aircraft from places like the doors and cockpit window, and the "ring around the door" from the jetway touching the aircraft. It gives the aircraft the mystique of being flown to exotic places all over the world.
Demoose From Canada, joined Mar 2001, 1952 posts, RR: 23
Reply 2, posted (10 years 9 months 3 weeks 3 days 14 hours ago) and read 2063 times:
Always like seeing aircraft return from Hadj flights, particularly those belonging to the European charter airlines with their temporary logo's peeling off and dirt on every exposed bit of paintwork! They certainly look like they've been working hard and desperate for a nice wash!
AAnalyst From United States of America, joined Nov 2003, 136 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (10 years 9 months 3 weeks 3 days 14 hours ago) and read 2042 times:
I don't know...there's nothing like sitting at the Tom Bradley Terminal at LAX and seeing a bunch of beautiful, clean 747s and 777s, and then see an Air France 777 in the middle of them, looking like somebody has rubbed dirt all over it. I know that Air France gets a bad rap in these forums, but in all honesty, most of their airplanes are just freaking disguisting on the outside. I'll take a shiny one over a dirty one.....
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Gopal From United States of America, joined Jun 1999, 113 posts, RR: 0
Reply 7, posted (10 years 9 months 3 weeks 3 days 13 hours ago) and read 1814 times:
Is dirt in the wings and control surfaces (flaps and slats) a safety concern. Can it interfere with the smooth movement of these surfaces? I have noticed that the movement of the flaps is caused by rotation of a threaded rod on which the flaps are mounted. If these rods have dirt on them and are not properly greased, then flaps are can get jammed. The fact these dirty planes are flying safely probably means that the critical parts on the wings are always kept clean and lubricated.