wilco
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Why Is It Called "Cheat Line"?

Thu Mar 04, 2004 7:31 am

Anyone know how the term "cheat line" originated?

Thanks in advance.
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Tango-Bravo
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RE: Why Is It Called "Cheat Line"?

Thu Mar 04, 2004 7:44 am

A "cheat line" is so-called because it was discovered that a horizontal stripe (or stripes) running the length of the fuselage would "cheat" the viewer into seeing an airliner appear to be longer (i.e. larger) and faster. It came into common use at the dawn of the jet age, when "faster and bigger" (or the perception thereof) were major marketing advantages for the regulated airlines.
 
cptkrell
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RE: Why Is It Called "Cheat Line"?

Thu Mar 04, 2004 8:09 am

I'm sure this has been discussed much in the past but I could not acquire any direct topic links. Tango-Bravo's explanation is as good as any I've heard (except to mention that stripes or cheatlines where actually the "graphic du jour" way before jetliners).

Aviation artist Mike Machat did an interesting article in "Airliners" magazine several years back titled "Mourning the Cheatline" that you may be able to access by searching. Regards...Jack
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MCIB757
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RE: Why Is It Called "Cheat Line"?

Thu Mar 04, 2004 8:15 am

Wilco, this is very off topic but did your username come form the band Wilco? I think there excellent, just had to ask you.

Tom
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wilco
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RE: Why Is It Called "Cheat Line"?

Thu Mar 04, 2004 8:24 am

Nope Tom... its cockpit talk for "will comply".

Never knew there was a Wilco band.... now I have to buy one of their tshirts!

Regards...
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oznznut
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RE: Why Is It Called "Cheat Line"?

Thu Mar 04, 2004 8:35 am

I think I read somewhere that the term came into being when the DC-6 entered service. The 6 had square windows. The older DC-4 had round windows. By painting a dark stripe down the window line, and then painting squares around the round windows, airlines flying the older aircraft could "cheat" their customers into thinking that they were boarding a newer aircraft. This is not probably true. But it made sanse to me.
 
MCIB757
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RE: Why Is It Called "Cheat Line"?

Thu Mar 04, 2004 8:41 am

Wilco, i figured it was an aviation term, but as i said before, i just had to ask. There a good band form Chicago, check them out sometime.

Thanks

Tom
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wilco
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RE: Why Is It Called "Cheat Line"?

Thu Mar 04, 2004 8:49 am

Oznznut.. thats a great story- anyone else heard that one?
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cptkrell
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RE: Why Is It Called "Cheat Line"?

Thu Mar 04, 2004 10:38 am

Oznznut; actually, your DC4/DC6 story is true (Capital Airlines, IIRC), but the jury is still out on whether that was the first use of the term. Another graphic "cheat" was painting black wing deicer boots on older a/c to "update" their appearance. Still another was to paint the port side of the aircraft in a different color/graphic than the starboard leading the casual observer with the implication that the fleet was larger than it actually was (Pennsylvania Air Lines ?). Rather comical in retrospect. Regards..Jack
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