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World Airways "Retro" MD-11

Fri May 27, 2005 1:17 am

I was just driving past the cargo facility at ATL and saw a World Airways MD-11 in a "retro" paint scheme. I didnt see the reg, but it had a scheme similar to the old World B707 with the old logo on the tail as well. Anyone have any info on this?

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RE: World Airways "Retro" MD-11

Fri May 27, 2005 6:03 am

This is the a/c that will operate "Operation Babylift" next month returning 20 Vietnamese orphans back to Ho Chi Min City (Saigon) as part of the 30th anniversary of their historic last flight out.

The a/c is actually N803DE and will remain in that livery until its' return.

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RE: World Airways "Retro" MD-11

Sat May 28, 2005 4:29 am

Already a picture of it on another site (did a quick check here, no dice.):
WO MD-11 in 1970s livery

Looks great, perhaps WO ought to repaint all of their a/c in this scheme!
 
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RE: World Airways "Retro" MD-11

Sat May 28, 2005 4:36 am

Wow, what a blast from the past!
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RE: World Airways "Retro" MD-11

Sat May 28, 2005 4:51 am

That's beautiful! Gotta love the shiny metal underneath!!

How do they do that....make the metal look sooo shiny? Is it a super polish, or is it actually chromed, or painted???
 
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RE: World Airways "Retro" MD-11

Sat May 28, 2005 4:59 am

Wow! This brings back memories.
My first ever flight was a World Airways DC-10-30 BWI-OAK back in 1984. The a/c looked just like this.

Ahhh, sweet memories!

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RE: World Airways "Retro" MD-11

Sat May 28, 2005 5:02 am

Wow!,

thats the same livery(I believe) as the World Airways DC-8 I flew on from McGuire AFB, NJ to Mildenhall AB, UK in Dec 1977. Very cool!
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RE: World Airways "Retro" MD-11

Sat May 28, 2005 5:11 am

They should bring back the livery - its so much better than their current generic non-livery.

My one flight aboard a World Airways DC-10 is best left unremembered.
 
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RE: World Airways "Retro" MD-11

Sat May 28, 2005 5:32 am

Quoting Grantcv (Reply 7):
My one flight aboard a World Airways DC-10 is best left unremembered.

Care to expand, or is it too painful?  wink 

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RE: World Airways "Retro" MD-11

Sat May 28, 2005 6:11 am

That is much sharper looking than their current livery. Though I do prefer the red and gold livery they use to have.
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RE: World Airways "Retro" MD-11

Sat May 28, 2005 9:45 am

Quoting Srbmod (Reply 2):
Already a picture of it on another site (did a quick check here, no dice.):
WO MD-11 in 1970s livery

Ok, I'll bite ... how do you view that photo?

All I get is "connection refused" ... I've always gotten that for jetphotos.net

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RE: World Airways "Retro" MD-11

Sat May 28, 2005 11:53 am

My first widebody flight was back in 1983 on a World Airways DC-10 from EWR to LAX. I immediately caught the "plane" bug and became interested in commercial aviation. Before the trip on that magnificent bird I went to the local library and read everything on the DC-10 that I could find. To my dismay, I learned that the DC-10 had a checkered past with AA and THY having major crashes. Even after finding out about the DC-10's problems, it became my favorite aircraft.

Even with World's cramped seating (10 abreast) and lousy in flight service, I enjoyed the experience of flying.

It is nice to see this retro delivery and recall my first jumbo flight.
 
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RE: World Airways "Retro" MD-11

Sat May 28, 2005 12:00 pm

Quoting Litz (Reply 10):
Ok, I'll bite ... how do you view that photo?

All I get is "connection refused" ... I've always gotten that for jetphotos.net

Works fine for me, I just double checked.

And still no photo of it here.......
 
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RE: World Airways "Retro" MD-11

Sat May 28, 2005 12:19 pm

The old World Airways had gold as well???


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RE: World Airways "Retro" MD-11

Sat May 28, 2005 2:07 pm

They sure did:


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RE: World Airways "Retro" MD-11

Sat May 28, 2005 2:19 pm

Quoting ATCRick (Reply 6):
thats the same livery(I believe) as the World Airways DC-8 I flew on from McGuire AFB, NJ to Mildenhall AB, UK in Dec 1977. Very cool!

