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Was This *actually* Northwest's Colour Scheme?!?!

Fri Jun 23, 2006 1:40 am

I've seen this scheme a couple of times whilst browsing the DB.

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I always assumed it was a quick repaint/brushup after delivery from a previous airline, but this description seems to suggest it was actually a livery??


Looks a bit cheap/messy to me, I find it hard to believe it was actually a livery.....


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Fri Jun 23, 2006 1:43 am

Before the "Bowling Shoe" livery, this was a standard livery for the late 70's(?)/early 80's. The Northwest title has been changed from Northwest Orient, which was NWA moniker for quite some time.

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RE: Was This *actually* Northwest's Colour Scheme?!?!

Fri Jun 23, 2006 1:46 am

Quoting Lhrmaccoll (Thread starter):
Looks a bit cheap/messy to me, I find it hard to believe it was actually a livery.....

That was the standard NW Orient Scheme, and it looked pretty cool for its day.
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Fri Jun 23, 2006 1:58 am

Ahhh, I remember the old Northwest Orient titles, those were the days. It sounds so exotic....I have an old toy plane somewhere with those titles on it.
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Fri Jun 23, 2006 2:03 am

We only used to see the cargo 747s at Heathrow, but the colours were pretty cool back then. Along with Flying Tigers, these were my favourite cargo operator. Oh, and TMA!

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Fri Jun 23, 2006 2:05 am

Do a database search for Airline=Northwest and photo date = entire 70's and everything will look like that. I miss those -- spent so much time hanging around TPA in the early 80's and Northwest Orient was one of the highlights.

They even thought about continuing it with the A320, in gray:


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RE: Was This *actually* Northwest's Colour Scheme?!?!

Fri Jun 23, 2006 2:08 am

Quoting 3201 (Reply 5):
They even thought about continuing it with the A320, in gray:

The A320 never operated a pax service in this scheme...it was repainted before entering rev service.....too bad, it look great.

As stated, this was the Northwest Orient and then Northwest scheme for years, one of my favorites.
 
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Fri Jun 23, 2006 2:10 am

Here is N161US looking a little worse for the wear in her previous scheme:


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RE: Was This *actually* Northwest's Colour Scheme?!?!

Fri Jun 23, 2006 2:10 am

I remember the old titles, and even the advertising from before the changeover to just "Northwest": When I was much younger, I used to love seeing their big neon sign on one of the south hangars at DCA... "Northwest" in block text, with "Orient" in script.

From their advertising in the late 70's or early 80's:

"Northwest Orient Airlines... The World is Going Our Way" (sung with a large chorus and dramatic orchestration, of course)

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Fri Jun 23, 2006 2:18 am

We give you half the world.......at Northwest Orient!

That slogan went as soon as NW started service to Europe (with the most bizarre selection of routes to Scotland, Germany and Scandanvia).
 
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Fri Jun 23, 2006 2:21 am

Personally I've never been very fond of the pre-bowling shoe livery. The combination of bare aluminum, and the white/black cheatline doesn't look very good when it is dirty. In fact I think the planes almost always looked dirty.

when it comes to pre-bowling shoe colors I was always fond of the Northwest Cargo scheme.

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If you browse back even further you will see that the livery on the DC-10 was basically an evolutionary change from the first scheme put on the early Northwest jets. And frankly the basic design goes back even further to the propliners.
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RE: Was This *actually* Northwest's Colour Scheme?!?!

Fri Jun 23, 2006 2:27 am

I remember as a kid my Dad always had the radio on in the AM as he got ready for work, and Northwest Orient Airlines ran a ad every morning at roughly 7:04 AM and the ad ending with Northwest Orient - A-I-R-L-I-N-E-S with the emphasis on airlines.
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RE: Was This *actually* Northwest's Colour Scheme?!?!

Fri Jun 23, 2006 2:30 am

Quoting Luv2fly (Reply 11):
I remember as a kid my Dad always had the radio on in the AM as he got ready for work, and Northwest Orient Airlines ran a ad every morning at roughly 7:04 AM and the ad ending with Northwest Orient - A-I-R-L-I-N-E-S with the emphasis on airlines.

Don't forget the big gong strike between Orient and AIRLINES. There must be a .wav somewhere.  scratchchin 
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RE: Was This *actually* Northwest's Colour Scheme?!?!

Fri Jun 23, 2006 2:31 am

Quoting 3201 (Reply 12):
Don't forget the big gong strike between Orient and AIRLINES. There must be a .wav somewhere.

