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Whats With The Silver/metal Stripes?  
User currently offlineVS744 From United Kingdom, joined Aug 2001, 677 posts, RR: 1
Posted (12 years 10 months 1 week 5 days 1 hour ago) and read 1247 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, 7485 posts, RR: 7
Reply 1, posted (12 years 10 months 1 week 5 days ago) and read 1205 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 (12 years 10 months 1 week 4 days 22 hours ago) and read 1187 times:

seriously?

User currently offlineDalmd88 From United States of America, joined Jul 2000, 2544 posts, RR: 14
Reply 3, posted (12 years 10 months 1 week 4 days 11 hours ago) and read 1142 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 (12 years 10 months 1 week 4 days 3 hours ago) and read 1105 times:

Well these ones were painted!

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


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