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A guide to Eastern's Hockeysticks

Postby Peter Liddell » Fri Jun 22, 2012 12:05 pm

Just an interesting list of what planes flew in what colors when. Please note though that there are many many many variations beyond this!

A300:
White: 78-91
Grey 85-91

727-100
Golden Falcon: 64-69
Whisperliner: 66-83
Modified Whisperliner:71-84
Whisperliner Late: 75-85
Metal Standard: 78-91
Metal thin: 83-91
Grey Thin: 83-89

727-200
Whisperliner: 66-84
Modified Whisperliner: 71-84
Whisperliner Late: 75-85
Metal Standard: 77-91
Metal thinstripe: 81-91
Greytop thinstripe: 81-89
Metal late: 88-91

757-200
Billboard tail metal: 82-91
Standard thinstripe metal: 88-91
Fullstripe metal: 90-91

DC9-14
Whisperliner: 67-78
Modified Whisperliner: 71-78
Whisperliner Late: 74-80
Metal Standard: 78-79

DC9-30
Whisperliner: 69-79
Modified Whisperliner: 71-79
Whisperliner Late: 75-80
Metal Standard: 77-91
Metal Thinstripe: 84-91
Metal Late: 88-91

DC9-50
Metal Standard: 77-91
Metal Thinstripe: 85-91
Metal Late: 88-91

L1011
Whisperliner: 72-83
Whisperliner Late: 76-83
Metal Standard: 78-91
Metal Thinstripe: 84-91
Metal Late: 90-91

DC10-30
Metal Thinstripe: 86-89

Scheme Examples:

Whisperliner: http://www.airliners.net/photo/Eastern-Air-Lines/Boeing-727-25/0294203
description: White overall, thin metal band on extreme lower fuselage, Dark blue straight at nose.
Earliest variation had Eastern titles behind stripes on tail. 2nd early version had Eastern "Blue meatball" logo on tail and stripes straight off aft fuselage. Whisperjet/Whisperliner titles appear on 727, DC9, L1011

Modified Whisperliner: http://www.airliners.net/photo/Eastern-Air-Lines/McDonnell-Douglas-DC-9-31/0790276
description: Very similar to above but metal extends up aft tail/rudder on 727, DC9, L1011. Whisperjet/Whisperliner titles appear on 727, DC9, L1011

Whisperliner Late: http://www.airliners.net/photo/Eastern-Air-Lines/Boeing-727-25/0814643\
description: Similar overall to modified Whisperliner, but metal extends higher on lower fuselage and white curves down at nose. Some 727-200s had Blue curving down similar to metal colors as well. Whisperjet/Whisperliner titles appear on SOME 727, DC9, L1011, but was no longer on all.

Metal Standard: http://www.airliners.net/photo/Eastern-Air-Lines/Lockheed-L-1011-385-1-TriStar/0817309/
description: Metal skin, blue stripes very similar to Whisperliner schemes, outlined in white. Black nose cone on most and black glare shield on all.

Metal Thinstripe: http://www.airliners.net/photo/Eastern-Air-Lines/Boeing-727-225-Adv/1029443/
description: Metal overall still, fuselage stripes thin and all undr window line. Created as direct result of IAM cost cutting measures, reduced manhours to mask 727-200 for painting by 65% (due to not needing to mask each window individually).
757s all delivered in this scheme with 757 titles on tail.

Grey Thinstripe: http://www.airliners.net/photo/Eastern-Air-Lines/Boeing-727-254/0714107
description: Seen primarily on 727-200s aquired from PSA, grey painted upper fuselage, otherwise same as thinstripe scheme on metal. Note that these aircraft were painted traditionally and not anodized.

Metal late (aka Bluenose scheme): http://www.airliners.net/photo/Eastern-Air-Lines/McDonnell-Douglas-DC-9-31/0107134
description: final paintscheme variation. Dispensed with black nosecones and glareshields. Painted fleet number aft of blue area of nose. Appeared on both thin and full stripe versions, in many cases as an obivous patchup following maintenance.

A300 White: http://www.airliners.net/photo/Eastern-Air-Lines/Airbus-A300B4-203/0206432
description: A300s could not be flown with bare metal so were delivered painted totally white with stripes. A300 aft fuselage windows slope upwards and stripes follow. Stripes same as Whisperliner/Full metal schemes.

Anodized Grey/A300 Grey: http://www.airliners.net/photo/Eastern-Air-Lines/Airbus-A300B4-2C/0207957
description: Eastern used a tartaric-sulphuric "dry" application anodized painting system on many A300s and a few 727s in the mid to late 80s. These aircraft appear somewhat dull and slightly yellow. A300s are in a thin stripe variation, as are most but not all 727s done with this system. Saved 40% of paint (system had almost no overspray loss) and weighed 100lbs less than the white scheme on the A300, however paint itself cost more and the application system was complex and required specialised facilities and handling methods. Also anodized aircraft would normally not have any metal skin showing. Also used on L1011 rudder assemblies due to easier balancing over traditional paint.

The paint itself was less toxic than normal aircraft paint, however the painting process itself needed careful environmental oversight as the fumes of the "paint" in the hangar could concentrate into sulphuric acid if allowed to linger.

