Often an airline will purchase or lease an aircraft from another airline and keep the majority of the previous livery until it is re-painted or the lease is over. The result is a mixture of two airline liveries and are treasures of airline nerds. Southwest Airlines recently took a look back at some of interim liveries of the past. I thought it would be interesting to see who can match the livery with the previous airline the aircraft was with.

Without cheating, how many liveries can you match with the previous airline? It is ok to guess and be wrong (I guess one wrong myself — oops)

PLANE #1: This Boeing 737-2T4 photo was taken in 1991

PLANE #1: This Boeing 737-200 photo was taken in 1991

PLANE #2 This Boeing 737-2T4 was first leased in 1983, then purchased by Southwest in 1984

PLANE #2: This Boeing 737-200 was first leased in 1983, then purchased by Southwest in 1984

This Boeing 737-200 was leased by Southwest for about a year in 1987-88

PLANE #3 This Boeing 737-200 was leased by Southwest for about a year in 1987-88

Plane #4: This Boeing 737-200 is unique not having the white "Southwest" on the tail due to the tail being white

Plane #4: This Boeing 737-200 is unique not having the white "Southwest" on the tail due to the tail being white

Plane #5: This Boeing 737-300 is pretty tricky

Plane #5: This Boeing 737-300 is pretty tricky (and the one I missed)

I will give you the weekend to guess in the comments and on Monday I will reveal the answers. Prizes? I will give you a shout out and you will have the satisfaction of being a true airline livery nerd!

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20 Comments

#1 – Midway
#2 – Air Florida
#3 – Continental
#4 – Frontier
#5 – American

Douglas

1. Air Berlin
2. Air Florida
3. Continental Airlines
4. Frontier
5. US Air

DCSpotter

– Midway (1st)
– Air Florida
– Conti
– Frontier (1st)
– American/AirCal

The second one is Air Florida… the first one really looks like Air Berlin, but it is not.

Midway
Air Florida
Continental
Frontier (the original)
Western

Midway
Air Florida
Continental
Frontier
US Air

Patrick Olave (Sydney, Australia)

Midway
Air Florida
Continental
Frontier
American

Robin Johnson

1 Midway, 2 Air Florida, 3 Continental, 4 Frontier, 5 Piedmont/USAir

jennywa

1. Piedmont
2. Florida
3. Continental
4. PSA
5. American

1. Midway
2. Air Florida
3. Continental
4. Frontier
5. USAir

#1 Midway
#2 Air Florida
#3 Continental
#4 Continental (Frontier/Continental)
#3 I’d say USAir but I’m pretty sure I’d be wrong

1. Midway
2. Air Florida
3. Continental
4. Frontier
5. US Air

Mike888

1. Midway
2. Air Florida
3. Continental
4. PSA
5. USAir

Mike888

Correction to #5 on my submission….it’s “Western”, not USAir…took an second look….tricky!

Cory Smith

1. Midway ( I almost said TWA)
2. Air Florida (Reminds me of Eastern)
3. Continental (I know it all too well)
4. PSA (hardly know it all but for the smiling planes)
5. US Air ( I thought ‘American’) …

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