I wish that DL's planes were flying around scuff-sanded..no, that is just the white paint worn off. Some of the planes have been flying around for ten years without a paint job. Delta is only painting one A/C at a time (all narrowbodies) while BFG (Tramco) is painting the widebodies and some 757's at Everett. There is a website on geocities that has fantasy paint schemes of which the DL L-1011 is one of them. Sorry, I dont have the URL but I will post it if I find it. I used to poke fun at how bad UAL's old planes looked while they were changing their livery but now DL's look just as bad. Has anyone noticed how quickly the stripes on UA's new livery fades? I was disappointed when I first saw DL's new livery, I thought Landor could do better considering the other schemes that they have done (Old BA, Varig, JAL and others). I wish I could've seen the designs that didn't make the cut..
This plane is built to withstand anything... except a bad pilot.