Category Special paint

“Hornet Zero One” Carries Canada 150 Color Scheme With It This Year

By: Category: AirshowsSpecial paint

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If you are anything like me, I enjoy seeing special paint schemes on fighter aircraft. Arguably, nobody is doing it better and more consistently than than the Royal Canadian Air Force (RCAF). Every year before the airshow season starts I anxiously await what supreme design will adorn the RCAF CF-118 known as ‘Hornet 01’. This years design theme is ‘Canada 150’ , a celebration of the nations 150th Anniversary of Confederation. The specially painted CF-118 Hornet features the official logo for 'Canada 150' placed throughout the design. The logo is composed of a series of diamonds, or “celebratory gems”, arranged in the shape of the iconic maple leaf...Read More

PERTH – SPOTTING FOR ANTONOVS!

By: Category: AirlinesAirports Around the WorldRoad tripsSpecial paintSpotting

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Photos and article by Dion Makowski

What, exactly, makes four guys from Melbourne, Australia (and one girl) fly to Perth, Western Australia to see one aeroplane? This is roughly the same distance as San Francisco, California to Austin, Texas. Spotters across the globe know the aeroplane in question, the 1988-built AN-225 Мрія, UR-82060 (Mriya in Ukrainian means Dream or inspiration) which is the World’s longest and heaviest aircraft yet built. Powered by six Ivchenko-Progress D-18 turbofan engines, it has the highest takeoff weight (at 710 Short Tons). The previous biggest aircraft, the Hughes H-4 Hercules or “Spruce Goose” did have a greater wingspan and overall height...Read More

Southwest Airline’s New Livery Scheme

By: Category: PHXSpecial paintSpotting

WN2   Canyon Blue (introduced on January 16, 2001) is synonymous with Southwest Airlines. Canyon Blue was the second iteration of the Southwest livery behind the original Desert Gold color scheme. It took nine years to have the whole fleet painted in the Canyon Blue scheme. While a striking change from the original Desert Gold coloration of the Southwest fleet, many noticed that the color would fade rather quickly. Making their planes look old and disheveled. Southwest also felt that the old color scheme was becoming dated and did not reflect their core values. In 2014 Southwest rebranded itself with its new Heart paint scheme. It was developed by firms GSD&M, Lippincott, VML, Razorfish, and Camelot Communications.1 They conducted focus groups of employees and consumers about the des...Read More

American Airlines Unveils First New Look Since 1968

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603040_10151199988816078_1830185650_n American Airlines is rolling out a new look for its aircraft, marking the first fleetwide change to its aircraft exteriors since 1968. The changes — which also includes a new company logo — bring a dramatically different look to American's planes, which for decades have been easy to identify by their simple, classic logos and polished metal exteriors. With all the chatting on all social media channels about how their thoughts on how bad the new livery looks. I for one am very happy with the new changes. Long live American Airlines. Keep up the good work on rebuilding a sleeping giant. Looking forward to see what other mind blowing changes you have to offer in the new future. Although if there is one thing I liked about the livery was the polished alumin...Read More