Battleship Grey Birds are Still Out There

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  1. Explore
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    Yes, some of Stephen Wolf's butt-ugly gray United airliners have yet to be repainted. I just saw one take off.

    The new paint scheme can't come soon enough. Does anyone know how many grey airliners are still out there?
     
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    I'd rather have battleship grey than spiderweb white ;)
     
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    These are the biggest paint jobs given all the grey and blue that needs to be stripped off. I suspect there'll be a lot of them left flying when most of the rest of the fleet is repainted. These birds were at the back of the line for the last UA livery, so suspect they will be there now.
     
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    It's not even that they're ugly, it's that the battleship grey livery was replaced by the newer legacy UA livery in 2004. That's 7 years ago! To have that many planes that are still the old livery this long after a new one was introduced is just crazy. And there were far more of them (well over 100) even just earlier this year before a lot of them were repainted in merger colors.
     
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    I'd say most of the UA planes haven't had a good "bath" in maybe 8 years.
     
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    Aren't most planes repainted at their heavy c checks? How often does this happen on average?
     
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    On a normal schedule, yes. Right now during the rebranding, no.
     
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    I don't mind them because of the tulip on the tail...
     
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    Yeah, the chipped paint, oil stains, and faded letters are no big deal because a certain logo is still on the plane (albeit also faded and covered in hydraulic fluid).

    :rolleyes:
     
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    Was watching Bridesmaids on a recent flight. In the scene at the ficticious Wyoming airport they land at you see an old sunset stripe bird as the backdrop.

    Too bad they so quickly painted over those back in the day.

    But was on a UA 777 recently and got a kick out of the carpet on the wall of the bulkhead -- and seeing the still sunset glow brown/orange seats in coach. Didn't know that was still flying -- it's the UA I remember from the 80s!
     
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    I realize I am in the minority, and I also know that those birds are dilapidated, but there was a time when I found battleship grey quite stately. I've always preferred that color as noted above-thread to the white legacy UA birds. YMMV of course.:)
     

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