Post by Erik Ingram - HJG on Feb 28, 2020 19:40:17 GMT
Sounds good! Yeah, after taking a trip out there I've taken a renewed interest in aviation in California, and this has been a good way to feed that
Anyway, here's a somewhat naked 727- when the orange version of their livery was introduced in early 1977, a few aircraft were used to test it before it was rolled out fleet-wide. Initially it featured slightly different stripes, white engines, and somewhat curiously, no smile. By the end of the year, N974PS had the full final version.
Post by aerofoto - HJG Admin on Feb 28, 2020 20:55:34 GMT
Not a happy bird then
On this particular subject (smiles etc) .... during the late 1990's we had a very short-lived startup airline here in NZ .... "CITY JET" .... and which offered dirt-cheap air fares right across the length and breadth NZ so long as one didn't mind the somewhat elongated travelling time between other major North and South Island cities due to the necessity of being routed through a multitude of provicial centers in order to get to wherever one's ultimate/primary destination was.
The airlines corporate logo was "a similing face" ....
Here's a bit about that airline presented by a Catholic priest I know (Father Steve LOWE whom is proprietor of the "3RD LEVEL NZ" website) and whom is also "a highly respected fellow aviation photographer and historian" here in NZ and someone whom I've met and occasionally communicate with ....
ANYWAY AND TO KEEP A LONG BUT OTHERWISE INTERSTING (if not amusing) STORY SHORT ....
After establishing itself (I was one of those invited to join celebrations on day one) the airline then very quickly got itself into major financial strife .... and on one particular occasion, after media exposure of the aaiirlines woes, one of it's young and rightfully/understandably disgruntled pilots inverted the "happy smile" on the airlines logo at its AKL Intl Airport based public office to an "unhappy smile"
We all "PISSED OURSELVES LAUGHING" (I was there at the time) .... only management were "NOT IMPRESSED AT ALL" .... and BOY OH BOY you should have heard the "tirade" which followed their discovery of the vandalized logo as the witch hunt for whoever was responsible was then launched
I "did"/lost a wee bit of money in the collapse of this company .... one of my "very few" bad corporate/business decisions over almost 40 years of my small company management experience. Fortunately for me/us though it was only to the tune of some several hundred dollars .... as a sub contractor .... BUT .... others ended up losing "TENS OF THOUSANDS OF DOLLARS" as it later became evident that CITY JET simply hadn't been paying any of its bills .... and after the Receivers were called in it was quickly established that airlines remaining capital was nowhere near sufficient to service any of its creditors .... including me/us. Given the magnitude of what happened to others though (especially to young pilots whom had borrowed from the banks .... up to $20G and more .... in order to pay for training that was to have been provided by the company) I think I drew" the lucky lotto ticket" in comparison.
Post by Erik Ingram - HJG on Mar 1, 2020 18:43:57 GMT
Alright, this should do it for the non-standard PSA birds (at least I think...we'll see!):
By 1972, the smile had been developed as a symbol of PSA's fun-loving spirit and applied somewhat hastily to the fleet. N535PS got one while it still appeared in its delivery colors prior to the introduction of the pink "Smileliner" livery in early 1973.
Post by aerofoto - HJG Admin on Mar 5, 2020 22:12:31 GMT
"A little bit of powder .... and a little bit of paint .... make any girl look exactly what she ain't"
Not so though in the case of this mascara and lip-atick adorned "horny little Mexican senorita" .... Erik's really given her the once over a made her look "exactly like she is/should" .... a beautiful (if not well worked ) example of one of the few remaining/recently in-service DC-9-10's .... albeit now in the twilight years of her existence plying her trade hauling freight for AERONAVES TSM of Mexico and alongside her (recently released by HJG and also painted by Erik) sister-ship XA-UXR and this airlines MD-80SF's (also painted by Erik and available "here too).
Official portaraits of ....
AERONVES TSM DC-9-15MC XA-UXP
This particular aircraft was first delivered to TRANS TEXAS AIRWAYS (N1303T C/n # 47044 L/n # 165) on September 28th 1967 .... as a DC-9-15MC (Minimum Change convertible PAX/freighter) .... and was transferred to TEXAS INTERNATIONAL AIRLINES on October 31st 1968. It was sold to McDONNELL-DOUGLAS on July 15th 1972 .... and on-sold to FINNAIR (OY-LYH). It was next sold to EVERGREEN INTERNATIONAL AIRLINES (N916F) during October 1988 .... then withdrawn from service during March 1992 and stored at Marana, Arizona, USA. It was then sold to FIRST SECURITY BANK on May 7th 1997 .... and leased to EVERGREEN INTERNATIONAL AIRLINES .... then sold to EVERGREEN on May 16th 2003 .... and withdrwn from service during February 2005 and stored at Marana, Arizona, USA. This particular aircraft was then sold to AERONAVES TSM (XA-UXP) during December 2015 and remains in-service today with this operator.
