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09-22-2005, 08:38 PM
This is a discussion thread for the following file:<br><br><b><a href=http://www.googleearthhacks.com/dlfile8170/Colorfull-747.htm>Colorfull 747</a></b><br><br>Boeing 747 with special painting at LAX<br><br><img src=http://www.googleearthhacks.com/images/new/080505/874257Clipboard23.jpg>

09-22-2005, 08:52 PM
After some hours on the airliners.net-website I think this plane is the "Wunala Dreaming" 747-400 from Quantas. One of the most famous painted aircrafts.

"It is an outstanding example of contemporary Australian graphic design for advertising. Created as a public tribute to the distinctive art of Aboriginal Australians, the design celebrates Australia's natural beauty and cultural heritage. It was initially proposed by John and Ros Moriarty of Balarinji Designs to Qantas in 1993, to celebrate the Year of Indigenous Peoples.

Although Qantas sent Balarinji the model on which to paint their design, Qantas did not accept the idea at first. However, the idea was resurrected to promote the launch of the airline's inaugural services into Kansai International Airport in 1994 and to appeal to international interest in Australia's Indigenous culture and heritage. Qantas Flight 113 flew into Kansai International Airport, built on a man-made island in Japan's Osaka Bay, on its opening day - 4 September 1994. The aircraft then travelled on to a world flight including a flypast at the renowned Farnborough Air Show in England.

Technically, Balarinji's Wunala Dreaming design was digitised on computer before being magnified 100 times to generate two kilometres of tracing paper, which allowed the 67 patterns to be traced onto the B747-400. The design includes 1324 irregular dots and seven different colours. It took 12 days to paint and 800 litres of paint were used. The artwork blends a contemporary graphic style with traditional Aboriginal art motifs in distinctive landscape colours. These colours refer to the outback ochres of Australia, the colour red of Uluru, the blue-purples of the Flinders Ranges and the green of Kakadu. The fuselage colour is based on the red used on Qantas aircraft tails and relates back to Qantas' outback origins in western Queensland in 1920. Qantas' official kangaroo logo was designed in 1947. John and Ros Moriarty, the principals of Balarinji Design studio, say the concept for the Wunala Dreaming design embodies styles from Central and Northern Australia. John Moriarty belongs to the Yanyuwa people from Borroloola in the Gulf of Carpentaria in the Northern Territory. He notes that the design represents Dreamtime journeys in which spirit ancestors in the form of kangaroos (wunala) make tracks across the Australian landscape in ancient times from camps to waterholes, leading the people to water and food. Qantas commissioned a second painted aircraft from Balarinji studio. Called Nalanji Dreaming, it was launched in 1995." (Information from http://www.powerhousemuseum.com/opac/95-103-1.asp)

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09-22-2005, 10:20 PM
I'm sure that our resident airplane expert McMaster_de will chime in, but the plane in GEarth does not have painted engines like the plane in the photo attached to photizo's post. Otherwise they look like a match.

09-22-2005, 10:33 PM
Photizo is right that is from QUANTAS.

The Registration Number is: VH-OEJ (cn 32914/1331)
Type: Boeing 747-438/ER

Here is the link to a picture: http://www.airliners.net/open.file/768533/M/

It can be, that they have now colored the cowlings of the engines to make a better look.

09-22-2005, 11:14 PM
I told you an expert would be here shortly. Thanks for the photo w/o painted cowlings.

09-23-2005, 06:59 AM
Ok, found a little bit more about the colored planes from Quantas.

The one at LAX is VH-OEJ 'Wunala Dreaming'.
The thumbnail from photizo is VH-OJB 'Wunala Dreaming'. This one has the cowlings painted.
Then there must be another Jumbo (VH-EBU 'Nalanji Dreaming'), mainly painted light blue.
The fourth aircraft is a B737 'Yananyi Dreaming' (VH-VXB).

Lets have a look to found them. ;)

09-23-2005, 08:49 AM
:slant: aarrgghh - my fault...

thx for the correction

10-01-2005, 10:21 AM
hey guys sorry to spoil the fun but its actually QANTAS

it is an acronym for 'Queensland And Northern Territory Aerial Services'

06-23-2008, 12:05 PM
Here is the old snap...