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Whats With The Silver/metal Stripes?  
User currently offlineVS744 From United Kingdom, joined Aug 2001, 677 posts, RR: 1
Posted (13 years 2 days ago) and read 1281 times:

I walk to the station each morning and overhead, the overnight a/c from across the pond, circle for finals to LHR. Each day, I usually see a couple of 744's and 777's etc, and I have noticed that some of them have metal coloured strips on the bottom. They stand out a lot against the blue of a BA or United a/c. These look like panels of some sort and are almost a third the length of the a/c.

Mostly, I see them on the 777's, and 767 a/c and I am baffled to what they might be?

they look like bomb doors on a bomber a/c...if you know what I mean.

Now im doubting that they are replacement panels - if they are....is there a problem with the panels on these a/c types?

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User currently offlineUnited_Fan From United States of America, joined Nov 2000, 7507 posts, RR: 7
Reply 1, posted (13 years 1 day 23 hours ago) and read 1239 times:

I believe they are vents that get masked off when the a/c is painted for ease of maintenance.

'Empathy was yesterday...Today, you're wasting my Mother-F'ing time' - Heat.
User currently offlineVS744 From United Kingdom, joined Aug 2001, 677 posts, RR: 1
Reply 2, posted (13 years 1 day 21 hours ago) and read 1221 times:


User currently offlineDalmd88 From United States of America, joined Jul 2000, 2574 posts, RR: 14
Reply 3, posted (13 years 1 day 10 hours ago) and read 1176 times:

The bottoms of many airplanes are not painted. Hydraulic fluid tends to coat the underside and peels the paint off.

User currently offlineVS744 From United Kingdom, joined Aug 2001, 677 posts, RR: 1
Reply 4, posted (13 years 1 day 2 hours ago) and read 1139 times:

Well these ones were painted!

Does anyone know what they are? Ground people???

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