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What was the first NW plane to wear the Bowling Shoe colors?

Mon Mar 16, 2020 4:05 am

What was the first NW plane to wear the Bowling Shoe colors?
 
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Re: What was the first NW plane to wear the Bowling Shoe colors?

Mon Mar 16, 2020 4:25 am

I imagine it was a new delivery A320, although it could have been a new delivery B744.
 
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Re: What was the first NW plane to wear the Bowling Shoe colors?

Mon Mar 16, 2020 4:26 am

This is from memory,but I am sure it was a DC-9-50.
 
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Re: What was the first NW plane to wear the Bowling Shoe colors?

Mon Mar 16, 2020 4:35 am

It still amazes me to this day that they had an entire fleet emblazoned with "nwa". I mean they were truly progressive for their time!
 
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Re: What was the first NW plane to wear the Bowling Shoe colors?

Mon Mar 16, 2020 4:59 am

9w748capt wrote:
It still amazes me to this day that they had an entire fleet emblazoned with "nwa". I mean they were truly progressive for their time!

Plot twist Northwest Airlines was secretly owned by Dr Dre
 
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Re: What was the first NW plane to wear the Bowling Shoe colors?

Mon Mar 16, 2020 5:06 am

It was a DC-9 as far as I can remember, not sure which series. This was in 1989. I remember spotting in a paper magazine (at that time Internet did not exist) a picture of a Northwest DC-9 in the then new livery. On the other hand, when the first 747-400 and the first A320 were delivered, both in 1989 also, they each were still wearing the old Northwest Orient scheme with the solid blue cheatline.
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Re: What was the first NW plane to wear the Bowling Shoe colors?

Mon Mar 16, 2020 5:11 am

9w748capt wrote:
It still amazes me to this day that they had an entire fleet emblazoned with "nwa". I mean they were truly progressive for their time!


Not on the Bowling Shoe livery. Focus.
 
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Re: What was the first NW plane to wear the Bowling Shoe colors?

Mon Mar 16, 2020 7:25 pm

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Is this model of N661US inaccurate?
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Re: What was the first NW plane to wear the Bowling Shoe colors?

Mon Mar 16, 2020 7:26 pm

speedbird52 wrote:
9w748capt wrote:
It still amazes me to this day that they had an entire fleet emblazoned with "nwa". I mean they were truly progressive for their time!

Plot twist Northwest Airlines was secretly owned by Dr Dre


Diet Coke With Attitude. 169% better than the 'Shoe.
 
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Re: What was the first NW plane to wear the Bowling Shoe colors?

Mon Mar 16, 2020 8:02 pm

UA857 wrote:
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Is this model of N661US inaccurate?


No, N661US was indeed delivered in those colors. There are many images if you search. There was an A320 that also wore those colors.

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Re: What was the first NW plane to wear the Bowling Shoe colors?

Mon Mar 16, 2020 10:28 pm

SESGDL wrote:
UA857 wrote:
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Is this model of N661US inaccurate?


No, N661US was indeed delivered in those colors. There are many images if you search. There was an A320 that also wore those colors.

Jeremy


A320 had a gray top and bottom. Looked sharp. I don't think it ever entered service in those colors...?

I was living in Phoenix in 1989 when NW inaugurated the first 747-400 service worldwide, on the MSP-PHX route. I photographed said aircraft in the pictured colors a couple of times when I could get off work to be out there at flight time.

I flew PHX-MSP-PHX just this weekend (March 14-15, 2020), A321 outbound and purposefully on the 757-351 inbound so I could enjoy a 757 ride on my 757th logged flight. I spoke with a lady FA about my reason for flying this crazy day. She mentioned this was an ex-NW aircraft (of course I knew that) so I anecdotally mentioned seeing the NW 747-400s in PHX in 1989 after service inauguration.
AA AC AS BA BD BF BN BR(1) BY B6 CO CP(2) DG DL EA EI EN FL FT F9 HA HP ICX JI JQ J7 KE KL KS LH MC NW OC OO OZ(1) OZ(2) PA PI PT QF QQ RM RO RV(1) RV(2) RW SK SM SQ S4 TI TS TW UA UK US UZ VS VX WA WN WS W7 XV YV YX(2) ZZ 9K
 
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Re: What was the first NW plane to wear the Bowling Shoe colors?

Tue Mar 17, 2020 12:19 am

SESGDL wrote:
UA857 wrote:
Is this model of N661US inaccurate?


No, N661US was indeed delivered in those colors. There are many images if you search. There was an A320 that also wore those colors.

Jeremy


I know N662US and N663US wore those colors, but since 661 was a test aircraft (and delivered later)I thought it entered service in the bowling shoe livery. Can someone provide a photo of 661 in the 1970s colors?
This plane is built to withstand anything... except a bad pilot.
 
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Re: What was the first NW plane to wear the Bowling Shoe colors?

Tue Mar 17, 2020 1:00 am

The first aircraft presented in the bowling shoe livery was N622US, a 747-200.

While the 747 was the first to roll out in front of the press and employees, a DC-9 was the first painted. It was flown to Atlanta where the Northwest paint crew worked with Landor, in terms of title and symbol placement. CEO Steve Rothmeier wanted to see it on a full sized aircraft before signing off.

Fun fact, the original bowling shoe livery included grey engines for the under-wing engined aircraft. The grey engines showed up on 747s, DC-10s and A320s. The engines were later changed to white to match the lower fuselage.
 
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Re: What was the first NW plane to wear the Bowling Shoe colors?

Tue Mar 17, 2020 3:56 am

747-400:


A320:
 
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Re: What was the first NW plane to wear the Bowling Shoe colors?

Tue Mar 17, 2020 5:20 am

aeromoe wrote:

A320 had a gray top and bottom. Looked sharp. I don't think it ever entered service in those colors...?

I was living in Phoenix in 1989 when NW inaugurated the first 747-400 service worldwide, on the MSP-PHX route. I photographed said aircraft (*edit: 747-400) in the pictured colors a couple of times when I could get off work to be out there at flight time.

I flew PHX-MSP-PHX just this weekend (March 14-15, 2020), A321 outbound and purposefully on the 757-351 inbound so I could enjoy a 757 ride on my 757th logged flight. I spoke with a lady FA about my reason for flying this crazy day. She mentioned this was an ex-NW aircraft (of course I knew that) so I anecdotally mentioned seeing the NW 747-400s in PHX in 1989 after service inauguration.


"Said aircraft = 747-400, not necessarily N661US." Thanks to poster 'DL Mech' who clarified N661US was a test bird and eventually delivered in bowling shoe livery.
AA AC AS BA BD BF BN BR(1) BY B6 CO CP(2) DG DL EA EI EN FL FT F9 HA HP ICX JI JQ J7 KE KL KS LH MC NW OC OO OZ(1) OZ(2) PA PI PT QF QQ RM RO RV(1) RV(2) RW SK SM SQ S4 TI TS TW UA UK US UZ VS VX WA WN WS W7 XV YV YX(2) ZZ 9K
 
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Re: What was the first NW plane to wear the Bowling Shoe colors?

Tue Mar 17, 2020 6:50 am

The first several A320's were delivered in the late 60's Northwest scheme with gray top and bottom.

And the story on the DC-9 in ATL with Landor and Rothmeier is correct. There were some tweaks made following that first painting.

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