Friday, May 4, 2012

Silver Skin

For their entire history, American Airlines has always had a bare aluminum color scheme. The the almost-mirrorlike surface is polished to avoid corrosion. Today's photo shows the skin above the cockpit windshield, and the rivets that fasten the skin to the airframe.

1 comment:

JAM said...

This could be one of those "what is this a photo of" shots.

When I worked for Delta years ago, I worked in Atlanta with some guys who started out as "strippers," chemically stripping off old paint on Delta's jets before repainting.

They said the Delta paint scheme, which is still close to the old days, weighed hundreds of pounds. That's extra fuel burned with every flight just to look good.