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User currently offlineHighliner2 From United States of America, joined Nov 2000, 696 posts, RR: 2
Posted (9 years 2 months 2 weeks 13 hours ago) and read 3620 times:

I've noticed a few of US 737s in a bare-metal scheme which as I understand it, is due to some sort of recurring AD? How many of US 737s are in this scheme, is it permanent? How come some but not all of their aircraft are painted (or rather, not painted) this way?

Thanks much,

-jlk


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User currently offlineUswyjer From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 1, posted (9 years 2 months 2 weeks 13 hours ago) and read 3596 times:

If I remember the story correctly, the planes that are in the bare metal scheme were being taken in for repainting to the regular scheme, but the paint scrapers that were used chipped into the body too much for repainting; but US didn't want to take them out of service for an extended period of time. They're perfectly airworthy, but in the bare metal "USAirways.com" scheme for the time being.

User currently offlineFlyingTexan From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 2, posted (9 years 2 months 2 weeks 13 hours ago) and read 3591 times:

To entertain spotters.

One in bare metal is nicknamed ‘Rivets’ and rumored to be possessed.


User currently offlineAa757first From United States of America, joined Aug 2003, 3347 posts, RR: 8
Reply 3, posted (9 years 2 months 2 weeks 13 hours ago) and read 3582 times:

A maintenance center in Alabama used knives to strip the aircraft of paint. The FAA wanted to be able to check the integrity of the fuselage at regular intervals, so they told US Airways they would have to keep it in a bare metal scheme. So, instead of just keeping US Airways on the side, they added the US Airways.com slogan. Just marketing thinking fast on their feet!

AAndrew


User currently offlineLGA777 From United States of America, joined Jul 2003, 1145 posts, RR: 20
Reply 4, posted (9 years 2 months 2 weeks 13 hours ago) and read 3550 times:

There are two in the scheme, N350US and N573US, there were originally going to be ten of these "silver birds" but I think it will just be these two.

Regards LGA777


User currently offlinePlanefool1010 From United States of America, joined Feb 2005, 14 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (9 years 2 months 2 weeks 11 hours ago) and read 3457 times:

It's not just the "USAirways.com" birds that are in bare metal. US has several old livery a/c flying around. When I worked there recently, I was told that funding had run short in getting them repainted. Some were going to receive the new livery in the heavy mx check, but I think US is skipping that now as well.

User currently offlineBoeing73G From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 6, posted (9 years 2 months 2 weeks 10 hours ago) and read 3317 times:

Quoting FlyingTexan (Reply 2):
To entertain spotters.

One in bare metal is nicknamed ‘Rivets’ and rumored to be possessed.

You mean this:


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User currently offlineSonOfACaptain From United States of America, joined May 2004, 1747 posts, RR: 6
Reply 7, posted (9 years 2 months 2 weeks 10 hours ago) and read 3258 times:

Quoting Planefool1010 (Reply 5):
It's not just the "USAirways.com" birds that are in bare metal. US has several old livery a/c flying around. When I worked there recently, I was told that funding had run short in getting them repainted. Some were going to receive the new livery in the heavy mx check, but I think US is skipping that now as well.

What planes are you talking about? All of US planes are painted in the current paint scheme or the "usairways.com" livery. The only planes that have old livery's is that of YV, and that is most def. not US. They unpainted planes at YV does however fit your story.

-SOAC



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User currently offlineFlyingTexan From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 8, posted (9 years 2 months 2 weeks 10 hours ago) and read 3246 times:

Quoting Boeing73G (Reply 6):
You mean this:

Ship 573 is guily as charged!


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User currently offlinePlanefool1010 From United States of America, joined Feb 2005, 14 posts, RR: 0
Reply 9, posted (9 years 2 months 2 weeks 8 hours ago) and read 3134 times:

SonOfACaptain,



User currently offlineDLKAPA From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 10, posted (9 years 2 months 2 weeks 7 hours ago) and read 3118 times:

Quoting Planefool1010 (Reply 5):
Some were going to receive the new livery in the heavy mx check, but I think US is skipping that now as well.

Sorry but skipping heavy maintenance checks is more than just a little bit illegal.


User currently offlinePlanefool1010 From United States of America, joined Feb 2005, 14 posts, RR: 0
Reply 11, posted (9 years 2 months 2 weeks 7 hours ago) and read 3103 times:

Quoting DLKAPA (Reply 10):
Some were going to receive the new livery in the heavy mx check, but I think US is skipping that now as well.

Sorry but skipping heavy maintenance checks is more than just a little bit illegal.

Honestly, do you really think I meant they were skipping the MX checks???? I meant they were forgoing the repainting during the MX checks!


User currently offlineDLKAPA From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 12, posted (9 years 2 months 2 weeks 7 hours ago) and read 3101 times:

Oh wow thanks for maybe saying what you mean the first time eh?

User currently offlinePlanefool1010 From United States of America, joined Feb 2005, 14 posts, RR: 0
Reply 13, posted (9 years 2 months 2 weeks 7 hours ago) and read 3096 times:

SonOfACaptain,

I was referring to the following livery:
http://www.airliners.net/open.file/003127/M/

Has US painted all these now?


