american762
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Pan Am 707 Livery Question

Sun May 21, 2006 9:49 am

Heres a 1960's Pan Am advertisement showing a Pan Am 707 with a "PSA Style" smile painted on the nose. Is this just advertising? Was there a specific few airframes used for the Round Trip flights, and if so, were they actually painted with the smile? Silly topic, but older ads are always interesting. Thanks in advance guys!  Smile
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RE: Pan Am 707 Livery Question

Sun May 21, 2006 10:00 am

I don't remember seeing any PA B-707s painted like that. But, there could have been some.
 
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RE: Pan Am 707 Livery Question

Sun May 21, 2006 10:04 am

Heya,

There are no photos in the DB of a PA a/c with that paint. So, i think it was probably made for Pan Am as an Advertisement stunt.

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RE: Pan Am 707 Livery Question

Sun May 21, 2006 10:06 am

I think it's just for the ad. No PA 707s ever had a smiley face, instead the area of the smiley in reality was a light metallic grey color until 1973/4.
 
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RE: Pan Am 707 Livery Question

Sun May 21, 2006 10:18 am

I just thought i'd ask. I would assume that Pan Am would be too classy for this, as they were not going for that type of look, but rather a very professional attitude that would make uneasy passengers feel secure in flying with the nations Flag carrier. Thanks anyways guys  Smile
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RE: Pan Am 707 Livery Question

Sun May 21, 2006 8:50 pm

Plus that Pan Am didn't advertize here one dedicated round the world trip (for which it would have been plausible they could paint a smile on that 707) but due to their multihop route network they could offer a tailormade trip to most places which you'd like to visit, with a combination of segments on different flights
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RE: Pan Am 707 Livery Question

Sun May 21, 2006 10:47 pm

Of course, they took advantage of an illusion. The black "smile" is actually the radome. It's likely that they mounted a spare or borrowed radome that was painted all black and then repainted their stripes. Someone probably walked around, notices that this looks like a smile and takes a photo that ends up on some executives desk. Voila, an advertisement opportunity is born.

The PSA smile was something actually painted on intentionally.
 
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RE: Pan Am 707 Livery Question

Mon May 22, 2006 4:07 am

Quoting 113312 (Reply 6):
The PSA smile was something actually painted on intentionally.

...after the execs saw the advertisment that the one aircraft was painted for. IIRC, originally the powers-that-be were strongly opposed to the concept.
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RE: Pan Am 707 Livery Question

Mon May 22, 2006 4:39 am

Quoting American762 (Reply 4):
I just thought i'd ask. I would assume that Pan Am would be too classy for this, as they were not going for that type of look, but rather a very professional attitude that would make uneasy passengers feel secure in flying with the nations Flag carrier.

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RE: Pan Am 707 Livery Question

Mon May 22, 2006 5:48 am

I think its just retouched for the ad. The radomes of PAs 707s (and 727s) at that time were painted grey in the area which appears black in the ad.
 
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RE: Pan Am 707 Livery Question

Mon May 22, 2006 8:17 am

This is not the radome, as the random lower portion of it was never painted black on a Pan Am 707 (except for the very tip). The only other time this was done was directly beneath the cockpit on the very first 747's. I guess to take away glare/heat from the cockpit. But no, it certainly was not an accident. It was either done purposely to look like a smile, or touched up on paper to look like a smile. They did not borrow a radome though.
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