usflyguy From United States of America, joined Jan 2012, 758 posts, RR: 0 Posted (1 year 11 months 1 week 5 days 15 hours ago) and read 1878 times:
I came across a photo of Southwest's N8305E during its first flight on the Pudget Sound - Boeing Test Flights blog, and it is unpainted and the engines are grey. In the past this has indicated that it will be a special livery as they're usually painted before their first flight... I think. Anyone have any details or ideas?
QANTAS747-438 From United States of America, joined Jan 2001, 1882 posts, RR: 2
Reply 4, posted (1 year 11 months 1 week 5 days 13 hours ago) and read 1640 times:
Quoting elbandgeek (Reply 3): Special schemes have grey winglets. This one has standard ones.
Short answer: no special scheme.
Correct. That's always the tell tale signs of a special paint job... the winglets will be grey. Also, I think Illinois One (N918WN) was painted somewhere in Louisiana, so another clue for the future might be if the plane is flown somewhere unique prior to delivery.
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