I was going to say that airplane must have been in storage, because AA paints the red stripe blue when they retire an aircraft. That airplane had the red strip painted blue, and there would have been no reason to paint it blue prior to painting the entire aircraft. Same goes for the tail, the AA logo was painted gray (with the exception of the rudder), again, something not necessary to do it they're painting the whole thing anyway. So yes, that airplane had to have been in storage. At any rate, N670AA is not among the active fleet, even now.
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mhkansan From United States of America, joined Jan 2010, 376 posts, RR: 1 Reply 7, posted (4 months 2 days 7 hours ago) and read 6153 times:
I bet N670AA was in storage, they had it repainted, and now the interior/exterior is getting fitted out.
Remember in the initial video, Tom Horton said the whole fleet was getting in-seat IFE? I wonder if they would refit the international 75Ls? They're slated for replacement eventually, but they'll be a part of the new American during the most critical phase of the roll-out.
The 757s are beautiful, amazing airplanes - though they're among the most outdated on the interiors.
I bet the thing rolls out after the 737 tour next week into revenue service ex-MIA or NYC.
So they either have some of the best CGI I have ever seen or they repainted an aircraft they were retiring for testing/marketing (making these videos) reason than painted over it (or kept it very well hidden/quiet).
JBo From Sweden, joined Jan 2005, 2279 posts, RR: 0 Reply 9, posted (4 months 2 days 6 hours ago) and read 6038 times:
Well the registration of N0427ZZ isn't even a legitimately fake US reg number (too many numbers). They may have pulled an aircraft from storage just to do a test paint before pulling an active-service aircraft off the line only to repaint it a solid gray. The trick would be if it's possible to locate 670AA and see if it's still parked somewhere.
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LONGisland89 From United States of America, joined Jan 2006, 634 posts, RR: 0 Reply 10, posted (4 months 2 days 6 hours ago) and read 5974 times:
Ah, the 757 mystery continues. For what it's worth, On Dec. 30th I saw a 757 parked over at the AA hangars on the West side of DFW with its red stripe painted blue. Its tail appeared exactly like it did in the above video (gray with only the rudder showing part of the red 'A').
Wingtips56 From United States of America, joined Dec 2010, 216 posts, RR: 0 Reply 13, posted (4 months 2 days 1 hour ago) and read 5311 times:
I wonder if they used a retired plane out in the desert to test different paint swatches, specifically the mica silver they ended up with. A year broiling in the desert is a good test for how the paint will hold up.
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teusje From Netherlands, joined Aug 2005, 6 posts, RR: 0 Reply 14, posted (4 months 1 day 15 hours ago) and read 3559 times:
Comparing the colors of the 757 in the video to N908NN, you can see they're not the same.
There's an additional red stripe on the lower part of the fuselage on the 757. This part is grey on N908NN.
So that's probably the paint N908NN is getting now.
A36001 From Australia, joined Sep 2012, 84 posts, RR: 0 Reply 15, posted (4 months 1 day 15 hours ago) and read 3521 times:
What is with the MD-80 with the three large circle on the forward fuselage that appears in the Youtube clip? And if they did painted a 757 to test the livery, how on earth did they keep that from getting out? I mean is it so easy to hide a Boeing 757?
egnr From United Kingdom, joined Feb 2004, 503 posts, RR: 0 Reply 17, posted (4 months 1 day 13 hours ago) and read 2842 times:
Quoting Wingtips56 (Reply 13): I wonder if they used a retired plane out in the desert to test different paint swatches, specifically the mica silver they ended up with.
Looking at the video, it seems they used the MD-80 referred to below to do that.
Quoting A36001 (Reply 15): What is with the MD-80 with the three large circle on the forward fuselage that appears in the Youtube clip?
Looks like colour testing to me: http://youtu.be/J-KD0PdI1Ek?t=2m3s Seems to be at least 2 different shades of base mica silver, and 2 different shades of grey for the titles in each of the areas marked off by white vertical lines.
Darksnowynight From United States of America, joined Jan 2012, 979 posts, RR: 1 Reply 18, posted (4 months 1 day 13 hours ago) and read 2746 times:
Quoting LONGisland89 (Reply 10): Ah, the 757 mystery continues. For what it's worth, On Dec. 30th I saw a 757 parked over at the AA hangars on the West side of DFW with its red stripe painted blue. Its tail appeared exactly like it did in the above video (gray with only the rudder showing part of the red 'A').
That thing is still over there??? Yeah, no, that's a bird that got hail-damaged pretty badly last year. I thought it had been there a while in July, just before I moved out west. Had no idea it was still parked over there. I don't think that wreck is our mystery bird here...
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