Now that you mention it, I remember it fondly! THANKS!
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RE: Was This *actually* Northwest's Colour Scheme?!?!

Fri Jun 23, 2006 3:43 am

Quoting DesertJets (Reply 10):
And frankly the basic design goes back even further to the propliners.

The "New Look" the scheme in question was introduced in 1969, and did not have any relation to previous designs, save for the red tail.
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RE: Was This *actually* Northwest's Colour Scheme?!?!

Fri Jun 23, 2006 3:52 am

The Orient was dropped in 1987 after the merger with Republic Airlines.....

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RE: Was This *actually* Northwest's Colour Scheme?!?!

Fri Jun 23, 2006 3:54 am

Are these NW Cargo 747's leftover from this livery, or is this something else?


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RE: Was This *actually* Northwest's Colour Scheme?!?!

Fri Jun 23, 2006 4:03 am

aaahhhh - a nice trip down memory lane... Thanks for that!  Smile
 
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RE: Was This *actually* Northwest's Colour Scheme?!?!

Fri Jun 23, 2006 4:56 am

Quoting Lhrmaccoll (Thread starter):
always assumed it was a quick repaint/brushup after delivery from a previous airline

I agree with you. When I first saw it (I wasn't around to remember when it was their current scheme) I always thought it was a transitional livery...it looked to me like they forgot to finish painting the aircraft. I'll admit it has grown on me, but I still think it's difficult to see just what they were going for. But I think it's that question of "what is this supposed to be" that makes it look exotic to me.
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RE: Was This *actually* Northwest's Colour Scheme?!?!

Fri Jun 23, 2006 5:00 am

I remember the first time I saw a Northwest Orient plane back around 1979 - a dirty tired looking DC-10 in that simple livery. I thought they were a freighter company to the Far East. It took me a long time after that to think of them as a regular airline - the simply blockiness just suggested freighter to me.
 
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RE: Was This *actually* Northwest's Colour Scheme?!?!

Fri Jun 23, 2006 5:35 am

Quoting Grantcv (Reply 19):
a dirty tired looking DC-10 in that simple livery.

Not much changed even with the 100 different paint jobs...dirty especially those DC9NG's!  airplane 
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Fri Jun 23, 2006 6:29 am

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RE: Was This *actually* Northwest's Colour Scheme?!?!

Fri Jun 23, 2006 6:45 am

I used to love Northwest Orient - the most glamorous airline out there - It ranked right up with the Orient Express (train that went across Europe) - there used to be fun and excitement when travelling. Now, we're on a big flying bus - whether it's an airbus (good name) or another plane - there's no glamour left - the dirty, the smelly, the broke - I feel for the older flight attendants who used to serve decent people.

Now, it's the 'others' and I'm not a snob, but I prefer the older days - let gate agents refuse boarding to people who are smelly, look crummy (no, if they are on a connecting flight from overseas, then let them go home) - but an idiot who thinks he's on a greyhound should ride here. give us some peace of mind please
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RE: Was This *actually* Northwest's Colour Scheme?!?!

Fri Jun 23, 2006 6:48 am

Quoting Nwafflyer (Reply 22):
I used to love Northwest Orient - the most glamorous airline out there

NW, the most glamourous? I don't even know where to begin with that!!!
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RE: Was This *actually* Northwest's Colour Scheme?!?!

Fri Jun 23, 2006 6:49 am

Quoting 3201 (Reply 5):
They even thought about continuing it with the A320, in gray

It looks like my old dead-in-the-driveway Chevy El Camino...mixed bag of paint and primer; a bit of red, a bit of grey, a bit of dulled chrome. Big grin
 
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RE: Was This *actually* Northwest's Colour Scheme?!?!

Fri Jun 23, 2006 6:56 am

DTWclipper - if you were old enough, you'd remember the great days of Northwest Orient. Sorry to remind you that you're young, but 20+ years ago, Northwest Orient was a great airline, and my personal hope is the NWA will be again
 
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RE: Was This *actually* Northwest's Colour Scheme?!?!

Fri Jun 23, 2006 6:59 am

Quoting Nwafflyer (Reply 25):
DTWclipper - if you were old enough, you'd remember the great days of Northwest Orient. Sorry to remind you that you're young, but 20+ years ago, Northwest Orient was a great airline, and my personal hope is the NWA will be again

Sorry, I flew NW in the 70's and I'm not sure what was glamorous about it. PA had style, and class, but not sure how flying between Billings and Pierre added glamour.

