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Why Is G-VSHY Silver?

Tue Jul 23, 2002 6:08 am

Did Virgin change their color from white, or is it just for this plane?

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RE: Why Is G-VSHY Silver?

Tue Jul 23, 2002 6:11 am

Yes, Virgin's colourscheme was changed from the white fuselage to the grey/silver metalic look.
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RE: Why Is G-VSHY Silver?

Tue Jul 23, 2002 6:17 am

Thanks...I like it. It looks pretty sharp!
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RE: Why Is G-VSHY Silver?

Tue Jul 23, 2002 6:19 am

Virgin's fuselages are painted with a special paint which, due to its composition, seems to change hue in different light and when viewed from different angles.

A similar paint is/was offered by Ford on some of their cars in the US and Europe.

All Virgin repaints were done in a specially commissioned paint spray hangar in Amsterdam.

The scheme looks at its most silver on a grey London day. On a sunny day at altitude, viewed from the ground with a good telescope, it can look almost pure white but the most stunning way I have ever seen it is coming off the Atlantic into a winter sunrise over Ireland, when the colours reflected by the special particles in the paint gave a display of pinks, oranges, reds and blues which changed as the angle of the aircraft to the rising sun progressed from almost 180 degrees to around 80 degrees. Stunning.
 
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RE: Why Is G-VSHY Silver?

Tue Jul 23, 2002 6:37 am

Amazing shots, great job!
 
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RE: Why Is G-VSHY Silver?

Tue Jul 23, 2002 10:41 am

Does anyone know is the name has been offically changed to "Claudia Nine", instead of "Cloud Nine"?
 
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RE: Why Is G-VSHY Silver?

Tue Jul 23, 2002 10:45 am

They changed the scheme a few years ago !!
 
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RE: Why Is G-VSHY Silver?

Tue Jul 23, 2002 11:00 am

Eastcoast,

I don't know what happened there, when I was in the VS hanger on Sat, they had just applied the decals with the name "Madame Butterfly" to the a/c. If you look at the pic with S.R.B. (AKA - Boss  Laugh out loud ) in it, you can see where it says 'Cloud Nine' there is a rectangular section that is a slightly differant shade to the rest of the a/c. I'm not sure if this is a permanent name change or a temporary one. It took most of us by suprise when it was changed.

JFKTOWERFAN,

Where have you been ?? VS changed their livery from white to silver about 2 years ago, although there are still about 5 A343's in the old livery ( and boy do they look awful - the red has all faded and has all differant shades where various engine/tailfin panels have been replaced, and the white paint has loads of dirt all over it. ) The last B744 (G-VBIG) is at AMS at the moment for it's D-check and is being repainted and having the new IFE system,V-PORT installed at the same time as new seats in econ and premium.

I also heard that S.R.B. wasn't happy with the silver paint at first, as he expected it to look like the AA a/c do, don't know how true that is tho.

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RE: Why Is G-VSHY Silver?

Tue Jul 23, 2002 11:58 am

Leezyjet -

I need a favor. I'm having Bader Murad of Bader Models, build me VS's first A340-600. His models are built of mahogany wood and painted by hand to perfection.

I have provided the pics links to him to vierw the final paint scheme of VS's new A340-600. Since the name has not been finalized "Madame Butterfly", "Cloud Nine" or "Claudia None". Can you keep me informed of your finding, so I could pass the information to him.

Much appreciated!
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RE: Why Is G-VSHY Silver?

Tue Jul 23, 2002 7:29 pm

Hey Can anyone tell me who's Claudia ? Thanks !
 
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RE: Why Is G-VSHY Silver?

Tue Jul 23, 2002 7:33 pm


It seems like the grey that was used on Condor in the late 80s !!!
 
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RE: Why Is G-VSHY Silver?

Tue Jul 23, 2002 7:44 pm


Oxygen, it's Claudia Schiffer (or is it Claudia Vaughn now?).

The news service Ananova did a small report:

The world's longest passenger plane has made its first official flight after being given the seal of approval by Claudia Schiffer.

She signed the side of the giant plane before it took off, scribbling out its original name, Cloud Nine, and renaming it Claudia Nine.

As well as Ms Schiffer's signature the plane also has the legend "Mine's Bigger Than Yours" written on its side.

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RE: Why Is G-VSHY Silver?

Tue Jul 23, 2002 11:04 pm

Eastcoast,

Yes sure I will, I bet that's costing you a fair old bit. I'd like to see a pic of it when it's finished if thats possible.

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RE: Why Is G-VSHY Silver?

Tue Jul 23, 2002 11:07 pm

Silver:


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RE: Why Is G-VSHY Silver?

Tue Jul 23, 2002 11:25 pm

So is Claudia Schiffer a star ?
 
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RE: Why Is G-VSHY Silver?

Tue Jul 23, 2002 11:28 pm

Yes, Bader models are not cheap, but you will be amazed what people can do by hand. Simply amazing work!

Yes, I always take photos of my models, so I will display once I receive the model.

He has been asking for photos for the last week, so yesterday was very exciting to see the photos are starting to appear.

Thanks again!

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RE: Why Is G-VSHY Silver?

Tue Jul 23, 2002 11:40 pm

Oxygen,

She is one of the worlds most famous Super Models.

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RE: Why Is G-VSHY Silver?

Wed Jul 24, 2002 12:47 am

Leezjet, the G-VBIG left AMS last Saturday
 
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RE: Why Is G-VSHY Silver?

