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User currently offlineAbleToFly From Denmark, joined Nov 2006, 118 posts, RR: 0
Posted (5 years 4 months 2 weeks 4 days 17 hours ago) and read 2604 times:

Hi.

I saw a picture of this new B738 with American Airlines, and I couldn't help noticing that the fairings and the nose and on some types, the tail section of the fuselage is painted in same grey color as the


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User currently offlineEMBQA From United States of America, joined Oct 2003, 9364 posts, RR: 11
Reply 1, posted (5 years 4 months 2 weeks 4 days 17 hours ago) and read 2574 times:

Because you can't polish composites.. most likely B707 Grey.. a very common and popular grey used in aviation

[Edited 2009-03-15 12:24:14]


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User currently offlineBMI727 From United States of America, joined Feb 2009, 15719 posts, RR: 26
Reply 2, posted (5 years 4 months 2 weeks 4 days 17 hours ago) and read 2536 times:



Quoting EMBQA (Reply 1):
Because you can't polish composites

Yep. Cant have polished metal where there is no metal. It will be interesting to see what AA does with their 787s here in a few years.



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User currently offlineAbleToFly From Denmark, joined Nov 2006, 118 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (5 years 4 months 2 weeks 4 days 16 hours ago) and read 2448 times:

Well, thank you both. Didn't really think of that as a possibility!

Quoting BMI727 (Reply 2):
Yep. Cant have polished metal where there is no metal. It will be interesting to see what AA does with their 787s here in a few years.

Very good point, you've got there!


User currently offlineB727 From United States of America, joined Oct 1999, 521 posts, RR: 2
Reply 4, posted (5 years 4 months 2 weeks 4 days 13 hours ago) and read 2271 times:



Quoting BMI727 (Reply 2):
Yep. Cant have polished metal where there is no metal. It will be interesting to see what AA does with their 787s here in a few years

Didn't The Airbus aicraft have painted farings, tails etc... when delivered originally?


B727
Glenn


User currently offlineLMP737 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 5, posted (5 years 4 months 2 weeks 4 days 12 hours ago) and read 2259 times:



Quoting B727 (Reply 4):
Didn't The Airbus aicraft have painted farings, tails etc... when delivered originally?

The A300's were painted nose to tail when first delivered. It was later on that AA striped and polished them


User currently offlineAbleToFly From Denmark, joined Nov 2006, 118 posts, RR: 0
Reply 6, posted (5 years 4 months 2 weeks 4 days 5 hours ago) and read 2028 times:

Why didn't Airbus deliver the A300 in the AA Colours??

User currently offlineLarshjort From Denmark, joined Dec 2007, 1434 posts, RR: 0
Reply 7, posted (5 years 4 months 2 weeks 4 days 4 hours ago) and read 1978 times:



Quoting AbleToFly (Reply 6):
Why didn't Airbus deliver the A300 in the AA Colours??

Because of the garanty Airbus required paint on top of the fuselage. When the warrenty expired AA stripped the planes of paint..

/Lars



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User currently offlineJBo From Sweden, joined Jan 2005, 2313 posts, RR: 0
Reply 8, posted (5 years 4 months 2 weeks 3 days 14 hours ago) and read 1795 times:



Quoting Larshjort (Reply 7):
Because of the garanty Airbus required paint on top of the fuselage. When the warrenty expired AA stripped the planes of paint..

/Lars

No.

It's because all Airbus aircraft are constructed with a bonded primer that does not allow for a bare-metal finish.

AA and Airbus worked together to form a solution to have a bare metal finish on the A300. I believe they just stripped the paint and primer, but then had to apply a special coating to prevent corrosion.

It's been a long time since I've read the official story behind this, but it's something to that extent. Has nothing to do with waiting for the warranty to expire.



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