Hello my friends,
This thread is in response to the request from my friend 1:200FreakReturns
in the thread "From the book of 1001 nights..."
to post some pictures of my beloved "Green Turtle Waters". After my (Pakistani) wife, the second most beautiful thing in my life...
I already talked about this mesmerizing beauty (خوبصورت خوبصورتی) in the following post :
I flew with it back in 2008, it was one of her last flights, from Islamabad over Karachi to Manchester. It was one of the planes provided with a tail design representing one of Pakistan's provinces. I personally think the blue Sindh province tile design goes remarkably well with the rest of the planes colours. Unfortunately, she was eventually scrapped near Karachi airport, where many of her remains can still be found.
A note on PIA's province tail designs :
On March 14, 2006, Pakistan International Airlines (PIA), the national flag carrier of Pakistan, in its effort to portray the rich heritage it inherits announced a partial change in its livery, specifically aircraft tail, to reflect the colours and artistic excellence of its four Provinces and proudly fly around the globe, for one and all to reflect on its grandeur. In so doing, it had chosen some of the finest of motifs characteristic of the four Provinces comprising Pakistan. Not only was this need for change qualified by the massive change occurring in PIA as a whole, but also reinforced by the national flag carrier’s desire to pool in its humble contribution in the integration of the country as a whole. The result was a colourful tail of PIA airplanes, which in itself is named after the most remarkable characteristic of each province.
A note on Pakistan's Sindh province, and its famous tile artwork :
Situated in the heart of the Indus Valley Civilization, exemplified by the ruins Moen-jo-daro, the Sindh Province in Southern Pakistan has an ancient and rich tradition of art and crafts. Among them, Hala tile work is one of the most striking representations of a craftsmanship that transforms clay into an object of undying and pristine beauty. Exquisitely adorned with electric blue and white floral pattern and motifs, the Hala craft signifies a labour of love and a passion for perfection. These floral patterns and motifs constitute the design of the aircraft’s tail.
the Sindh province.
A typical application of the Sindh province tile design. On the eastern bank of River Indus near Rohri town , Sindh, on one of the smaller hills has a leveled platform on which there are many carved gravestones with chain ornaments and panels of Arabic quotations from the Quran. The principal grave is that of Mir Kasim But the name by which it is more generally known is the hill of the seven virgins.
The real bird
Airplane type :
Boeing 747-300 (747-367)
Manufacturer serial number :
4 x RR RB211-524C2
First flight date :
February 1, 1987
PIA, Pakistan International Airlines
"Green Turtle Waters" (during the period it wore its Sindh province Tail)
Large HD pictures from Green Turtle Waters are very rare. Videos are even harder to find.
Here a take-off from Manchester can be seen : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HN7G3NRE8Zk
The scale model
Publisher reference :
Diecast metal, with stand, fixed gears
The 1/200 scale Inflight200 model is not easy to find. Only 188 have been produced.
Some pictures I just took from the model as it is placed in my cabinet :
Older photos I found on the internet :
Hope you all liked it.