KC135TopBoom From United States of America, joined Jan 2005, 11909 posts, RR: 52 Reply 1, posted (7 years 5 days ago) and read 3549 times:
The USAF adopted the medium gray color for all of it's tankers and transports in the late 1980s. It does make the aircraft harder to see, visually, at altitude under most light conditions. At some airports, it also makes it more difficult to see on the ramp, from above.
Wingnut135 From United States of America, joined Feb 2005, 134 posts, RR: 0 Reply 9, posted (6 years 11 months 3 weeks 14 hours ago) and read 2899 times:
I remember seeing advertising (read Photoshop) from Boeing when they were trying to sell the BC-17X to the commercial cargo companies. It was in the former company colors (glad those are gone). Found this.
ZANL188 From United States of America, joined Oct 2006, 3372 posts, RR: 0 Reply 10, posted (6 years 11 months 3 weeks 3 hours ago) and read 2789 times:
Quoting RHAnthony (Reply 7): Anyone have pics of the one painted for hauling the whale? I'd like to see that.
I think F4wso is smokin' dope.. Very unlikely that USAF would have allowed one of their C-17s to be painted in UPS colors. Aside from which when that aircraft landed , with Keiko (not Keika) still aboard, they broke the gear and closed the runway for several days -- UPS would have been very unhappy with that kind advertising. My guys were TDY with the aircraft.
Quoting N328KF (Reply 8): Even the FMS C-17s have the same paint scheme.
The FMS C-17s are all US specs, which is why they take delivery so quickly and so relatively cheap. With the RAF lease/purchase deal there was also the possibility that their aircraft would return to the US fleet and so needed to be to a similar spec.