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Airlines Not Painting The Engines Of 737-200's...  
User currently offlinegilesdavies From United Kingdom, joined Dec 2003, 2985 posts, RR: 2
Posted (1 year 5 months 2 days 14 hours ago) and read 3199 times:

I've done a search and couldn't find anything, but was curious to know why many airline did not paint the engines of their 737-200's, and instead just chose to keep them in the metal silver finish.

I was just looking through a number of photo's and in my opinion, it really makes the engines look out of place against the nice livery of an aircraft. Once the 737-300 and new 737's come along this seem to no longer happen.

I suppose as a kid the airline that his stood out most on to me, was Britannia Airways... I always use to think the 737-200's looked out of place compared to the 757's and 767's that had the engines painted with the cheat lines.


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If there a technical reason why the JT8D engines were not painted by some airlines as I notice this is the same for some 727's and DC-9's? For example heat?

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User currently offlinespeedbird128 From Pitcairn Islands, joined Oct 2003, 1648 posts, RR: 2
Reply 1, posted (1 year 5 months 2 days 14 hours ago) and read 3199 times:

Quoting gilesdavies (Thread starter):
For example heat?

I think heat was the case... I only know of the -200ADV that had the intake part of the engine painted...

SA did it on all their B73S... The rear bit of the tailpipe however remained silver...

Just thinking back in my time in the PE tower as ATC, with the orangetail livery, they were entirely silver, to a point, then were changed...

First:


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And then...

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[Edited 2012-11-18 15:37:51]


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User currently offlineViscount724 From Switzerland, joined Oct 2006, 24080 posts, RR: 22
Reply 2, posted (1 year 5 months 2 days 14 hours ago) and read 3199 times:

Quoting gilesdavies (Thread starter):
If there a technical reason why the JT8D engines were not painted by some airlines as I notice this is the same for some 727's and DC-9's? For example heat?

I think it was just a question of the carrier's choice, like the rest of the livery. It was the same with 707 and DC-8. Some painted the engine nacelles and others didn't. DC-8-62/63 examples below.

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CP and JL (and original SAS livery) - not painted


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As a sidenote, the SAS DC-8-63 above was the last DC-8 built, delivered May 12, 1972.

With most current aircraft types I don't believe unpainted engine nacelles are an option.

[Edited 2012-11-18 15:53:30]

User currently onlinePolot From United States of America, joined Jul 2011, 2048 posts, RR: 1
Reply 3, posted (1 year 5 months 2 days 14 hours ago) and read 3199 times:

Quoting Viscount724 (Reply 2):
With most current aircraft types I don't believe unpainted engine nacelles are an option.

Most engine nacelles are composite now, so you have to paint them.


User currently offlineAA737-823 From United States of America, joined Mar 2000, 5639 posts, RR: 11
Reply 4, posted (1 year 5 months 2 days 13 hours ago) and read 3199 times:

It's not a heat issue- the cowl on a 737-200 doesn't really get very hot.
The JT-8D DOES, however, spew oil at an alarming rate; painting the cowl a light color really just makes the oil streaks stand out, even worse than unpainted cowls.
Delta and United painted theirs (in the final liveries, anyway). It's not that they can't be painted. It's just that many operators didn't bother.


User currently offlineYZFOO7F From Canada, joined May 2005, 158 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (1 year 5 months 2 days 13 hours ago) and read 3199 times:

I noticed recently that one of First Air's newly acquired 737-200s, C-GNDE, is painted white on only half of the nacelle. The half that you would see by looking at the plane from the outside is painted white and the half that you see from the window is bare metal.

Is that the case for other 732's that have painted nacelles? I can't think of a good reason for why they would do this.



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User currently offlinespeedbird128 From Pitcairn Islands, joined Oct 2003, 1648 posts, RR: 2
Reply 6, posted (1 year 5 months 2 days 12 hours ago) and read 3199 times:

Quoting AA737-823 (Reply 4):
It's not a heat issue- the cowl on a 737-200 doesn't really get very hot.
The JT-8D DOES, however, spew oil at an alarming rate

Ok so I now know about the heat.

But I definitely know first hand about the oil-spewing tendencies of the -8D! And of course the odd one detaching too!



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User currently offlinescbriml From United Kingdom, joined Jul 2003, 12040 posts, RR: 47
Reply 7, posted (1 year 5 months 1 day 15 hours ago) and read 3198 times:
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There are plenty of -200s with painted engines:

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User currently offlineGr8circle From Canada, joined Dec 2005, 3070 posts, RR: 4
Reply 8, posted (1 year 5 months 1 day 14 hours ago) and read 3198 times:

Back in the day, Indian Airlines as well as their subsidiary Allaince Air, both used to have unpainted silver engines on their 732s.....


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User currently offlinebohica From United States of America, joined Feb 2004, 2628 posts, RR: 0
Reply 9, posted (1 year 5 months 1 day 9 hours ago) and read 3198 times:

Quoting AA737-823 (Reply 4):
The JT-8D DOES, however, spew oil at an alarming rate; painting the cowl a light color really just makes the oil streaks stand out, even worse than unpainted cowls.
Delta and United painted theirs (in the final liveries, anyway).

Which is probably why UA painted the nacelles in the battleship livery. It helps to hide the oil.  


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