Wjcandee From United States of America, joined Jun 2000, 4556 posts, RR: 17 Reply 2, posted (7 years 8 months 1 week 2 days 21 hours ago) and read 1798 times:
This was discussed here a while ago. Synopsis: They repainted one leased MD11 with a paint scheme very similar to that which was flown on their 727s during the end of the Vietnam war. World's aircraft were involved in some storied missions in that era, including The Last Flight From Da Nang, wherein Ed Daly, the airline's founder, Ken Healy, an esteemed captain, and others flew a stuffed-to-the-gills 727 back from Da Nang after taking off in gunfire from the taxiway, when a humanitarian mission went sideways as desperate South Vietnamese troops stormed and tried to board an airplane intended for children and other civilian refugees. They also were involved in Operation Babylift, trying to bring back South Vietnamese orphans caught in the maw of the advancing communists. To celebrate the anniversary of the humanitarian missions, World flew this repainted MD11 from California to Vietnam for a visit, joined by Healy (who is still alive), other flight crew from the time, and various American citizens who came here as Vietnamese refugees and orphans. I may have the details a bit off, but that's the gist of it. I understand that the a/c is presently expected to stay in this livery until it is returned to the lessor. It's a head-turner wherever it goes.
Blsbls99 From United States of America, joined Sep 2004, 345 posts, RR: 0 Reply 3, posted (7 years 8 months 1 week 2 days 21 hours ago) and read 1794 times:
The retro look was done for their "reflight" to Vietnam of "Operation Babylift". There's an article on it in the Airliners Magazine (Sept/Oct 2005).
The scheme is the same one that was on their DC-8-63CF that flew the original flight on April 2, 1975.
MIAMIx707 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 7, posted (7 years 8 months 1 week 2 days 18 hours ago) and read 1700 times:
so it's already out in the old World livery! Now that is pretty. IM sure it looks stunning in person with that cheatline and polished fuselage. When seen in real life among todays "blah" looking planes that's going to be an attention grabber = )