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Old 03-27-2014, 07:40 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Lst week I received the last of the 5 Braniff Flying Colors models Gemini Jets produced. These models seem fairly common but are very nice nonetheless.

Braniff's story is well known so I won't say much however after Harding Lawrence's installation at the carrier the fleet was rationalised and certainly from the 70s onwards only two types held sway on the majority of the network (BN's dalliance with 747 and Concorde ops can almost be seen as a poorly conceived marketing exercise). These were DC-8s and 727-200s. Braniff was alone in being the only trunk carrier to avoid the use of widebodies on services in the lower 48.

In fact aside from a few 747s Braniff's only new aircraft purchases in the 70s were 727-200 Advanceds and they bought a lot of them - over 70.

The Flying Colors scheme itself lasted from 1971-1978 (though many aircraft never received the Ultra colours). The four combos were:

  • Red/Aztec Gold
  • Orange/Ochre
  • Green/Light Green
  • Blue/Light Blue

Then of course there was the single Calder 727 too. This aircraft was different from most BN 727-200s in that she was one of only 3 standard 727-200s BN bought new (they also picked up 6 second-hand from Allegheny and Frontier).

Anyway here are the five showing their flying colors together:









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Old 03-27-2014, 08:33 PM   #2 (permalink)
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You are right that the first 3 727s were bought from Boeing as -227s. 408BN (the Calder) was originally a Frontier a/c. The first revenue trip I ever flew for BN was on that a/c. They started purchasing from Boeing again with a/c N410BN and continued until the demise of BN1. 404-409 was a mix of Frontier, Alleghany, and PSA airframes.
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Nice collection Richard.

This is one of my favorite schemes of all time and I have all of these sans the Calder (which I just added to my need list). In fact the green one was one of my first three 1:400 models - I dragged my poor wife through the Las Vegas desert on foot to "the Airplane Shop" whilst on vacation just to check it out. I've never been so thirsty as after the trip back to the Bellagio with my tiny New collection (it's gotten a little out of control since then but I have a long way to go to reach Strettonesque levels )

Was the Calder the 727 that never trimmed properly in flight and could never really be fixed as they couldn't find the root cause?
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Richard could you do a story on the BI 707/720 the Jellybean years? There is a Skyblue 707-227 that I would love to see in diecast.
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Nice work. IMHO the Flying Colors was the nicest of the Braniff liveries. This makes me want to add the ones I don't have.
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Great set. These were some of the first 1:400 planes that I sought out when I first got into the hobby. Never got to fly on BN but I remember the Flying Colors quite vividly. Second only to the Delta Widget livery in my opinion.
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Nice work. IMHO the Flying Colors was the nicest of the Braniff liveries. This makes me want to add the ones I don't have.
Flying Colors was beautiful but to me the jelly Bean fleet was more striking, especially "Fat Albert" the lone 747 rendered in orange.
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During the latter '70s, DFW authorized a private beautification effort known as the Wildflowers Works. Flowers like the Texas state bluebonnet and scarlet flax were planted along four miles of roadway in the airport's central area.
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