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User currently offline777DadandJr From United States of America, joined Feb 2005, 1516 posts, RR: 12
Posted (9 years 7 months 3 weeks 4 days 4 hours ago) and read 2928 times:

With the proliferation of artistic aircraft livery, it made me wonder:

What was the first airline/airliner to be painted in such a way?

Braniff, maybe?

Anyone know? Pictures in the A.net database?

Thanks!

Russ


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User currently offlineGg190 From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2005, 160 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (9 years 7 months 3 weeks 3 days 12 hours ago) and read 2740 times:

Braniff had a DC-8 that was hand painted by Alexander Calder, an extremely colourful aircraft.

It was unveiled at the Paris airshow in 1973. Calder reputedly only finished painting it hours before it was unveiled.


User currently offlineFlick70 From United States of America, joined Sep 2004, 68 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (9 years 7 months 3 weeks 3 days 2 hours ago) and read 2601 times:

Braniff had a DC-8 that was hand painted by Alexander Calder, an extremely colourful aircraft.

It was unveiled at the Paris airshow in 1973. Calder reputedly only finished painting it hours before it was unveiled.


The DC-8 itself was not hand-painted by Calder. Calder painted a model and the crew used the dimensions to re-create the livery on the actual plane. Same goes with the Bicentennial 727.



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User currently offlineLongHauler From Canada, joined Mar 2004, 5051 posts, RR: 43
Reply 3, posted (9 years 7 months 3 weeks 2 days 15 hours ago) and read 2474 times:

Calder hand painted his original designs on the engines, the rest of the fuselage, wings and tail were painted by Braniff crew. As this paint faded/peeled several years later, the engines were repainted with slightly different designs by Braniff crew.


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User currently offlineCitationJet From United States of America, joined Mar 2003, 2444 posts, RR: 3
Reply 4, posted (9 years 7 months 3 weeks 2 days 14 hours ago) and read 2454 times:

Links to Calder's Braniff aircraft
http://www.braniffpages.com/calder/calder.html
http://www.braniffinternational.org/image/flyingcolors.htm
http://www.braniffpages.com/1965/1965.html



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