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Unmarked Aircraft @ Dulles Airport - What On Earth For?

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posted on May, 31 2012 @ 06:35 PM
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I was very surprised when I saw these today on a local community forum. Being so close to Dulles, I thought I would share.

What on earth are these planes doing without any form of identification, none whatsoever? They are clearly not airliners. I was under the impression that to even fly a plane, you had to have some sort of visible identification system on it. What happens when they crash? What purpose do they serve. Clearly they were flown to Dulles, so they are not under maintenance, nor are they experimental or right off the assembly line...


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posted on May, 31 2012 @ 06:39 PM
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Could it be they are new planes that haven't been picked up yet? The link said they have been in the same spot for two weeks.



posted on May, 31 2012 @ 06:40 PM
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waiting to be painted?
If they were gray or had dual tones with a blue on the bottom THEN I would wonder.

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posted on May, 31 2012 @ 06:43 PM
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Probably getting a new paint job, I would think they would do that in a hangar or something. Anything suggesting they are actually in use without the markings? They don't have to have anything on them if there just sitting on the ground as far as I know.



posted on May, 31 2012 @ 06:46 PM
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I dunno man. I didn't think they did aircraft maintenance like that at an extremely busy airport.



posted on May, 31 2012 @ 06:46 PM
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Echo post...
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posted on May, 31 2012 @ 06:54 PM
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Would be nice if the pic actually showed they didn't have an N-number [FAA Registry number]. As a side note these are NOT 737s as the title of the picture says, they're either 767s or 777s (can't tell without seeing the APU but the size and shape of the vertical stabilizer/tail makes me think it's a 777). That being said I'm not sure the person who posted the original shot is all that familiar with the markings and where they should be.

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posted on May, 31 2012 @ 07:32 PM
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I doubt these are waiting to be painted. They typically don't strip all of the original paint and paint it blank white before painting them for real. I also doubt they are being decommissioned, as every plane I have seen in the Mojave graveyard still bore some semblance of it's original paint. The JENNA planes have a pin stripe very similar to these two planes. They are on the opposite side of those concrete barriers so it is doubtful that that blue service truck is there for them; those 'containers' are luggage trains so.... Ya, stumped.. Only thing I know for sure is if it has no FAA markings then it doesn't exists.



posted on May, 31 2012 @ 07:37 PM
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The only think usual is no registration marks are visible. The paint is common for aircraft the are lease returns.



posted on May, 31 2012 @ 07:47 PM
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Negative on the registration numbers - they are there just behind the rear door above the stabilizer. They're gray in color so it's hard to see them. I enhanced the best view of them.


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posted on May, 31 2012 @ 07:49 PM
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Speculation


But, undeniably interesting.

IF Decomm'd, why no preexisting FAA markings? Even so, why would they be stripped? Does anyone know if an aircraft ever has reason to undergo a re-registration (ie, changing the tailnumber? Seems like that would be the most logical uniqueidentifier for an aircraft
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The bellies of the planes differ - Although a long distance shot, I would bet a coke that those birds have seen airtime. I doubt they are new, otherwise I would speculate that the paint would be matching on both aircraft.

I'm not going to begin speculating as to why one or more non-grounded aircraft would bear no insignia...

oooooo-OOOOOO-ooooooOOO! *Twilight Zone Theme*


Star to OP, good day!
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posted on May, 31 2012 @ 07:50 PM
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I can kinda see it now...been in a situation where we parked a bird outside without it's registration and had to go out with "duck tape" to place it on....it happens.



posted on May, 31 2012 @ 07:50 PM
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Yea but what are aircraft of that size doing there with almost invisible markings? Delivering packages?



posted on May, 31 2012 @ 07:52 PM
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Originally posted by type0civ
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I can kinda see it now...been in a situation where we parked a bird outside without it's registration and had to go out with "duck tape" to place it on....it happens.


Posts are fast on this thread - added link to image I enhanced in my first reply.



posted on May, 31 2012 @ 07:52 PM
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Most large aircraft are leased by the airlines and when they return them to the owners, such as GECAS, they will paint them with a generic scheme to remove their colors for legal reasons.

And yes..some airlines will keep their "N' numbers because they are customized to their name and i've actually assisted in transferring foreign registrations to US.
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posted on May, 31 2012 @ 08:06 PM
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Could just be a civilian private jet.... private jet purchases make up quite a large number of all jumbo jet purchases.



posted on May, 31 2012 @ 08:37 PM
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they look like 767-200's...belong to big brother....huh!



posted on May, 31 2012 @ 08:43 PM
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Umm, how many "secret" alphabet soup agencies are there that we know about? 14 or something like that? You think they fly commercial? Jeez there are a lot of either naive or "knowledge management specialists" on here.
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posted on May, 31 2012 @ 09:34 PM
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Lots of things, they could be Janets, oh, no wait, they have a red solid line. . .they could be just sprayers, either way. Makes one wonder, why we photograph those things that do not exist. I would suggest searching for what any unmarked plane could legitimately be by use of USAF, ArMY, ETC.

Whatever it is, I am sure it's safe for us.



posted on May, 31 2012 @ 09:41 PM
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Your most likely looking at wet lease aircraft, the N numbers that were shown in the enhanced pic look as it they have been painted over, waiting for the rego of the next country the operator will be based in. Not uncommon for wet lease aircraft to have the rego's painted over between operators



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