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Air Canada Rip-off Of Alaska Special Livery  
User currently offlineLindy field From United States of America, joined Mar 2001, 3138 posts, RR: 13
Posted (13 years 7 months 4 days 11 hours ago) and read 2491 times:
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Hopefully caught you with the title of the thread. I noticed among the uploaded photos today a photo of Alaska Airline's Seahawk 1 plane, a 727 painted in a derivative of their 1980s livery. It struck me that this livery might have been an inspiration for that pathetic Air Canada 767 special livery. Any thoughts?

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Also, does anyone know the story of Seahawk 1 and why it was given the special livery?

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User currently offlineAC_B777 From Canada, joined Aug 2000, 820 posts, RR: 13
Reply 1, posted (13 years 7 months 4 days 11 hours ago) and read 2414 times:

Air Canada did'nt make up this livery. It was created by one of Canada's native people.
I highly doubt that he "ripped" it off from Alaska.
Just my two cents.


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User currently offlineChrisair From United States of America, joined Sep 2000, 2233 posts, RR: 3
Reply 2, posted (13 years 7 months 4 days 10 hours ago) and read 2390 times:

Seahawk One was the charter aircraft for the Seattle Seahawks NFL team. It did see active service during the week. The inside was quite nice, and was outfitted with leather (or imitation) leather seats. I flew on it once, and it was a great flight...of course, that was in 'the good old days' (Hot meals on every flight etc...)

User currently offlineC172Akula From Canada, joined Mar 2001, 1011 posts, RR: 4
Reply 3, posted (13 years 7 months 4 days 10 hours ago) and read 2358 times:

I would hardly call the Air Canada livery "Pathetic". I think something simple and elegant like that eagle is the perfect addition to that aircraft, not all special paint schemes have to cover the entire or majority of the aircraft. As well the Native American paintings and totem poles of eagles and such all bear a similar resemblance, so I really doubt it was "ripped off".

User currently offlineYyz717 From Canada, joined Sep 2001, 16426 posts, RR: 55
Reply 4, posted (13 years 7 months 4 days 10 hours ago) and read 2354 times:

The AC special livery was designed by someone from the 6 Nations Native Reserve in SW Ontario. To encourage tourism to Canada.

Any similarity to Seahawk 1 is a mere coincidence.

Panam, TWA, Ansett, Eastern.......AC next? Might be good for Canada.
User currently offlineWoodsboy From United States of America, joined Mar 2000, 1032 posts, RR: 2
Reply 5, posted (13 years 7 months 4 days 10 hours ago) and read 2339 times:

I like the AC special livery and the only similarity between that and the Seahawk-1 livery is that it was a bird!

Seahawk-1 by the way wasnt always used to transport the Seahwaks, only when it fit into the schedule. It also didn't have a different interior than other 727s in the fleet. That particular a/c went on to serve with ATA (N776AT)and was retired in August of this year.

User currently offlineFlight152 From United States of America, joined Nov 2000, 3430 posts, RR: 6
Reply 6, posted (13 years 7 months 4 days 9 hours ago) and read 2308 times:

That is a image of an eagle (120X12 feet). It was designed by Arnold Aron Jacobs, he is a iroquois artist from the six nations reserve in Ontario. It is intended to highlight aborignal tourism. I could go on but, my point being that it is no copy!

User currently offlineAApilot2b From United States of America, joined Nov 2000, 578 posts, RR: 1
Reply 7, posted (13 years 7 months 4 days 7 hours ago) and read 2294 times:

Slightly similar by chance, but I don't think Air Canada stole any ones idea.

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