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Transition Scheme
Posted by: 757flyer ()
Date: August 21, 2007 03:51AM

Hello,

I was curious if anyone in the know could shed some light on a color question I had about the transition bare metal schemes worn by some aircraft just prior to the merger. On the Blue scheme, was the blue paint different than the standard Piedmont blue of the final scheme from the 70s/80s? All the photos I have been able to find would seem to indicate that it was a bit darker. I found one of a 737-400 in the bare metal, but with a standard colors radome, and the two blues look different. If it was a different paint color, does anyone happen to know what shade it was? On the maroon/red version of the bare metal scheme, am I safe in assuming that the three colors used were the same three colors used in the USAir Three Shades of Rust scheme from the 80s?

Also, does anyone know if the three aircraft in the transition scheme that wore names (N406US - Thomas H. Davis Pacemaker, N608P - City of Tampa, N617P - Pride of Baltimore) had those names printed in the same font/lettering as that used on the standard paint scheme?

Thanks in advance for any help anyone can provide.

Mike Egan

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Re: Transition Scheme
Posted by: 757flyer ()
Date: September 01, 2007 07:34PM

Just as a follow-up, I did find a fourth aircraft that continued to wear its name in the bare metal scheme - N304P/N302AU - The Nancy Davis Pacemaker.

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Re: Transition Scheme
Posted by: stevelyons ()
Date: November 24, 2007 02:24PM

This is what I know...so if anyone else knows better, please correct me.

The three shades of red stripe down the side of some of our 737s were taken directly from the USAir shops from materials they used to repaint their own aircraft and these were intended to "prepare" the public to connect Piedmont with USAir and get them ready to see these types of colors in the future.
But somewhere along the way, they decided to go with a total different color of red white and blue on silver, likely from another company they paid to do that like so much other money that was wasted during that timeframe.
Although I did enjoy some of the various schemes.
On the blue, that was done on USAir tape as well, so not sure if it is the exact blue of Piedmont. I always thought that the Blue on silver scheme would have served them well to keep it for the merger.
Going one step further, if they had kept the name "Piedmont" and allowed the Piedmont employees to thrive and share our philosophy with them, she may have very well survived today as Piedmont.
The way Doug Parker of the new USAirways changed the name of America West Airlines to USAirways, is a testiment to the fact that you don't have to be egotistical and ruin another company just to have a merger.

As I recall, several test schemes were tried over those years, but one was particularly bad. They called it the pumpkin scheme. Does anyone remember that one?

Steve

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Re: Transition Scheme
Posted by: gregthepirate43 ()
Date: April 11, 2010 09:41PM

yeah, I remember that, it was a F-100. I saw it as it overnighted at DCA. What an ugly paint scheme.

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