VS744
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Whats With The Silver/metal Stripes?

Wed Oct 24, 2001 7:18 pm

I walk to the station each morning and overhead, the overnight a/c from across the pond, circle for finals to LHR. Each day, I usually see a couple of 744's and 777's etc, and I have noticed that some of them have metal coloured strips on the bottom. They stand out a lot against the blue of a BA or United a/c. These look like panels of some sort and are almost a third the length of the a/c.

Mostly, I see them on the 777's, and 767 a/c and I am baffled to what they might be?

they look like bomb doors on a bomber a/c...if you know what I mean.

Now im doubting that they are replacement panels - if they are....is there a problem with the panels on these a/c types?
 
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United_fan
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RE: Whats With The Silver/metal Stripes?

Wed Oct 24, 2001 8:02 pm

I believe they are vents that get masked off when the a/c is painted for ease of maintenance.
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VS744
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RE: Whats With The Silver/metal Stripes?

Wed Oct 24, 2001 10:18 pm

seriously?
 
Dalmd88
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RE: Whats With The Silver/metal Stripes?

Thu Oct 25, 2001 8:54 am

The bottoms of many airplanes are not painted. Hydraulic fluid tends to coat the underside and peels the paint off.
 
VS744
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RE: Whats With The Silver/metal Stripes?

Thu Oct 25, 2001 5:44 pm

Well these ones were painted!

Does anyone know what they are? Ground people???

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