User currently offlinePlanefool1010 From United States of America, joined Feb 2005, 14 posts, RR: 0
Reply 14, posted (9 years 2 months 2 weeks 7 hours ago) and read 3092 times:

Quoting DLKAPA (Reply 12):
Oh wow thanks for maybe saying what you mean the first time eh?

And thanks for giving me the benefit of the doubt instead of automatically assuming a negative interpretation of what I wrote, eh.


User currently offlineDLKAPA From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 15, posted (9 years 2 months 2 weeks 7 hours ago) and read 3084 times:

Quoting Planefool1010 (Reply 14):
And thanks for giving me the benefit of the doubt instead of automatically assuming a negative interpretation of what I wrote, eh.

Jolly good then


User currently offlineBennett123 From United Kingdom, joined Aug 2004, 7383 posts, RR: 3
Reply 16, posted (9 years 2 months 1 week 6 days 22 hours ago) and read 2954 times:

I notice that both N350US and N573US are exPiedmont B737-301's, is there any connection.

User currently offlineA330323X From United States of America, joined Oct 2003, 3039 posts, RR: 44
Reply 17, posted (9 years 2 months 1 week 6 days 22 hours ago) and read 2951 times:

Quoting Planefool1010 (Reply 5):
It's not just the "USAirways.com" birds that are in bare metal. US has several old livery a/c flying around. When I worked there recently, I was told that funding had run short in getting them repainted. Some were going to receive the new livery in the heavy mx check, but I think US is skipping that now as well.

I hate to break it to you, but the last plane in the former bare-metal USAir livery was painted on April 19, 2003, over two years ago.



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User currently offlinePlanefool1010 From United States of America, joined Feb 2005, 14 posts, RR: 0
Reply 18, posted (9 years 2 months 1 week 6 days 19 hours ago) and read 2785 times:

Quoting A330323X (Reply 17):
I hate to break it to you, but the last plane in the former bare-metal USAir livery was painted on April 19, 2003, over two years ago.

Thanks for the update on the painting of the old livery. Sounds like the only birds that are not in the current US Airways livery are the few that are sporting the USAirways.com special scheme. I am glad they finally got the fleet updated. Thanks.


User currently offlineA330323X From United States of America, joined Oct 2003, 3039 posts, RR: 44
Reply 19, posted (9 years 2 months 1 week 6 days 19 hours ago) and read 2761 times:

Quoting Planefool1010 (Reply 18):
Sounds like the only birds that are not in the current US Airways livery are the few that are sporting the USAirways.com special scheme.

And the ones in the Star Alliance livery, about 7 of them right now.



I'm the expert on here on two things, neither of which I care about much anymore.
User currently offline727LOVER From United States of America, joined Oct 2001, 6322 posts, RR: 17
Reply 20, posted (9 years 2 months 1 week 6 days 18 hours ago) and read 2702 times:

Quoting A330323X (Reply 17):
I hate to break it to you, but the last plane in the former bare-metal USAir livery was painted on April 19, 2003, over two years ago.

Which aircraft (reg) had this honor?

Which aircraft (regs) are in STAR colors?



Listen Betty, don't start up with your 'White Zone' s*** again.
User currently offlinePVD757 From United States of America, joined Aug 2003, 3411 posts, RR: 17
Reply 21, posted (9 years 2 months 1 week 6 days 18 hours ago) and read 2671 times:

The picture that was posted above is from 1998!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

User currently offlineA330323X From United States of America, joined Oct 2003, 3039 posts, RR: 44
Reply 22, posted (9 years 2 months 1 week 6 days 18 hours ago) and read 2655 times:

Quoting A330323X (Reply 17):
I hate to break it to you, but the last plane in the former bare-metal USAir livery was painted on April 19, 2003, over two years ago.



Quoting 727LOVER (Reply 20):
Which aircraft (reg) had this honor?

Good question. I'm not sure. A 737 no doubt. FWIW, I believe the first aircraft in the US Airways livery was B737-3B7 N521AU.

Quoting 727LOVER (Reply 20):
Which aircraft (regs) are in STAR colors?

Off the top of my head, A319s N700UW, N701UW, N702UW, N703UW, and B757-2B7s N620AU, N622AU, N623AU. Also a PSA CRJ-701 N708PS. There are eventually plans to paint 2 or 3 767s in the Star Alliance livery, and a few EMB-170s.



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User currently offlineVatveng From United States of America, joined Jan 2004, 949 posts, RR: 1
Reply 23, posted (9 years 2 months 1 week 6 days 16 hours ago) and read 2574 times:

Quoting FlyingTexan (Reply 2):
One in bare metal is nicknamed ‘Rivets’ and rumored to be possessed.

I don't know about possessed, but I can personally attest to the fact that N350US had Band-Aids holding shut one of the overhead compartments last May.



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User currently offlinePlanefool1010 From United States of America, joined Feb 2005, 14 posts, RR: 0
Reply 24, posted (9 years 2 months 1 week 5 days 20 hours ago) and read 1489 times:

Quoting PVD757 (Reply 21):
The picture that was posted above is from 1998!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Yes, you are correct. And the livery in that 1998 picture was still in service when I was at US at the end of 2002, and was also seen in CLT in 2003.


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