Wednesday, June 21, 2006

25th Anniversary

You'll never get me to admit flying for the carrier whose livery is on this airplane, or flying the type of aircraft pictured, but you should check it out anyways. My initial reaction was "that's the coolest ugly paint scheme I've ever seen!" Or maybe it was "that's the ugliest cool paint scheme I've ever seen."

8 comments:

Anonymous said...

Perhaps it's just me, but my first thought on seeing the picture was "celebrating 25 years of losing baggage from aircraft in flight".

M.J.A. said...

Well ... depending on whether you see the glass half empty or half full - I'd have to say that it is the coolest ugly livery I've seen ... second only to Salmon-Thirty-Salmon.

Dave Starr said...

Paint schemes like this could lead to the NTSB having to add a new column under 'Probable Causes) ... pilot flew aircraft into ground intentionally due to extreme embarrassment. *sigh*. Only scheme I found less appealing was a goofy startup we had here in COS some years back whose first 73 was painted in the cloud scheme from the intro to "The Simpsons". After a few months in operation the reasoning was clear ... their CEO was Homer Simpson's "developmentally chellenged" brother. I can't confirm the rumor, but their ATC call wasn't "Speedbird" or "Cactus" or anyhting clever like that, it was "D-oh".

Thanks for the photo it serves as agreat example of how _not_ to paint an airplane.

Sam said...

Hey, I think Salmon Thirty Salmon is a good looking airplane! As it dang well *better* be, as $500,000 of your tax dollars went into that airplane.

Anonymous, the "streaming lost baggage" aspect crossed my mind as well. Of course, if your own luggage in those colors, losing it for you could be considered a favor [grin].

Lost Av8r said...

Well, conflicting traffic will have an easier time spotting that.

Anonymous said...

While a bit garish and unconventional at first take, I think it is a livery that will begin to grow on me. Doesn't help that the pictured airline is my favorite airline either :)

Anonymous said...

it's perdy on the outside, but I bet the lav's still full of poo.

Rugburn said...

Hey, I love that plane! I flew on it on July 21, 2007 to Edmonton when the CRJ we were supposed to take was declared defunct for the trip. We all christened it "The Party Plane" and off we went, in a hail of streamers, confetti, microbrew samples and cheap banana chips. But it climbed! It cruised! Hoi Polloi! 1 hour 40 minutes from SeaTac to Edmonton, I'm not complaining at all. I flew back on the 26th on a regular-liveried Q400. FL250, A microbrew, CDs of Humble Pie's "Fillmore" show and the Stones' "Satanic Majesties Request" on headphones and all's good.

It was my first time in a turboprop and I'm a believer now; Jets just aren't as fun! So I bought a model of the exact Q400 from Alaska/Horizon's store (It graces my PC desk, next to my Saitek yoke setup) and downloaded it for Flight Simulator 2004. Ausgezeichnet!

As far as losing baggage: Only Air Canada did that to me last November, from Calgary to Edmonton on the Q400's little brother, the Dash8-300. Had to happen eventually...