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Question About AAs A300  
User currently offlinePA101 From Germany, joined Jan 2005, 491 posts, RR: 1
Posted (7 years 6 months 6 days 7 hours ago) and read 2145 times:

I don't know, whether this has been discussed before, but I always wondered, why in the older days, the American A300s always had an all grey paint scheme, instead of the typical bare metal scheme. I noticed that since the mid 90s or so, the A300s finally got an all metal scheme except for the tail fin too. Was there a special reason, why they were painted grey initially?

AA A300 in the late 80s


AA A300 today


[Edited 2007-04-21 09:03:49]

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User currently offlinePA101 From Germany, joined Jan 2005, 491 posts, RR: 1
Reply 1, posted (7 years 6 months 6 days 7 hours ago) and read 2139 times:

Hmm... since the links don't work, I'll do it again:

AA A300 in the late 80s:

Big version: Width: 640 Height: 414 File size: 64kb



AA A300 today:

Big version: Width: 640 Height: 437 File size: 130kb


User currently offlineFrancoflier From France, joined Oct 2001, 3790 posts, RR: 11
Reply 2, posted (7 years 6 months 6 days 7 hours ago) and read 2122 times:

I can see why they changed it to the bare metal livery...

That grey paint scheme is painful to look at!!  crazy 



Looks like I picked the wrong week to quit posting...
User currently offlinePA101 From Germany, joined Jan 2005, 491 posts, RR: 1
Reply 3, posted (7 years 6 months 6 days 7 hours ago) and read 2115 times:

Quote:
That grey paint scheme is painful to look at!!

I agree! But they had it like that - and just on their Airbusses - for years!


User currently offlineHNLDC10s From United States of America, joined Jul 2006, 19 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (7 years 6 months 6 days 6 hours ago) and read 2076 times:

American A300 Paint (by Juul Jan 14 2001 in Civil Aviation)

here's one old forum i found. i remember others

hope this helps. shelby


User currently offlineGigneil From United States of America, joined Nov 2002, 16347 posts, RR: 85
Reply 5, posted (7 years 6 months 6 days 6 hours ago) and read 2050 times:

It all has to do with insurance.

Airbus would not certify the Alclad exterior of the A300 without paint on it for several years... once they understood that it would be just fine polished, and not ruin anything, they agreed to allow it.

All done.

NS


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