Post by Erik Ingram - HJG on Mar 14, 2022 4:34:54 GMT
Here's a set I'd originally been working on just for my own amusement, before discovering that they hadn't been claimed...so now you're the beneficiaries of that! Deutsche BA was British Airways' German subsidiary between 1994 and 2003 (as the name would suggest); after BA sold its interest, it operated independently for a few years before being absorbed by Air Berlin in 2006 and formally dissolved in 2008. Originally it used an adaptation of the then-current Landor livery (as already painted by Tony), but beginning in 1997, the scheme was updated to reflect the forthcoming World Tails that graced much of BA's fleet and those of its subsidiaries. For a short time, several aircraft bore these hybrid colors, as seen on D-ADBH circa 1997:
Then we have each of the four German designs used as part of the World Tails project:
"Bauhaus," on D-ADBK:
"Bavaria/Edelweiss," on D-ADBF:
"Calligraphy," on D-ADBN:
"Avignon/Pop Art," seen on D-ADBT:
These eventually gave way to the independent DBA branding starting in late 2002, with both hybrids and definitive versions of that livery appearing on the 737 fleet. Some of those will follow as soon as I can get to them!
Post by Erik Ingram - HJG on Mar 15, 2022 17:16:49 GMT
Thank you! All I can say about those is thank God for hi-res pictures I always enjoyed the World Tail concept, though some of the designs were better-executed than others, in my opinion.
Onto the rebranded DBA birds; first up is D-ADID circa 2003, in the initial version of the livery.
Then we have D-ADIF in the definitive final form; there were quite a few variations of both of these as the World Tails were repainted and secondhand aircraft were acquired, some of which may show up here at some point.
Post by Erik Ingram - HJG on Mar 30, 2022 17:18:56 GMT
Here's a selection of even more German leisure 737s!
The 2006 FIFA World Cup was hosted in Germany, and while DBA wasn't one of the official sponsors, they nevertheless wanted to cash in a little bit on the excitement surrounding it (understandable, in a soccer-crazy country such as that one!). Most of the fleet wore these "Willkommen zum Fussball [Welcome to Soccer]" stickers in partnership with Puma throughout the duration of 2006.
Then we have three variants of Germania's 737-300 fleet; Germania was founded in 1978 primarily as a charter airline for various tour operators, but later offered some scheduled service as well. They received their first 737s in 1987, and this was the scheme they were originally delivered in:
As they acquired new aircraft such as 737-700s and Airbus narrowbodies, they leased out most of their older 737s throughout the late 1990s and into the 2000s. Some of them were returned in the 2009-2010 timeframe, as was the case with D-ADII circa 2009. There was a slight variation of this livery used in the early '90s that I wasn't previously aware of, but for completeness I'll present it here sometime soon.
Finally, the airline introduced a slight update to the scheme in late 2010 that was applied to a small number of 737s, featuring fading stripes and modernized titles. This was used until the airline shut down in early 2019.
Post by Erik Ingram - HJG on May 12, 2022 20:08:51 GMT
Been away for a while, but planning a wedding and getting married will do that! Jumping back into things, here's another significant KC-135; this is 61-0293 of the Air Force Systems Command/6512th Test Squadron circa 1982, in testing as the KC-135R prototype. This particular frame was chosen as it had previously been an EC-135A and was equipped with a refueling receptacle, so it could be flight-tested all the way up to its maximum fueled weight for handling purposes. For most of the test program it was fitted with a large boom on the nose, but there are a handful of photos of it with the standard nose cone. It also predated the installation of the improved APU (the two large exhausts on the left rear fuselage of most R and T models) and the night refueling light (the rearward protrusion from the top of the tail), though it's modeled here out of necessity.
Then, just for fun, we have a fictional Delta L-1011 representing N735D as it might have appeared in service around 2000. Although the TriStars flew until 2001 and Delta cycled through two rebrandings in that span, none were repainted and they simply exited service in the existing Widget scheme. Still, they were portrayed in this livery in Delta's inflight magazine at the time, and I have to say, it looks pretty good in it!
Post by whisperliner99 on May 17, 2022 18:49:56 GMT
I second that Delta repaint. Is it a 250? Regardless, I can definitely see that one becoming another of my personal HJG favorites. Especially as my favorite Delta scheme was that Wavy Grey which defined the early 2000's for me personally. Also is specially as only one of Delta's MD-11, let alone trijets, ever wore this design. Great work!