Some of you will have seen the Air New Zealand 'All Blacks' B747-400 about. Before the final design was finalised, there was much media interest and speculation about what the design would look like. One proposed design can be found at:
Personally, I think this looks awesome.
There were some reports in the press that Air NZ would not consider an all-black 747 because (1) the darker colours absorb too much heat and (2) black paint is heavier (!) Does this make any sense, or do you think it was simply a cost issue? Also, does anyone know of any real civil aircraft painted black?