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  •  From the tower… (14+ / 0-)

    It took me a while, but eventually it became easy to tell the A-300 from the B-767. Maybe this will help the plane watchers who haven't figured it out, yet.

    On the A-300 (and Airbuses, generally) the top  of the fuselage stays straight all the way past the rudder. On a Boeing, the fuselage fairs down in the vicinity of the vertical fin, eventually zeroing with the similarly faired belly line in a blunt point at the aft end. Blunt point—that might be the most apt description.

    American Airlines paint livery was always a polished aluminum with painted trim. When they bought A-300s, the whole fuselage was painted a gray (grey, Shortfinals) color and then the same trim as the rest of the fleet. There was no mistaking it next to their other aircraft. Someone explained it to me once, but I can't remember—maybe it had something to do with the skin alloy.

    The "foreign" airliner in the livery of one of our national flag carriers annoyed me, too, so whenever I called traffic to someone when the traffic was an AAL Airbus, I always said, "traffic twelve o'clock, ten miles, westbound, an American Airbus, which is a contradiction in terms."

    •  OK, Rod, its like this... (4+ / 0-)

      Airbus could NOT guarantee to AA that all the skin panels would match as to orientation of grain, reflectivity, etc. It other words, as 'natural metal' they looked like a patchwork quilt!

      However, I understand that a) the appearance improved at every 'C' check (more stripping/polishing), and finally extensive work was done in 1995/6 to the whole fleet which makes them acceptable!

      'Per Ardua Ad Astra'

      by shortfinals on Wed Jan 30, 2013 at 08:36:03 PM PST

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