highliner2
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US Airways 737s

Mon May 02, 2005 8:54 am

I've noticed a few of US 737s in a bare-metal scheme which as I understand it, is due to some sort of recurring AD? How many of US 737s are in this scheme, is it permanent? How come some but not all of their aircraft are painted (or rather, not painted) this way?

Thanks much,

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uswyjer
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RE: US Airways 737s

Mon May 02, 2005 9:02 am

If I remember the story correctly, the planes that are in the bare metal scheme were being taken in for repainting to the regular scheme, but the paint scrapers that were used chipped into the body too much for repainting; but US didn't want to take them out of service for an extended period of time. They're perfectly airworthy, but in the bare metal "USAirways.com" scheme for the time being.
 
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RE: US Airways 737s

Mon May 02, 2005 9:03 am

To entertain spotters.

One in bare metal is nicknamed ‘Rivets’ and rumored to be possessed.
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RE: US Airways 737s

Mon May 02, 2005 9:04 am

A maintenance center in Alabama used knives to strip the aircraft of paint. The FAA wanted to be able to check the integrity of the fuselage at regular intervals, so they told US Airways they would have to keep it in a bare metal scheme. So, instead of just keeping US Airways on the side, they added the US Airways.com slogan. Just marketing thinking fast on their feet!

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LGA777
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RE: US Airways 737s

Mon May 02, 2005 9:13 am

There are two in the scheme, N350US and N573US, there were originally going to be ten of these "silver birds" but I think it will just be these two.

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planefool1010
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RE: US Airways 737s

Mon May 02, 2005 10:19 am

It's not just the "USAirways.com" birds that are in bare metal. US has several old livery a/c flying around. When I worked there recently, I was told that funding had run short in getting them repainted. Some were going to receive the new livery in the heavy mx check, but I think US is skipping that now as well.
 
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RE: US Airways 737s

Mon May 02, 2005 11:29 am

Quoting FlyingTexan (Reply 2):
To entertain spotters.

One in bare metal is nicknamed ‘Rivets’ and rumored to be possessed.

You mean this:


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SonOfACaptain
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RE: US Airways 737s

Mon May 02, 2005 11:57 am

Quoting Planefool1010 (Reply 5):
It's not just the "USAirways.com" birds that are in bare metal. US has several old livery a/c flying around. When I worked there recently, I was told that funding had run short in getting them repainted. Some were going to receive the new livery in the heavy mx check, but I think US is skipping that now as well.

What planes are you talking about? All of US planes are painted in the current paint scheme or the "usairways.com" livery. The only planes that have old livery's is that of YV, and that is most def. not US. They unpainted planes at YV does however fit your story.

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FlyingTexan
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RE: US Airways 737s

Mon May 02, 2005 12:01 pm

Quoting Boeing73G (Reply 6):
You mean this:

Ship 573 is guily as charged!


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RE: US Airways 737s

Mon May 02, 2005 2:13 pm

SonOfACaptain,

 
DLKAPA
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RE: US Airways 737s

Mon May 02, 2005 2:18 pm

Quoting Planefool1010 (Reply 5):
Some were going to receive the new livery in the heavy mx check, but I think US is skipping that now as well.

Sorry but skipping heavy maintenance checks is more than just a little bit illegal.
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planefool1010
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RE: US Airways 737s

Mon May 02, 2005 2:23 pm

Quoting DLKAPA (Reply 10):
Some were going to receive the new livery in the heavy mx check, but I think US is skipping that now as well.

Sorry but skipping heavy maintenance checks is more than just a little bit illegal.

Honestly, do you really think I meant they were skipping the MX checks???? I meant they were forgoing the repainting during the MX checks!
 
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RE: US Airways 737s

Mon May 02, 2005 2:24 pm

Oh wow thanks for maybe saying what you mean the first time eh?
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planefool1010
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RE: US Airways 737s

Mon May 02, 2005 2:30 pm

SonOfACaptain,

I was referring to the following livery:
http://www.airliners.net/open.file/003127/M/

Has US painted all these now?
 
planefool1010
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RE: US Airways 737s

Mon May 02, 2005 2:33 pm

Quoting DLKAPA (Reply 12):
Oh wow thanks for maybe saying what you mean the first time eh?