Dude...I also flew McGuire AFB to Mildenhall! It was in 1983 on a Global 707 with a stop in Gander. What was your routing?

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RE: World Airways "Retro" MD-11

Sat May 28, 2005 2:44 pm

They need to add the titles "WORLD" on the #2 nacelle to make it look authentic.
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RE: World Airways "Retro" MD-11

Sat May 28, 2005 4:12 pm

The photos above are from the 80s livery when they were actually doing LCC fares from HNL to the west coast. Which I had the pleasure of flying in 85.

The JetPhotos one is from the 70s Vietnam Conflict era. Way cool. Hope they keep it like that for a while.
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RE: World Airways "Retro" MD-11

Sat May 28, 2005 4:19 pm

Quoting WorldXplorer (Reply 8):
Quoting Grantcv (Reply 7):
My one flight aboard a World Airways DC-10 is best left unremembered.

Care to expand, or is it too painful?

Might be referring to a troop charter where he had to be deployed

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RE: World Airways "Retro" MD-11

Sat May 28, 2005 4:42 pm

My World Airway flights were JFK-ATH and IST-JFK in 1999 as part of a cruise I was on. My wife and I were in Business Class and the thing that amused me the most was the variety of other airlines that were represented; salt and pepper shakers from Lufthansa, carts from Aer Lingus, place mats from Delta; it was like taking 4 airlines at once. They showed film noir movies which may be the best inflight entertainment I have ever seen (since I missed the recent GIG-CDG AF flight of course.)
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RE: World Airways "Retro" MD-11

Sun May 29, 2005 12:43 am

Quoting Jetjack74 (Reply 16):
They need to add the titles "WORLD" on the #2 nacelle to make it look authentic.

The DC-10s didn't enter service with World until 1977; the World livery depicted on the MD-11 was the livery in use in 1975:

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RE: World Airways "Retro" MD-11

Sun May 29, 2005 1:41 am

So nice to see N803DE all spiffed-up and shiny again! I had the extreme pleasure of flying her from ATL to LGW in December '03 when she was still with Delta. I wondered what had happened to her...
 
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RE: World Airways "Retro" MD-11

Sun May 29, 2005 5:45 am

803 really looks great. Before I looked at the picture, I was hoping it was the livery I remember for the 80s w/ the red and gold, so I was a little disappointed with that. Either way, it's great that World has decided to fancy things up for a bit.

Hey, maybe someday we'll see these colors again too:


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RE: World Airways "Retro" MD-11

Sun May 29, 2005 8:50 am

Does anyone know if 803 will be painted back to normal boring World colors after the Special Flight to Vietnam or will it stay as RetroJet for an indefinate period of time ?

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RE: World Airways "Retro" MD-11

Sun May 29, 2005 9:42 am

Quoting Srbmod (Reply 20):
The DC-10s didn't enter service with World until 1977; the World livery depicted on the MD-11 was the livery in use in 1975:

It just doesn't look right on the DC10/MD11 w/o the "World" on the #2 nacelle, that's all i'm saying.
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RE: World Airways "Retro" MD-11

Sun May 29, 2005 11:55 am

Quoting Hawk44 (Reply 18):
Might be referring to a troop charter where he had to be deployed

Ahhhhhh. My bad - I should have thought of that. Duh  crazy 

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RE: World Airways "Retro" MD-11

Sun May 29, 2005 12:21 pm


Me at graduation for World Airways.
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RE: World Airways "Retro" MD-11

Sun May 29, 2005 2:15 pm

Quoting LGA777 (Reply 23):
Does anyone know if 803 will be painted back to normal boring World colors after the Special Flight to Vietnam or will it stay as RetroJet for an indefinate period of time ?

In the second post on this thread, Clipper002, who should know, said that it would remain in that livery until its return to the lessor. So we should see it around like that for a little while. (World isn't exactly overzealous in its repainting of aircraft, so that would have been my bet anyway...)


Best,

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PS By the way, I think it looks absolutely spectacular.


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RE: World Airways "Retro" MD-11

Tue May 31, 2005 1:15 pm

Any idea when there will be more photos of this beautiful bird up here on a.net?