"WELL DONE" Erik
More previews soon .... as soon as can be organized by me given how R/W busy I am currently with "new income generating" opportunities at the moment.
Post by aerofoto - HJG Admin on Mar 6, 2020 1:03:32 GMT
FINALLY .... catching up with Erik
Official portraits of Erik's recent period representations of the airline from "The Golden State" and "The Birthplace Of California" .... SAN DIEGO .... featuring early production versions of both the B727-100 and -200 as these appeared throughout the 1970's ..... as described below ....
PACIFIC SOUTHWEST AIRLINES B727-51 N974PS - original titles and no smile (1977)
PACIFIC SOUTHWEST AIRLINES B727-51 N977PS - original titles with smile (1977)
PACIFIC SOUTHWEST AIRLINES B727-214 N535PS - original livery with smile (1972)
PACIFIC SOUTHWEST AIRLINES B727-214 N530PS - original titles with smile (1972)
PACIFIC SOUTHWEST AIRLINES B727-214 N540PS - mixed original and later titles with smile (1978)
Post by Erik Ingram - HJG on Mar 14, 2020 18:56:51 GMT
With work and school on hiatus for the foreseeable future, it's looking like I'll be doing a lot of painting to stay occupied!
Here's an ex-Texas International DC-9 in service with Continental circa 1983, in the hybrid livery that was briefly used on some of the fleet following their merger. This one also kept its pre-merger name, "City of Lubbock Little Rock".
Post by Erik Ingram - HJG on Mar 17, 2020 3:18:03 GMT
While dreaming of places warmer and more exotic than northern Utah, I came across another semi-unusual variant of Continental Micronesia's operation circa 1984. N66732 was one of the small number of 727-200s assigned to Air Mike, and kept the original wider cheatlines used since 1968 with the red meatball logo. A few CO 727s also had the type and serial number on the tail next to the fleet number, and this frame was one of them.
Post by aerofoto - HJG Admin on Mar 17, 2020 8:26:02 GMT
YEAH .... both B721 (which I think was among those upgrades you did for us last year ) and B722 were operated by CO MIKE in that particular variation of livery .... featuring the Flag of Micronesia over otherwise basic mid-1980's era definitive CO livery.
With regard to upper rear fuselage and tail located fleet or serial numbering .... Camilo and I noticed that too when we knocked off the CO DC-10-10', -10CF's, and -30's .... although I don't think it was applicable to any of these aircraft for the 1970's and early to mid 1980's era liveries we represented for these.
Post by Erik Ingram - HJG on Mar 17, 2020 22:52:46 GMT
And here's another rare 727 for you...Allegheny acquired 11 former United 727-100s in the spring and summer of 1978, which wore the initial version of the "shades of rust" paint scheme. They didn't last like this for long, as Allegheny rebranded to USAir in October 1979 and they were retitled accordingly. They were retired completely by mid-1983.
Here's N7028U as seen around May of 1979.
I've always kind of liked this paint job (particularly in its bare metal form), but to my mother it brings up some...shall we say, less-than-fond memories of flying AL/US in the late '70s and early '80s.
Post by aerofoto - HJG Admin on Mar 28, 2020 1:47:14 GMT
Not had a lot of time lately (for reasons ) .... "BUT AT LAST" .... I've managed to catch up with Erik
Official previews of each of his latest masterpieces (not including some "surprise releases" though and which we're keeping under wraps for the time being) in the form of the following B727-100, -200, -200 ADV, and DC-9-10 subjects ....
CONTINENTAL AIRLINES (TEXAS INTERNATIONAL hybrid scheme) DC-9-15 N968E (1983)
TRANS WORLD AIRLINES (hybrid with OZARK AIRLINES striping) DC-9-14 N970Z (1987)
Be advised the .... 1965 PSA B721 livery represents the airlines "original delivery scheme" .... it's "NOT" the same as the 1965 version we currently host (as will become abundantly clear once we release the "surprise component/s" later on) .... and the 1982 PSA livery is an "early production" B722 and not a B722 ADV