PA101 From Germany, joined Jan 2005, 491 posts, RR: 1 Posted (8 years 1 month 3 days 13 hours ago) and read 2386 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?
Gigneil From United States of America, joined Nov 2002, 16347 posts, RR: 81
Reply 5, posted (8 years 1 month 3 days 12 hours ago) and read 2291 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.