System was basically as follows:
Aircraft skin was cleaned and masked as per normal painting.
Anodes were attached to aircraft and skin was sprayed with a mild tantaric acid solution charged with a negative electrostatic charge.
"Paint" was "sprayed" onto aircraft from positively charged applicators.
Paint would adhere to skin via static electrical charge. un-adhered paint would return to applicator by itself or to charged overspray "catchers" at exhaust fans.
Anodes were removed and aircraft was then heat treated to dry/seal paint onto skin.
Stripping and logos would then be painted on using traditional paint and/or stick on decals (for US flag, warning markings, etc)

One unfortunate side effect was that the plane skin would smell of "wet dog" on very humid hot days for up to 3 years after painting, though there was no corrosion or other adverse effects to blame.
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Re: A guide to Eastern's Hockeysticks

Postby EAL1017-Aharon Dayan » Fri Jun 22, 2012 1:55 pm

cool explanation!!

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Postby Michael Acevedo » Sat Jun 23, 2012 12:44 pm

Thanks for bringing this up...
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Re: A guide to Eastern's Hockeysticks

Postby Robert Davis » Mon Jun 25, 2012 2:14 am

Peter,
Thank you for the explanation it is very interesting.
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Re: A guide to Eastern's Hockeysticks

Postby Peter Liddell » Fri Jul 06, 2012 1:12 pm

Some of the other color schemes:

Golden Falcon-
DC-8 delivery http://www.simviation.com/hjg/aircraft/douglas/dc-8-20/dc-8-20_eastern_air_lines_1959_21_n8601.jpg
DC-8 delivery 2 flags http://www.simviation.com/hjg/aircraft/douglas/dc-8-20/dc-8-20_eastern_air_lines_1960_21_n8602.jpg
DC-8 delivery white tail top http://www.simviation.com/hjg/aircraft/douglas/dc-8-20/dc-8-20_eastern_air_lines_1962_21_n8607.jpg
full falcon standard http://www.simviation.com/hjg/aircraft/douglas/dc-8-20/dc-8-20_eastern_air_lines_1962_21_n8615.jpg (DC-8, L188)
half falcon full titles http://www.simviation.com/hjg/aircraft/douglas/dc-8-20/dc-8-20_eastern_half_falcon_full_1964_21_n8604.jpg (DC-8, 720, L188, DC-7, CV440, M404)
half falcon short titles http://www.simviation.com/hjg/aircraft/boeing/b727-100/b727-100_eastern_1964_25_n8102n.jpg (DC-8, 720, L188,, DC-7, CV440, 727-100, M404)
Half Falcon Red http://www.edcoatescollection.com/ac3/Airline/Eastern%20Airlines%20L1049%20Color.jpg (L1049)

Hockey stick prototypes/one offs-
Logo tail http://www.edcoatescollection.com/ac3/Airline/Eastern%20Air%20Lines%20Boeing%20720B%20Interim.jpg (DC-8, L188, L1049, CV440, 720, others?)
Hockey Stick with tail titles http://www.jetphotos.net/viewphoto.php?id=6987376 (DC-8, 720, L188, DC-7, CV440, others?)
Logo tail 747 Pan Am lease http://www.jetphotos.net/viewphoto.php?id=5923662

Older schemes
Silver Fleet-
Early http://www.edcoatescollection.com/ac3/Airline/Eastern%20AT%20Ford%204ATE.jpg
Pre war http://www.edcoatescollection.com/ac3/Airline/Eastern%20Air%20Lines%20DC-2.jpg (also on L-10, possible on other types?)
DC-3 pre/during war http://www.edcoatescollection.com/ac3/Airline/Eastern%20Air%20Lines%20DC-3A.jpg (also on DC-2)
Postwar http://www.edcoatescollection.com/ac3/Airline/Eastern%20Air%20Lines%20DC-3B.jpg (also on DC-2, M404, L649, L1049, DC-4)
Postwar "the great silver fleet" http://www.edcoatescollection.com/ac3/Airline/Eastern%20Air%20Llines%20L649%20Consellation.jpg (also on DC-4, M404, L1049)
Postwar whitetop http://www.edcoatescollection.com/ac3/Airline/Eastern%20Air%20Lines%20DC-7B.jpg (also on L049, M404, CV440, L1049, DC-6)
Postwar whitetop final: http://cdn-www.airliners.net/aviation-photos/photos/6/6/4/0085466.jpg (only on L188)

Pitcairn Aviation- (earliest Eastern Air Transport colors)
http://www.edcoatescollection.com/ac3/Airline/Pitcairn%20PA-8.jpg

That should be all of the major variations, but again there are sub-sub-sub variations in some cases!
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Re: A guide to Eastern's Hockeysticks

Postby EAL1017-Aharon Dayan » Fri Jul 06, 2012 2:04 pm

The Eastern livery showing combo of Eastern and Pan Am liveries for 747 is weird!! What route was it used for?

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Re: A guide to Eastern's Hockeysticks

Postby Peter Liddell » Fri Jul 06, 2012 2:30 pm

JFK-MIA, MIA-SJU, JFK-SJU were what the initial borrowed 747s were used for
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Re: A guide to Eastern's Hockeysticks

Postby EAL1017-Aharon Dayan » Sat Jul 07, 2012 10:35 am

Thanks for reply, Peter!!!
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Re: A guide to Eastern's Hockeysticks

Postby Kyle Bjorklund » Sat Aug 04, 2012 3:31 pm

I don't remember where I read it, but I think I saw a board post once you made, Peter about the phrasing of the DC-8B on the back of the old Eastern DC-8, very interesting stuff.

Also, does anybody know why Eastern dropped the flag on their liveries for a while then picked them back up again?
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Re: A guide to Eastern's Hockeysticks

Postby Peter Liddell » Mon Aug 06, 2012 8:42 pm

They dropped them when they went to the hockey stick as they weren't required.
After EA was awarded true "flag" international routes again they started to re-appear.

And that post is on HJG: http://tonymadgehjg.proboards.com/index.cgi?action=display&board=previews&thread=4524&page=1
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