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Originally posted by akmakm
This plane look to be A6-GDP, It's a horse transporter for the Queen of the UAE..
[edit on 4-12-2007 by akmakm]
Originally posted by defcon5
As Zaphod stated this is nothing big, it is exactly as he explained it. The aircraft has to be taken out of rotation at a maintenance facility that has the ability to repaint the aircraft, and that may not happen for a while after the aircraft is acquired. As to your FAA quote I have a couple of things to state: First, the government does not expect you to have a license plate on your car immediately after you acquire it, and you expect the rules to be more strict for an airlines that costs a ton of money and time to paint their markings on the plane? Secondly, the aircraft most likely has its number painted on the nose wheel door and you just cannot see it from the distance that you are standing from it, but this is just so the ramp crews know what flight it is they are dealing with and don't mix up flights. Third, the airworthiness certificate was already issued to the previous owner. Fourth, airlines often don’t comply with the FAA 100% all the time, either because its not practical, or because of time/money, sometimes they just take the fine.
I worked on an aircraft that was white washed at my airport, it was an Air Europa plane that had just been bought from a defunct airlines. I have also seen many whitewashed planes flown by Braniff (both times they tried to come back) and Evergreen, which were old Eastern Airlines aircraft. Freight companies are more likely to buy used equipment from old airlines as they gut the aircraft, and bang it all to heck and back anyway
[edit on 12/4/2007 by defcon5]