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User currently offlineAFa340-300E From France, joined May 1999, 2084 posts, RR: 25
Posted (15 years 6 months 5 days 11 hours ago) and read 1200 times:


Once the TACA Chairman explained why the airline paints it aircraft with red above the cockpit. IIRC he said that's because a bird with a strongly linked to his country (Guatemala?) has a read head.

Could anyone give me some more information about this please?

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Alain Mengus

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User currently offlineBlink182 From United States of America, joined Oct 1999, 5499 posts, RR: 14
Reply 1, posted (15 years 6 months 5 days 8 hours ago) and read 1163 times:

All I can say is that I really like it, I don't know why they did it though.

Give me a break, I created this username when I was a kid...
User currently onlineCV990A From United States of America, joined Sep 1999, 1479 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (15 years 6 months 5 days 2 hours ago) and read 1149 times:

Could the bird he's referring to be the Quetzacoatl? (sorry if I misspelled that- I'm not THAT kind of bird-watcher) I know it's the national bird of one of the Latin American nations- I think Guatemala.

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User currently offlineSn330 From Belgium, joined Nov 2004, 16 posts, RR: 1
Reply 3, posted (15 years 6 months 4 days 10 hours ago) and read 1129 times:

No, it can't be the Quetzalcoatl as the Quetzal is a magnificent shade of green. The Quetzal is the national bird of Mexico or Belize.

User currently offlineGyro From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 4, posted (15 years 6 months 4 days ago) and read 1110 times:

The red head on Grupo Taca's planes have nothing to do with national birds or even Guatemala for that matter. Bear in mind that Grupo Taca is the fusion of 5 Central American Airlines from 5 Central American countries (Costa Rica, Nicaragua, Guatemala, Honduras, El Salvador). Therefore they have 5 Parakeets (Macaws if I'm not mistaking...Any ornotologists out there???) on the tails of their planes and therefore they have the red head!!! I love their color scheme and the red head!!! It looks awesome on the B767, A300 (Cargo) A320, A319, 737-200, ATR42 and Cessna Caravans!!!

The parakeet idea was originally chosen from Taca Airlines and multiplied by 5 since it's a usual sight in all these countries...

BTW: Now there are also TACA Peru planes flying for Grupo Taca now...(A319's)

Look out for Grupo Taca Mr. Federico Bloch has big visions for the airline!!!!

User currently offlineMt99 From United States of America, joined May 1999, 6886 posts, RR: 6
Reply 5, posted (15 years 6 months 12 hours ago) and read 1093 times:
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I have a brouchre that says taht founder of TACA, guy from New Zeland, said his pilots flew like "Mawcaws" (ie, not in a straight line), that's teh reason for the company's logo and "red head"

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