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Here are the liveries in their full glory!

Here are the liveries in their full glory!

Yesterday I gave you guys what I thought was the ULTIMATE LIVERY TEST. Honestly, I wasn’t expecting many (if any) people to get them all right. I have once again underestimated some of my readers.

I got a lot of great feedback from people on this (even from those that didn’t win) that this was a fun competition. I also got suggestions  to do it over the weekend next time, since it took so much time to guess these (while at work). Either way, you can expect some more of these in the future.

#1 Northwest Orient DC-10 (I would also have accepted just Northwest). Photo by Savvas Garozis via Flickr.

#2 London City Airways or Eurocity Express de Havilland Canada Dash 7. Photo by shamu28 via Flickr.

#3 RenoAir MD-80. Photo by LeafsHockeyFan via Flickr.

#4 Trump Shuttle Boeing 727. Photo by Mark Kopczak via

#5 Dan-Air Boeing 737. Photo by jordi757 via Flickr.

#6 Unifly Express MD-80. Photo by Olaf Juergensmeier via

BONUS Hispania Sud Aviation Caravelle. Photo by Ian Jack via

I thought the Caravelle would be the hardest, since it is an old plane, but the livery looks pretty new age. However I heard from a lot of people that the Unifly Express was the most challenging.

Here are the uber airline livery nerds who emailed me all the correct answers. They will be mailed some cool stuff from me and from the Future of Flight (@FutureofFlight — Thanks Sandy):

* Alfred T.
* Patrick O.
* Chris J.
* Ron T.
* David R. ( — first one to get them all right!
* Liz M. (@ImperfectSense)
* Ben W. (@BenjaminWhalen)
* Gordon W. (@GordonWerner)

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ULTIMATE LIVERY CHALLENGE: Guess the retired liveries and win a prize!

Do you know these liveries?

Do you know these liveries?

I have had a few competitions before about airline liveries, but this time I am pulling out all the stops. I am making a contest, one I probably couldn’t even win. I am going to show you six 105 x 105  pictures of old airline liveries no longer used. It is your job to guess which airlines they belonged to AND what kind of planes they are (just the basic model ie “Boeing 747″ not “Boeing 747-300″).

I think I made this so difficult, I am willing to actually give prizes this time. I am not exactly sure what the prizes will be, but I will mail you something if you get all six right. I am determined to give away at least one prize. So even if you do not know all six, take a few guesses and the one with the most will win.

You can send them via Twitter, comments, FaceBook or email me at You have until 5pm PST Friday the 16th. Use any resources you wish.

Bring it on!

UPDATE: Future of Flight has stepped up and said they will help me with prizes of anyone who wins this. So far, no takers!

UPDATE2: I have 6 people who have all the liveries right. SUPER impressed. Still have until 5pm today the 16th to get your answers in!

PS: if you can tell me what airline and what kind of plane this livery is from…you win a super bonus prize (which, again, I have no idea what that will be)!

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Picture credits will be given with the answers (otherwise you could cheat)


FUN WITH PHOTOS: The Boeing 727 is the World’s Best-Selling Airbus

Boeing had this ad stating that the Boeing 727 is the best-selling air bus

Boeing had this ad stating that the Boeing 727 is the best-selling air bus

Yesterday I posted the corner of the ad showing “World’s best-selling airbus,” and asked what ad did it go to. A few people guessed (mostly via Twitter) that it was an Airbus A300, Boeing 737 or Boeing 747. Only two people (@CraigSymons and @SkippysCage) guessed it correctly: the Boeing 727. This was the best quality of the ad I could find and it is difficult to read the text, but I am pretty sure it says:

“More than 1,000 Boeing 727s have been sold to date. It is the best-selling jetliner in aviation history.

And it has been the best-selling jetliner during the past two years — the years when the new airbuses were supposed to dominate the industry.


Because the Boeing 727 is the original airbus.

It has the lowest investment, cost per seat of any airbus. And you can buy two 727-200s for the price of one of the bigger airbuses.

The 727-200 gives more flexibility than the bigger airbuses. Its capacity of 125, up to 189 (all coach), passengers makes it ideal for ??? on intermediate routes and in scheduled services where frequency is essential.

The 727s passenger appeal and operating reliability  and efficiency are well known. Everyday, Boeing 727s are earning profit for more airlines than any other jetline.

That’s why it is the world’s best-selling airbus.”

Obviously a  jab at the new Airbus Industry, but I find it quite humorous.

Thanks David for showing this to me!

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Fun With Photos: What is the original airbus?

What plane was the best-selling airbus?

What was the best-selling airbus?

This is a tag line from a magazine ad from the 1970’s. Anyone have any guesses which ad this might be from?

I will post the full ad tomorrow.

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Fun With Photos: Answers to Southwest Airline’s Hybrid Liveries

Here are the answers -- did you guess right?

Had a lot of great guesses from people on the photo livery quiz. You can see the answers above. Most people made the same mistake I did on the last one. I thought it was USAir, but if you look closely this was a bare-metal plane from American, with Southwest’s livery painted on it. You can read more about these planes and see larger photos on Southwest Airline’s blog.

Winners of being big airline livery nerds:
* TxAgFlyer
* DCSpotter
* Patrick Olave
* Unregistered user #473787 on the Seattle PI

Nice job folks. There were quite a few others that only got one wrong.

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