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October 13, 2009

AirTran Dips a Plane in Black for Atlanta Falcons Scheme!

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Written by: Phil Derner Jr.
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AirTran Airways has taken a bold step with their gorgeous new paint scheme to commemorate the their hometown Atlanta Falcons football team. Their five-year-old 717-200 N891AT, painted black and red, was caught by Mario Rodriguez departing Orlando (MCO) yesterday.

Past special paint schemes for AirTran have not been full repaints. One plane featured a decal of race car driver Danica Patrick and another added some blue silhouettes of Elton John to advertise satellite radio. This is perhaps the first black scheme in the United States since Playboy Enterprises did so on a DC-9 (registered N950PB) decades ago. Do you know of another one? Tell us in the comments below.

Photo by Mario Rodriguez

Photo by Mario Rodriguez

EDIT: We have also learned that there was a black 727 in the 1980s operated by SunCoast here in the US. (Thanks Mike!



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  • Mike DeLeon

    SunCoast Airlines had a black 727-100 back in the '80's:

    http://www.airliners.net/photo/SunCoast-Airline

  • Phil Derner, Jr.

    Good call, Mike! You're definitely right about that.

  • futterman

    N950PB. We have pictures of that airplane on the wall here on campus. One of my professors (Tom Carney) has 'fond' memories as a student observer in the cockpit when the aircraft was operated by Purdue Airlines in the 1970's. Apparently Heffner wanted a fireplace on top of the bed, shower, and carpet…!

  • How about the McClain 727-100's that were black??

  • moose6692
  • moose6692

    http://cdn-www.airliners.net/aviation-photos/ph… its not in the usa but it still looks awesome

    Joe

  • moose6692
  • moose6692

    http://cdn-www.airliners.net/aviation-photos/ph… its not in the usa but it still looks awesome

    Joe

  • Herb

    That is one sharp looking airplane.Is it used exclusively by the Falcons?

    • Matt Molnar

      It is used for regularly scheduled flights, not used by the Falcons.

  • Herb

    That is one sharp looking airplane.Is it used exclusively by the Falcons?

    • Matt Molnar

      It is used for regularly scheduled flights, not used by the Falcons.

  • This specific editorial was useful to go through, I savored that completely