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Taca "red Head"

Fri Nov 24, 2000 5:14 am


Once the TACA Chairman explained why the airline paints it aircraft with red above the cockpit. IIRC he said that's because a bird with a strongly linked to his country (Guatemala?) has a read head.

Could anyone give me some more information about this please?

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RE: Taca "red Head"

Fri Nov 24, 2000 8:04 am

All I can say is that I really like it, I don't know why they did it though.
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RE: Taca "red Head"

Fri Nov 24, 2000 1:38 pm

Could the bird he's referring to be the Quetzacoatl? (sorry if I misspelled that- I'm not THAT kind of bird-watcher) I know it's the national bird of one of the Latin American nations- I think Guatemala.
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RE: Taca "red Head"

Sat Nov 25, 2000 6:01 am

No, it can't be the Quetzalcoatl as the Quetzal is a magnificent shade of green. The Quetzal is the national bird of Mexico or Belize.

RE: Taca "red Head"

Sat Nov 25, 2000 3:40 pm

The red head on Grupo Taca's planes have nothing to do with national birds or even Guatemala for that matter. Bear in mind that Grupo Taca is the fusion of 5 Central American Airlines from 5 Central American countries (Costa Rica, Nicaragua, Guatemala, Honduras, El Salvador). Therefore they have 5 Parakeets (Macaws if I'm not mistaking...Any ornotologists out there???) on the tails of their planes and therefore they have the red head!!! I love their color scheme and the red head!!! It looks awesome on the B767, A300 (Cargo) A320, A319, 737-200, ATR42 and Cessna Caravans!!!

The parakeet idea was originally chosen from Taca Airlines and multiplied by 5 since it's a usual sight in all these countries...

BTW: Now there are also TACA Peru planes flying for Grupo Taca now...(A319's)

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RE: Taca "red Head"

Wed Nov 29, 2000 4:08 am

I have a brouchre that says taht founder of TACA, guy from New Zeland, said his pilots flew like "Mawcaws" (ie, not in a straight line), that's teh reason for the company's logo and "red head"
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