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Video: A Sun Country Boeing 737-800 Gets a Fresh Paint Job

This time-lapse from our friends at Jet Midwest offers a rare glimpse into the plane repainting process from start-to-finish. The clip begins with a Sun Country Boeing 737-800 (N804SY) landing at Kansas City International Airport. After a fast and furious time-lapse of less than five minutes, we witness what could easily be mistaken for a brand-new plane heading back to its home base in Minneapolis, MN (MSP).

At first, you see that the paint is noticeably weathered but still beautiful in its own right. In fact, I contend that the 12 year-old paint job, as-is, was arguably more attractive than a brand-new paint job with most of the larger airlines who sport “Eurowhite” liveries (can you tell that I do not like bland liveries?)

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The paint scheme that Sun Country planes sport is what many AvGeeks would refer to as a “jelly bean” livery; i.e. at the very minimum, a brightly-colored plane. There is however some dissent in the community that argues a true “jelly bean” requires that each plane be slightly different, for example the historic liveries of Braniff seen below.

Braniff British Aircraft Corporation BAC One-Elevens in Jelly Bean Livery. Photo by Kemon01 / Flickr CC.

Braniff British Aircraft Corporation BAC One-Elevens in Jelly Bean Livery. Photo by Kemon01 / Flickr CC

The similarity of Sun Country’s livery to that of Braniff might not be by mistake. According to Sun Country’s website the airline was founded in 1982 by a group of former Braniff pilots and flight attendants.

Within the aviation enthusiast community (more specifically among plane spotters), there is a passion for colorful and diverse liveries. We’re thankful to Sun Country for doing their part to brighten the skies.

For more about what goes down at Jet Midwest, check out the introductory post I wrote about them in July.

JL Johnson – Correspondent

JL is a twenty-something Sr. Business Analyst, semi-frequent traveler and lover of all things aviation. He's based in Lee's Summit, MO and attributes his love of aviation to his grandfather, a USAF Colonel who had him in "AvGeek training" before he could walk.

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