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Airlines Not Painting The Engines Of 737-200's...

Sun Nov 18, 2012 11:02 pm

I've done a search and couldn't find anything, but was curious to know why many airline did not paint the engines of their 737-200's, and instead just chose to keep them in the metal silver finish.

I was just looking through a number of photo's and in my opinion, it really makes the engines look out of place against the nice livery of an aircraft. Once the 737-300 and new 737's come along this seem to no longer happen.

I suppose as a kid the airline that his stood out most on to me, was Britannia Airways... I always use to think the 737-200's looked out of place compared to the 757's and 767's that had the engines painted with the cheat lines.


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If there a technical reason why the JT8D engines were not painted by some airlines as I notice this is the same for some 727's and DC-9's? For example heat?
 
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RE: Airlines Not Painting The Engines Of 737-200's...

Sun Nov 18, 2012 11:23 pm

Quoting gilesdavies (Thread starter):
For example heat?

I think heat was the case... I only know of the -200ADV that had the intake part of the engine painted...

SA did it on all their B73S... The rear bit of the tailpipe however remained silver...

Just thinking back in my time in the PE tower as ATC, with the orangetail livery, they were entirely silver, to a point, then were changed...

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RE: Airlines Not Painting The Engines Of 737-200's...

Sun Nov 18, 2012 11:43 pm

Quoting gilesdavies (Thread starter):
If there a technical reason why the JT8D engines were not painted by some airlines as I notice this is the same for some 727's and DC-9's? For example heat?

I think it was just a question of the carrier's choice, like the rest of the livery. It was the same with 707 and DC-8. Some painted the engine nacelles and others didn't. DC-8-62/63 examples below.

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CP and JL (and original SAS livery) - not painted


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As a sidenote, the SAS DC-8-63 above was the last DC-8 built, delivered May 12, 1972.

With most current aircraft types I don't believe unpainted engine nacelles are an option.

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RE: Airlines Not Painting The Engines Of 737-200's...

Sun Nov 18, 2012 11:47 pm

Quoting Viscount724 (Reply 2):
With most current aircraft types I don't believe unpainted engine nacelles are an option.

Most engine nacelles are composite now, so you have to paint them.
 
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RE: Airlines Not Painting The Engines Of 737-200's...

Mon Nov 19, 2012 12:39 am

It's not a heat issue- the cowl on a 737-200 doesn't really get very hot.
The JT-8D DOES, however, spew oil at an alarming rate; painting the cowl a light color really just makes the oil streaks stand out, even worse than unpainted cowls.
Delta and United painted theirs (in the final liveries, anyway). It's not that they can't be painted. It's just that many operators didn't bother.
 
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RE: Airlines Not Painting The Engines Of 737-200's...

Mon Nov 19, 2012 12:42 am

I noticed recently that one of First Air's newly acquired 737-200s, C-GNDE, is painted white on only half of the nacelle. The half that you would see by looking at the plane from the outside is painted white and the half that you see from the window is bare metal.

Is that the case for other 732's that have painted nacelles? I can't think of a good reason for why they would do this.
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RE: Airlines Not Painting The Engines Of 737-200's...

Mon Nov 19, 2012 12:58 am

Quoting AA737-823 (Reply 4):
It's not a heat issue- the cowl on a 737-200 doesn't really get very hot.
The JT-8D DOES, however, spew oil at an alarming rate

Ok so I now know about the heat.

But I definitely know first hand about the oil-spewing tendencies of the -8D! And of course the odd one detaching too!
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RE: Airlines Not Painting The Engines Of 737-200's...

Mon Nov 19, 2012 10:07 pm

There are plenty of -200s with painted engines:

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RE: Airlines Not Painting The Engines Of 737-200's...

Mon Nov 19, 2012 11:28 pm

Back in the day, Indian Airlines as well as their subsidiary Allaince Air, both used to have unpainted silver engines on their 732s.....


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RE: Airlines Not Painting The Engines Of 737-200's...

Tue Nov 20, 2012 3:56 am

Quoting AA737-823 (Reply 4):
The JT-8D DOES, however, spew oil at an alarming rate; painting the cowl a light color really just makes the oil streaks stand out, even worse than unpainted cowls.
Delta and United painted theirs (in the final liveries, anyway).

Which is probably why UA painted the nacelles in the battleship livery. It helps to hide the oil.  

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