Richiemo From United States of America, joined Jul 2008, 258 posts, RR: 0 Posted (6 years 8 months 2 weeks 6 days 14 hours ago) and read 4277 times:
Always wondered - why are the vertical stabilizers (tails) on the American 757s, 767s and 777s not the shiny silver the fuselages are.I know the tails need to be weighed exactly before they are put on the aircraft, that's why you can always tell the airline when one is still being built. But why don't they just leave the AA tails the original metal. Or is it not metal and thus wouldn't match. Always wondered. And the nose cone has the same issue.
JBo From Sweden, joined Jan 2005, 2473 posts, RR: 1
Reply 3, posted (6 years 8 months 2 weeks 6 days 7 hours ago) and read 4133 times:
Quoting AAR90 (Reply 2): I believe you answered your own question. The nose cone and vertical stabilizer outer panels are NOT metal.
If you look at photos of older aircraft operated by AA, the tails were indeed kept bare metal. However, over time, as increasing amounts of composite material were introduced, more grey patches kept popping up on the tail surface. Eventually, AA went ahead and painted all tails grey for greater consistency: