Re: Why are all airliners white?

Date:         16 Sep 97 02:35:28 
From:         felton@princeton.edu (Phil. G. Felton)
Organization: Princeton University
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In article <airliners.1997.2109@ohare.Chicago.COM>, marcmsc@geocities.com wrote:

> Bill Chivers wrote:
>
> > Recent research suggests that darker paint schemes are easier to see.
> > Since the human eye spots things by shape and contrast, trying to
> > contrast with a (usually) bright background (the sky) by having a bright
> > paint scheme is pretty much a waste of time.
> >
> > Black, on the other hand, usually cause a good contrast with the
> > background.
> >
> > A result of this is the the RAF has now adopted black paint scemes for
> > its training aircraft (UK posters may have noticed black Hawks and
> > Tucanos over the last couple of years).

Note that the poster said Training A/c!  They used to be painted Dayglo, you
usually want to see where your learners are and what they are up to!

Phil.

> Sorry, but the RAF surely doesn't want it's a/c to be seen. The
> interests for civil and military a/c painting jobs are certainly totally
> different. I remember that in WW2 the 'Luftwaffe' had one of it's
> Heinkel (?) a/c painted blue under the wings and grey/brown on the other
> parts. They just didn't want to be seen. Of course this is especially
> valid if you are in a conflict ...