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B-18722, Why Still All White?  
User currently offline413X3 From United States of America, joined Jul 2008, 1983 posts, RR: 0
Posted (3 years 8 months 1 week 1 day 7 hours ago) and read 7539 times:

Why has this never been painted? Because of the accident in manufacturing?


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User currently offlineCCA From Hong Kong, joined Oct 2002, 846 posts, RR: 14
Reply 1, posted (3 years 8 months 1 week 1 day 4 hours ago) and read 7338 times:

Possibly doesn't need a paint job yet. But if it's repainted in the future all white I'll guess it's because of the incident.

It's a shame no photos made it out of Boeing of the actual incident.

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User currently offlineKGRB From United States of America, joined Sep 2010, 721 posts, RR: 1
Reply 2, posted (3 years 8 months 1 week 1 day 4 hours ago) and read 7323 times:

Yeesh! I never thought I'd call a 747 'ugly,' but that one is damn close.

Quoting 413X3 (Thread starter):
Because of the accident in manufacturing?

Just curious, what was the accident?



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User currently offlineRobK From United Kingdom, joined Sep 2004, 3958 posts, RR: 18
Reply 3, posted (3 years 8 months 1 week 23 hours ago) and read 7079 times:

Quoting KGRB (Reply 2):
Just curious, what was the accident?

Front end blew off at the cargo door hinges when undergoing pressurisation tests in the factory.


User currently offlinesrbmod From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 4, posted (3 years 8 months 1 week 23 hours ago) and read 7046 times:

Quoting 413X3 (Thread starter):
Why has this never been painted? Because of the accident in manufacturing?

Looking at the comments in some of the earliest photos in the DB of this a/c, it may be because they've been trying to sell it ever since the a/c was repaired and delivered to them (I guess they saw the accident as being a bad omen.). By keeping it in an all-white livery, if they were ever able to sell it off, it makes it easier for the new owner to put a livery on it since many liveries are white. But considering this a/c has been in service with them for this long without finding a buyer, chances are that they'll never find one for it anytime soon, especially with so many cargo 747s and potential 747 conversion candidates in the desert that don't have an incident like this on their record.


User currently offlinejetfuel From Australia, joined Jan 2005, 2254 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (3 years 8 months 1 week 23 hours ago) and read 6986 times:

Asians are very superstitious


Where's the passion gone out of the airline industry? The smell of jetfuel and the romance of taking a flight....
User currently offlinetrex8 From United States of America, joined Nov 2002, 4883 posts, RR: 14
Reply 6, posted (3 years 8 months 1 week 19 hours ago) and read 6761 times:
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CI occassionally operates charters to countries which are sensitive to annoying the PRC by having any contact with Taiwan. Though CIs present colors do not have the ROC flag on it anymore this allows them some anonymity. This plane has also operated flights carrying military cargo from the US to Taiwan - they don't send SM2 or Hellfire missiles by Fedex or in a TEU container!

Interestingly CI passed off two of their older 744Fs to yangtze river express which they are part owners. You'd think they would try pass of this one if it was "spooked"!


User currently offlineCX flyboy From Hong Kong, joined exactly 15 years ago today! , 6642 posts, RR: 55
Reply 7, posted (3 years 8 months 1 week 13 hours ago) and read 5992 times:

This one was rumoured to be going to Oasis Hong Kong originally and some say that was the reason it wasn't painted.

User currently offlineupcfordcruiser From United States of America, joined Dec 2007, 106 posts, RR: 0
Reply 8, posted (3 years 8 months 1 week 12 hours ago) and read 5517 times:

We've seen her in Houston a number of times operating for the normal China Airlines Cargo flight, never knew she had such an interesting history though.

Photo I took of her departing way off in the distance about a year ago

http://www.flickr.com/photos/garretm...432051805/in/set-72157623618962594


User currently offlineMSPNWA From United States of America, joined Apr 2009, 2024 posts, RR: 2
Reply 9, posted (3 years 8 months 1 week 12 hours ago) and read 5510 times:

If would have told me about 5 years ago that the plane I was taking pictures of would still be white now, I wouldn't believe you. Hopefully that bird will see a proper paint job someday. It deserves it.

User currently offlinespudsmac From United States of America, joined Feb 2008, 309 posts, RR: 0
Reply 10, posted (3 years 8 months 1 week 9 hours ago) and read 4427 times:

Quoting RobK (Reply 3):
Front end blew off at the cargo door hinges when undergoing pressurisation tests in the factory.

Anyone have any photos?


User currently offlineAeroWesty From United States of America, joined Oct 2004, 20822 posts, RR: 62
Reply 11, posted (3 years 8 months 1 week 8 hours ago) and read 4065 times:

Quoting CX flyboy (Reply 7):
This one was rumoured to be going to Oasis Hong Kong originally

Can that be done with a 744 built as a freighter? Shorter upper deck, few windows, then converted to a full passenger model. Never heard of that before.

Or was Oasis going to have an all-frieght service running as well?



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User currently offlineCX flyboy From Hong Kong, joined exactly 15 years ago today! , 6642 posts, RR: 55
Reply 12, posted (3 years 8 months 1 week 5 hours ago) and read 3805 times:

Quoting AeroWesty (Reply 11):
Quoting CX flyboy (Reply 7):
This one was rumoured to be going to Oasis Hong Kong originally

Can that be done with a 744 built as a freighter? Shorter upper deck, few windows, then converted to a full passenger model. Never heard of that before.

Or was Oasis going to have an all-frieght service running as well?

It was for Oasis Cargo, which never actually started in the end. They were going to take a China Airlines 744F, then that changed to taking a Cargolux one, which is why (apparently) LX-PCV was painted in the all-grey colours.


User currently offlineunattendedbag From United States of America, joined Oct 2003, 2342 posts, RR: 1
Reply 13, posted (3 years 8 months 6 days 10 hours ago) and read 3469 times:

Quoting jetfuel (Reply 5):
Asians are very superstitious

indeed. You will notice, out of all of the China Airlines Cargo birds, there is not a single one with the number "4" in the registration.


from wikipedia:

The number 4 is often avoided. (Some buildings in Malaysia replaced "4th Floor" to 3A, and house address 44 and 4 to 43A and 3A.) The number "4" itself has a similar tone to the Chinese character for "death".

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Superstitions_of_Malaysian_Chinese



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User currently offlinetrigged From United States of America, joined Mar 2005, 540 posts, RR: 0
Reply 14, posted (3 years 8 months 5 days 15 hours ago) and read 3186 times:

Here are links to some of the discussions. I searched for them, hopefully this will make it easier for some to understand the incident.

RE: 747 Test Blows Nose Door (by Alexchao Mar 5 2006 in Civil Aviation)

http://www.seattlepi.com/business/ar...s-nose-door-in-Everett-1197536.php


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