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Old 08-22-2019, 05:16 AM   #1
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I'm trying to keep up the momentum and produce one of these livery history pages a month. I always discover new facts I didn't know in the process. This month I look at Bob Six's airline Continental:

https://www.yesterdaysairlines.com/c...-liveries.html

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Old 08-22-2019, 06:52 AM   #2
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I would have loved to have seen a DC-3 in the Golden Jet livery.'


I saw a couple of Viscounts at Southend just after they had been delivered for Channel who effectively kept it as their own. It was subsequently applied to their HS748s, One Elevens, Tridents and, unless I'm imagining it, a Heron.
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The Continental 'meatball' livery was the best IMO, that golden cheat line made it so sexy & classic, until the arrival of the boring 'globe' logo & mostly white livery..
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I saw a couple of Viscounts at Southend just after they had been delivered for Channel who effectively kept it as their own. It was subsequently applied to their HS748s, One Elevens, Tridents and, unless I'm imagining it, a Heron.
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No you're not imagining it Dave, not only a Heron but even a Dove was painted in that livery.
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The Continental red meatball livery was a beautiful 80's updating of a 70's classic. It really dressed up aprons. The globe livery is bland and not a worthy successor. Maybe if there had been lots of blue and gold on the fuselage, instead of near-Euro-white gray, it would have been beautiful.

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Eek. I always found the "meatball" livery to be absolutely hideous, though probably because of the profoundly negative stigma of the Lorenzo and scab years, at the airline.
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I think CO had a history of almost universally good liveries actually. I quite like all the major versions myself. The Contrails scheme was awesome but wouldn't have suited more modern types like a 777 I think. The globe scheme was smart and attractive and a lot better than several 90s schemes from US majors like the Delta Landor and United battleship. It did rather out-stay its welcome with the Unicon version though.
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No you're not imagining it Dave, not only a Heron but even a Dove was painted in that livery.
That Dove is gorgeous!
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Eek. I always found the "contrails" livery to be absolutely hideous, though probably because of the profoundly negative stigma of the Lorenzo and scab years, at the airline.
That's the red meatball on the tail years. The black meatball was around 15 years prior to Douchenzo joining the fray. C'mon, man, hideous???
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Never a fan of the Meatball livery, either.
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That's the red meatball on the tail years. The black meatball was around 15 years prior to Douchenzo joining the fray. C'mon, man, hideous???
Liveries are a symbol. The symbol of the red meatball is nothing anyone should be proud of. So, yes. Hideous.

I don't stand alone in that view... Greg Brenneman felt the same:

"we launched a campaign to 'retire the meatball'—that is, replace the old Continental logo, which was round, red, and ugly"

"Needless to say, morale was terrible. A couple of weeks after I arrived, I was walking the ramp in Houston saying hello to our mechanics and baggage handlers, and helping to throw a bag or two, when I noticed that almost all the employees had torn the Continental logos from their shirts. When I asked one mechanic why he had done this, he explained, “When I go to Wal-Mart tonight, I don’t want anyone to know that I work for Continental.” His response still sends chills down my spine."

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So, who designed the 'Globe' livery that carried over to United? From a two year-old thread on Airliners.net, masgniw posted the following:

"The founder of Onoma, Roger van den Bergh, started that company in 1998. The Continental Airlines Globe was rolled out in 1991. I would guess that van den Bergh might have designed it for Lippincott (& Marguiles) in the early 90s, starting his own firm afterward and taking the credit with him."

I always liked the graphic simplicity of the Globe livery, sometimes referred to as 'Lufthansa America'. Less is more... Doug

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Saul Bass was the man. United and Continental 80's logos were fantastic!
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