Its all about how you paint it!

March 8, 2010 at 3:52 am | Posted in 1 | Leave a comment

In light of the release of the new 787 liveries, I have decided to share a bit about paint and aircraft. Most of the aircraft you see flying around today are covered in custom liveries. Here is one of my favorites (although there are quite a few good ones).

So what is the big deal about paint and airplanes. Well for starters, paint has become a big issue in recent years as fuel prices have soared. Think about this, on average a large jet (such as the 787) required 475 pounds of paint! When you carry that extra weight around for a year it adds significantly to the fuel burn of the aircraft. Some airlines (i.e. American Airlines) have opted to go with a polished finish (no paint) in order to cut down on their fuel consumption. While shiny metal might not look as cool as paint, it sure does save fuel.

While we are on the subject of paint, check out some of the new paint schemes for the 787 and think about how much fuel is being burned just so your plane can look cool for the birds!


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