Wed Jul 24, 2002 1:00 am

Leezjet: you wernt wrong when you said some of the A343's in old c/s look awful!!!!!! Take a look at this poor bird.... Come on Dicky, get your mop out Big grin Big grin Big grin


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RE: Why Is G-VSHY Silver?

Wed Jul 24, 2002 1:31 am

I saw G-VSKY at LHR on my last visit, i got a pic of her on pp.net ... she is bogging, needs a good wash Big grin
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RE: Why Is G-VSHY Silver?

Wed Jul 24, 2002 1:51 am

LJ,

G-VBIG was on a test flight to NCL and is now back in AMS...due out next week I think.

Leezy,

I've sent u another email.....



Talking of models, apparently all the pax on the Farnboro trip on Monday got given a 1/400 VS A340-600 model. It says on the Dragon Wings site that it's a corporate release....hopefully they'll be sold in-flight (and in the staff shop) and won't just be a one-off release. Here's a link:
http://www.dragonmodelsltd.com/html/55451virgin346-1.htm

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RE: Why Is G-VSHY Silver?

Wed Jul 24, 2002 1:58 am

Did anyone see the photo of G-VSHY in today's (Tue 23/7) Daily Mirror newspaper (UK)? It shows an awesome shot of her flying over Hounslow (?) High Street or nearby on final approach to LHR. Unfortunately they didn't credit the photographer, hope they had permission to use the photo!
 
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RE: Why Is G-VSHY Silver?

Wed Jul 24, 2002 2:13 am

EGGD's post of the photos illustrate my point on how the paint changes colour in different lights brilliantly
 
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RE: Why Is G-VSHY Silver?

Wed Jul 24, 2002 3:58 am

You really have to see it, photos aren't a good indication of colour because of different film types, not producing true colours. So, go to an airport and see all the Virgin Aircraft, it looks more Silver  Smile
 
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RE: Why Is G-VSHY Silver?

Wed Jul 24, 2002 5:25 am

EGFF,

G-VSKY is a tough old bird, don't forget what happened to her, but she has seen better days.

LJ / Airchabum,

I saw the ACARS movement message for that AMS-NCL flt come thru on the telex printer, but just thought it was a spurious one so ignored it.
Got your e-mail now, sent a reply too.

Looking at that model, it's along the lines of the ones they sell in the staff shop, so I guess it will be putting in an apperance soon. When I was at BMI, all the staff got a model of the A332 when they launched it and the new colour scheme, we were told it was a limited release, but they have now made an apperance in the shops. I was speaking to the guy that owns that model shop in the Sheraton Skyline, and he said that VS won't give out a license to make models, thats why there are so few companies that produce them. He did say it was a real shame, as he said the poor quality plastic ones they do get go like hot cakes.

The shop on the roof of T2 is selling the VS 744/343 models for £40, that we get for a tenner in the staff shop. I think the guy in the shop must have a contact at VS thats making a nice little profit from them.


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RE: Why Is G-VSHY Silver?

Wed Jul 24, 2002 10:59 am

Yep, the model was announced today by Dragon Wings, as a Corporate Release



 
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RE: Why Is G-VSHY Silver?

Thu Jul 25, 2002 9:19 pm

Did anyone find out the aircrafts name for reg # G-VSHY?

"Madame Butterfly"
"Cloud Nine"
"Claudia Nine"
 
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RE: Why Is G-VSHY Silver?

Fri Jul 26, 2002 3:05 am

Has the VSHY definitely been painted with the same paint as the rest of the fleet? I've seen Virgin aircraft in all sorts of weather but I've never seen one looking that silver.

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RE: Why Is G-VSHY Silver?

Fri Jul 26, 2002 8:37 am

just depends on how the light is catching it, and don't forget that it's brand new. I'm sure that when G-VBIG comes back, it'll look all shiney in it's new paint job.

Eastcoast,

It's still in TLS, so don't know what's happening. Personally if it were me, I'd go with the Claudia/cloud nine that's shown at the start of the thread, it would be more unique then if the name does change back.

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RE: Why Is G-VSHY Silver?

Fri Jul 26, 2002 9:30 am

The aircraft have been painted Silver for over a year.
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RE: Why Is G-VSHY Silver?

Fri Jul 26, 2002 10:30 am

Leezyjet -

I was thinking the same!

Please keep me informed!

Thanks!

Ken
 
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RE: Why Is G-VSHY Silver?

Fri Jul 26, 2002 12:33 pm

So, looking at the threads that were deleted, I am still looking for clarification. When is this a/c coming to JFK. I can come Monday or Whenever this week. It'd be nice to see as well as meet a few anet members.

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RE: Why Is G-VSHY Silver?

Fri Jul 26, 2002 8:54 pm

She is do Monday, July 29th at 4:40pm
 
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RE: Why Is G-VSHY Silver?

Fri Jul 26, 2002 9:21 pm

The first revenue flt was supposed to be 29Jul but has been put back due VSHY having to return to TLS. Don't know when it'll be now but probably the first week of August.
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RE: Why Is G-VSHY Silver?

Fri Jul 26, 2002 9:33 pm


So can this special paint come in any colour.

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RE: Why Is G-VSHY Silver?

Fri Jul 26, 2002 11:24 pm

Guys, with regards to the start of A340-600 services to New York, Virgin have now decided to DELAY this service until the 1st of August when the aircraft will be operating as the VS9 from Heathrow to JFK!

 
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RE: Why Is G-VSHY Silver?

Fri Jul 26, 2002 11:30 pm

I'm sure Claudia Schiffer who signed the side of the giant plane before it took off, scribbling out its original name, Cloud Nine, and renaming it Claudia Nine, was the problem for the delay in service to JFK.

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