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Old 03-29-2016, 02:46 AM   #1
 
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Aside from early propliners like their DC-4 fleet, I didn't know TWA flew any jet aircraft wearing a polished fuselage. Then I happened upon this postcard for sale on eBay...
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Old 03-29-2016, 09:31 AM   #2
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I believe this may have been an experimental livery to ascertain whether or not it was worth going bare metal to save weight. Nice find!
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Old 03-29-2016, 12:22 PM   #3
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Yes, I posted about this over in the 1:200 section several months ago. I wish GJ would produce one. But, we can't even get them to produce a twin-stripe solid titles B722, so I doubt we'll ever see this one.
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This was an experiment that TWA conducted back in the early 1980s' to study what the fuel savings would be flying a bare-metal finish as opposed to a painted aircraft.

This particular aircraft was the same aircraft that was hijacked and flown to Beirut. It was also the aircraft to fly the last revenue 727 flight for TWA.
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I enjoy the polished metal look, seems like such a rarity now.
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