gilesdavies From United Kingdom, joined Dec 2003, 2883 posts, RR: 1 Posted (6 months 6 days 9 hours ago) and read 1895 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.
AA737-823 From United States of America, joined Mar 2000, 5341 posts, RR: 11 Reply 4, posted (6 months 6 days 8 hours ago) and read 1895 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.
YZFOO7F From Canada, joined May 2005, 157 posts, RR: 0 Reply 5, posted (6 months 6 days 8 hours ago) and read 1895 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.
bohica From United States of America, joined Feb 2004, 2411 posts, RR: 0 Reply 9, posted (6 months 5 days 4 hours ago) and read 1894 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.