Broke From United States of America, joined Apr 2002, 1322 posts, RR: 3 Reply 5, posted (11 years 2 months 1 week 3 days 3 hours ago) and read 2722 times:
A wild guess on my part, but the appearance of the buff marks on the crown of the airplane would lead me to believe that this maybe an ex-TWA bird that was stripped and repainted in American colors. Usually planes that American bought have very polished skins because they never were painted. If this is the case; maybe the paint on the forward leftt wing fillet is just peeling off. It does look a little disconcerting though!
AA737-823 From United States of America, joined Mar 2000, 5547 posts, RR: 11 Reply 7, posted (11 years 2 months 1 week 3 days 2 hours ago) and read 2652 times:
Indeed, it is an ex-TWA plane, as you can tell by both the terrible looking buff marks (really, can't they do better than that?) and the more obvious Pratt and Whitney engines.
I think that the paint peeling is one possibility- the ex TeeDub planes seem to have terrible paint jobs, with letters falling off of the tails and whatnot. Also, I think the composite patch- job is another reasonable explanation- perhaps they patched it, but didn't have time to paint it afterward.
TrnsWrld From United States of America, joined May 1999, 840 posts, RR: 0 Reply 8, posted (11 years 2 months 1 week 3 days ago) and read 2496 times:
Yeah you guys have the right idea. Obviously the paint on the fuselage is stripped and polished. The area where you see the missing paint are areas where the paint does not get stripped for a repaint. So what you are actually seeing is the dark blue paint (which is the color of the bottom of the fuse of the newest TWA scheme) and not a crack like a few of you guys thought. It does appear that AA took the cheap route when it came to painting the TWA jets. I mean do some of you guys actually think that was a real crack and that plane would be flying like that? I dont think so. lol
Hope this helps,
Blink182 From Azerbaijan, joined Oct 1999, 5460 posts, RR: 18 Reply 10, posted (11 years 2 months 1 week 2 days 22 hours ago) and read 2370 times:
Maybe the AA paint crews wanted to scare somebody, when I first saw the picture, I thought the plane had to have flown through some VERY rough weather.
Anybody know why the crews do a bad job repainting the ex-TWA aircraft? It always seems as if the paint is peeling off. In regards to the buffing, I think this was the best the AA crews could do as you must recall that there was white paint there previously.
Give me a break, I created this username when I was a kid...
Exitrowaisle From United States of America, joined May 2000, 264 posts, RR: 0 Reply 13, posted (11 years 2 months 1 week 2 days 20 hours ago) and read 2274 times:
We have already established that it's an ex-TWA plane, but just another tip-off; note the small exit door aft of the wing. That's the TWA configuration. Original AA 757s don't have that, they have 2 overwing exits instead.