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Retro World Airways Livery?

Fri Sep 16, 2005 11:02 am


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Is World Airlines rolling back its' livery to the one in the early 80s? I like must say I prefer the "new" look better than the black logo and cheet lines.
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RE: Retro World Airways Livery?

Fri Sep 16, 2005 11:07 am

You know, I like the new look too, but I think its ok to have a few retro look
AC's. The MD-11 looks good in the retro paint.  Cool
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RE: Retro World Airways Livery?

Fri Sep 16, 2005 11:15 am

This was discussed here a while ago. Synopsis: They repainted one leased MD11 with a paint scheme very similar to that which was flown on their 727s during the end of the Vietnam war. World's aircraft were involved in some storied missions in that era, including The Last Flight From Da Nang, wherein Ed Daly, the airline's founder, Ken Healy, an esteemed captain, and others flew a stuffed-to-the-gills 727 back from Da Nang after taking off in gunfire from the taxiway, when a humanitarian mission went sideways as desperate South Vietnamese troops stormed and tried to board an airplane intended for children and other civilian refugees. They also were involved in Operation Babylift, trying to bring back South Vietnamese orphans caught in the maw of the advancing communists. To celebrate the anniversary of the humanitarian missions, World flew this repainted MD11 from California to Vietnam for a visit, joined by Healy (who is still alive), other flight crew from the time, and various American citizens who came here as Vietnamese refugees and orphans. I may have the details a bit off, but that's the gist of it. I understand that the a/c is presently expected to stay in this livery until it is returned to the lessor. It's a head-turner wherever it goes.

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RE: Retro World Airways Livery?

Fri Sep 16, 2005 11:17 am

The retro look was done for their "reflight" to Vietnam of "Operation Babylift". There's an article on it in the Airliners Magazine (Sept/Oct 2005).
The scheme is the same one that was on their DC-8-63CF that flew the original flight on April 2, 1975.
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RE: Retro World Airways Livery?

Fri Sep 16, 2005 11:21 am

Thanks for the info!

It brought back good memories from my childhood flying from HNL to OAK and LAX on family vacations. We bounce between World and Western.
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RE: Retro World Airways Livery?

Fri Sep 16, 2005 12:13 pm

Quoting HNL (Thread starter):
Is World Airlines rolling back its' livery to the one in the early 80s? I like must say I prefer the "new" look better than the black logo and cheet lines.

That's actually a dark blue - not black....and where are the cheatlines you speak of?  Smile

No plans to paint the fleet that way. 803 will be the only "retro bird" in the fleet.....unfortunately.

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RE: Retro World Airways Livery?

Fri Sep 16, 2005 12:15 pm

Quoting INTENSS (Reply 5):
That's actually a dark blue - not black....and where are the cheatlines you speak of?

Silly me - you are correct. I'm seeing things that are not there. I guess I really one one.
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RE: Retro World Airways Livery?

Fri Sep 16, 2005 2:42 pm

so it's already out in the old World livery! Now that is pretty. IM sure it looks stunning in person with that cheatline and polished fuselage. When seen in real life among todays "blah" looking planes that's going to be an attention grabber = )
 
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RE: Retro World Airways Livery?

Fri Sep 16, 2005 6:21 pm

Quoting MIAMIx707 (Reply 7):
so it's already out in the old World livery! Now that is pretty

It rolled out of the paint shop on May 24th.

A few examples:


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Pictures definitely don't do this plane justice.


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RE: Retro World Airways Livery?

Sat Sep 17, 2005 2:22 am

Quoting HNL (Thread starter):
Is World Airlines rolling back its' livery to the one in the early 80s?

Actually, the early 80s livery was slightly different (and quite nice):

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RE: Retro World Airways Livery?

Sat Sep 17, 2005 2:55 am

Quoting INTENSS (Reply 8):
Pictures definitely don't do this plane justice.

I can believe that.. it will definitely be appreciated by plane spotters when seen in person though. Sweet photos Rich  Smile

Quoting MakeMinesLAX (Reply 9):
Quoting HNL (Thread starter):
Is World Airlines rolling back its' livery to the one in the early 80s?

Actually, the early 80s livery was slightly different (and quite nice):

That's the one I really like, although the 1970's one on this MD11 is pretty sharp as well. Only 100 views on that DC-10 pic, definitely an injustice  Wink ...if World was still flying around in those c/s!
 
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RE: Retro World Airways Livery?

Sat Sep 17, 2005 7:14 pm

Quoting MIAMIx707 (Reply 10):
I can believe that.. it will definitely be appreciated by plane spotters when seen in person though. Sweet photos Rich

Thank you.  Smile

There are so many people that want to see this scheme carried on to the rest of the fleet, but alas, it is not to be. How unfortunate....


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RE: Retro World Airways Livery?

Sat Sep 17, 2005 10:46 pm

The retro-jet will be at BWI on Sunday 9-18, and again on Tuesday 9-20.
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