BTW, at 44, I haven't been called young in a long time...thanks.
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Fri Jun 23, 2006 7:05 am

DTW Clipper - I wish I were in my forties - but the glamour of Northwest Orient was not in the midwest hops, it was the international flights. Face it - there's no glamour today in flying from FNT to MSP - how could there be? The real fun of flying is the long trips (not the Greyhound emulation trips) and Northwest Orient did those well
 
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RE: Was This *actually* Northwest's Colour Scheme?!?!

Fri Jun 23, 2006 8:22 am

Quoting Nwafflyer (Reply 27):
there's no glamour today in flying from FNT to MSP

Better hurry on that one. It's getting the ziggy in July, according to my new flite
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RE: Was This *actually* Northwest's Colour Scheme?!?!

Fri Jun 23, 2006 8:26 am

Quoting Lhrmaccoll (Thread starter):
I find it hard to believe it was actually a livery.....

That was it for nearly 20 years...
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RE: Was This *actually* Northwest's Colour Scheme?!?!

Fri Jun 23, 2006 8:34 am

Quoting Rikkus67 (Reply 1):
this was a standard livery for the late 70's(?)/early 80's.

There were plenty around in the late 80s, too. I used to see that livery a lot at PIK on their DC-10s and 747s. I even flew on four DC-10s in that livery in 1988 when I did PIK-SNN-BOS-JFK and back (minus SNN).

Quoting Mainliner (Reply 18):
it looked to me like they forgot to finish painting the aircraft

I always thought they weren't quite sure what to do with the front end of the cheatline.  Smile
 
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RE: Was This *actually* Northwest's Colour Scheme?!?!

Fri Jun 23, 2006 8:42 am

You guys are all probably too young to remember the cool ads Northwest had with the upside down map of the United States.

The slogan? ..... "To get to Florida, fly Northwest"
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RE: Was This *actually* Northwest's Colour Scheme?!?!

Fri Jun 23, 2006 9:00 am

Quoting DC10Widebody (Reply 3):
Ahhh, I remember the old Northwest Orient titles, those were the days. It sounds so exotic....I have an old toy plane somewhere with those titles on it.

If it's an AeroMini diecast model of a 707, 727, or 747 you might want to know that they are highly prized and sought after by collectors. They show up on ebay from time to time, with certain models sometimes going for several hundred US dollars.
 
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RE: Was This *actually* Northwest's Colour Scheme?!?!

Fri Jun 23, 2006 9:08 am

Quoting Lhrmaccoll (Thread starter):
Looks a bit cheap/messy to me, I find it hard to believe it was actually a livery.....

I actually like te livery and i do miss it even though the current livery is cool too. Robert NWDC10
 
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RE: Was This *actually* Northwest's Colour Scheme?!?!

Fri Jun 23, 2006 9:42 am

Ah... The memories of childhood...

Northwest Orient radio jingle

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RE: Was This *actually* Northwest's Colour Scheme?!?!

Fri Jun 23, 2006 9:56 am

Hey, it's the red tail that makes NW. You can paint the fuselage whatever you like.



Quoting RC135U (Reply 32):
If it's an AeroMini diecast model of a 707, 727, or 747 you might want to know that they are highly prized and sought after by collectors. They show up on ebay from time to time, with certain models sometimes going for several hundred US dollars.

Wow...good to know. I had no idea. I've got five of those suckers I kept from when I was a kid (EA D8S, TW DC-9, BN 727, UA 737, AA 707).
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Fri Jun 23, 2006 10:05 am

Quoting Coronado990 (Reply 35):
Hey, it's the red tail that makes NW

Damned straight!


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Fri Jun 23, 2006 10:06 am

Quoting Luv2fly (Reply 11):
I remember as a kid my Dad always had the radio on in the AM as he got ready for work, and Northwest Orient Airlines ran a ad every morning at roughly 7:04 AM and the ad ending with Northwest Orient - A-I-R-L-I-N-E-S with the emphasis on airlines.

Bizarre. Hearing that ad, at that time every morning, while my dad made breakfast before I went to school is one of my earliest memories. You weren't listening to WBZ in Boston by any chance?
 
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Fri Jun 23, 2006 10:13 am

Quoting Hinckley (Reply 37):
Bizarre. Hearing that ad, at that time every morning, while my dad made breakfast before I went to school is one of my earliest memories. You weren't listening to WBZ in Boston by any chance?

Weird. That jingle was my 7:04 AM "alarm clock" every weekday morning. It came on after the 7:00 AM news update. Mom would crank the radio volume when the jingle played to get me up for school in the 1960's and early 1970's.