And thanks for giving me the benefit of the doubt instead of automatically assuming a negative interpretation of what I wrote, eh.
 
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RE: US Airways 737s

Mon May 02, 2005 2:36 pm

Quoting Planefool1010 (Reply 14):
And thanks for giving me the benefit of the doubt instead of automatically assuming a negative interpretation of what I wrote, eh.

Jolly good then
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bennett123
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RE: US Airways 737s

Mon May 02, 2005 11:45 pm

I notice that both N350US and N573US are exPiedmont B737-301's, is there any connection.
 
A330323X
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RE: US Airways 737s

Mon May 02, 2005 11:46 pm

Quoting Planefool1010 (Reply 5):
It's not just the "USAirways.com" birds that are in bare metal. US has several old livery a/c flying around. When I worked there recently, I was told that funding had run short in getting them repainted. Some were going to receive the new livery in the heavy mx check, but I think US is skipping that now as well.

I hate to break it to you, but the last plane in the former bare-metal USAir livery was painted on April 19, 2003, over two years ago.
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planefool1010
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RE: US Airways 737s

Tue May 03, 2005 2:15 am

Quoting A330323X (Reply 17):
I hate to break it to you, but the last plane in the former bare-metal USAir livery was painted on April 19, 2003, over two years ago.

Thanks for the update on the painting of the old livery. Sounds like the only birds that are not in the current US Airways livery are the few that are sporting the USAirways.com special scheme. I am glad they finally got the fleet updated. Thanks.
 
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RE: US Airways 737s

Tue May 03, 2005 2:29 am

Quoting Planefool1010 (Reply 18):
Sounds like the only birds that are not in the current US Airways livery are the few that are sporting the USAirways.com special scheme.

And the ones in the Star Alliance livery, about 7 of them right now.
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RE: US Airways 737s

Tue May 03, 2005 3:25 am

Quoting A330323X (Reply 17):
I hate to break it to you, but the last plane in the former bare-metal USAir livery was painted on April 19, 2003, over two years ago.

Which aircraft (reg) had this honor?

Which aircraft (regs) are in STAR colors?
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RE: US Airways 737s

Tue May 03, 2005 3:48 am

The picture that was posted above is from 1998!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
 
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RE: US Airways 737s

Tue May 03, 2005 3:58 am

Quoting A330323X (Reply 17):
I hate to break it to you, but the last plane in the former bare-metal USAir livery was painted on April 19, 2003, over two years ago.



Quoting 727LOVER (Reply 20):
Which aircraft (reg) had this honor?

Good question. I'm not sure. A 737 no doubt. FWIW, I believe the first aircraft in the US Airways livery was B737-3B7 N521AU.

Quoting 727LOVER (Reply 20):
Which aircraft (regs) are in STAR colors?

Off the top of my head, A319s N700UW, N701UW, N702UW, N703UW, and B757-2B7s N620AU, N622AU, N623AU. Also a PSA CRJ-701 N708PS. There are eventually plans to paint 2 or 3 767s in the Star Alliance livery, and a few EMB-170s.
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RE: US Airways 737s

Tue May 03, 2005 5:40 am

Quoting FlyingTexan (Reply 2):
One in bare metal is nicknamed ‘Rivets’ and rumored to be possessed.

I don't know about possessed, but I can personally attest to the fact that N350US had Band-Aids holding shut one of the overhead compartments last May.
 
planefool1010
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RE: US Airways 737s

Wed May 04, 2005 1:50 am

Quoting PVD757 (Reply 21):
The picture that was posted above is from 1998!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Yes, you are correct. And the livery in that 1998 picture was still in service when I was at US at the end of 2002, and was also seen in CLT in 2003.

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