The station was WCCO-AM in Minneapolis.

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Fri Jun 23, 2006 10:18 am

Quoting AsstChiefMark (Reply 34):
Ah... The memories of childhood...

Northwest Orient radio jingle

Thank you so much for that great memory!!
 
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Fri Jun 23, 2006 10:39 am

Quoting Luv2fly (Reply 11):
I remember as a kid my Dad always had the radio on in the AM as he got ready for work, and Northwest Orient Airlines ran a ad every morning at roughly 7:04 AM and the ad ending with Northwest Orient - A-I-R-L-I-N-E-S with the emphasis on airlines.

Ah yes...I can remember getting ready for high school and listening on (NY) WCBS 880AM and this commercial would play. Another commercial that would play during my morning ablutions was "Pan Am...we fly..the world..the way the world wants to fly."

Good memories.

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Fri Jun 23, 2006 10:50 am

Remember when a 747 or DC10 was parked at every gate on the Gold Concourse (now "G" concourse) at MSP? They would also put a couple of 747's at the end of the Red Concourse (now "F" concourse). I counted 5 DC10's and 4 747's at one time years ago. The 747's were international and the DC10's were domestic.




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RE: Was This *actually* Northwest's Colour Scheme?!?!

Fri Jun 23, 2006 10:58 am

I wish I were old enough to remember those NW commercials. I'm 19 and have lived in the MSP TV/Radio market all my life (save for this past school year in PHX) and I do not recall ever hearing or seeing any NW commercials. In fact, I wouldn't even know NW's current slogan if not for seeing it on a boarding pass sleeve ("Now You're Flying Smart"). There are billboards near MSP off of 494, and that's it. But NW has still always been a big deal for us. When I was younger, it was always kind of a big deal when someone's mom or dad took NW for a business trip, and we always knew parents who worked for NW, etc. Now with NW in bankruptcy and everything it has lost its esteem, but I still feel a bit special when I get to go somewhere on NW. I don't remember ever seeing the 1970-1989 livery in person, and I don't remember Republic at all.

Actually, save for a couple of Sun Country commercials in 2000-2001, I don't recall ever seeing any airline commercials in the MSP area at all. In PHX, I have seen the newer UA commercials one or two times. There are many Mesa Airlines help wanted commercials, however... nowadays I see almost all airline ads in magazines and newspapers, which aren't too exciting though.
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RE: Was This *actually* Northwest's Colour Scheme?!?!

Fri Jun 23, 2006 11:01 am

Quoting AsstChiefMark (Reply 34):
Ah... The memories of childhood...

Northwest Orient radio jingle

Mark

Oh man, what great memories! My dad used to listen to that when he lived in LA and flew Electra's and 720B's for Western...
 
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Fri Jun 23, 2006 11:25 am

Oh, to be that young again that NW Orient is an unfamilar scheme!
 
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Fri Jun 23, 2006 11:26 am

Quoting 3201 (Reply 21):
This thread really wouldn't be complete without mention of these:

Yeah, the ugliest plane ever.
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Fri Jun 23, 2006 11:32 am

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Yeah, the ugliest plane ever.

Little tidbit of information, that plane is actually now in the HP Diamondbacks livery:


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Fri Jun 23, 2006 11:41 am

WCCO ... 7:00am was the CBS news, then the Northwest commercial, then Charlie Boone & Roger Erickson would sing the "Good Morning Song." As a kid I would wait for that and then get ready for school.

I remember the skits they would do about flying the Red Tail down to Bernadotte International Airport (a little strip in southern MN.)

My fondest memories though are waking up on a snowy day and listening to them read off the school closing announcements.

They don't make radio like that anymore, and we're poorer for it.

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Fri Jun 23, 2006 1:17 pm

what mushroom does "Lhrmaccoll" live under to not remember the old Northwest paint scheme...this was a classic...
 
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Fri Jun 23, 2006 1:20 pm

Oh how I remember "Northwest Orient (Gong) A-I-R-L-I-N-E-S!" I was a kid in the middle of the last century. Even in the San Francisco area and NW didn't even serve SFO then. Conex through SEA to the Orient. Attached picture is of a NW L-188 with the "Imperial" service logo on the tail. Used domestically, I think the Electra was an all first-class airplane. Imperial service was a domestic upgraded F service while on International flights (and to FL) and then became "Regal Imperial" service! And of course, "Royal Aloha Service" to HNL from SEA and PDX!

Ah, reminiscing......


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