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British Airways is giving one of its Boeing 747s a 1960s-era paint scheme

January 21, 2019 / Ben Mutzabaugh

British Airways will paint one of its Boeing 747-400s in a retro livery that dates to the 1960s – part of an effort to commemorate its 100th birthday. The company also revealed plans to paint other planes in vintage schemes, but – for now – would say only that “more details of further designs (would) be revealed in due course.”The 747 due to get the first makeover will be painted in the “much-admired design” of British Airways’ predecessor company, British Overseas Airways Corporation (BOAC). The BOAC paint scheme being applied to the plane was in use from 1964 through 1974. The aircraft – registration number G-BYGC – is expected to leave a Dublin, Ireland, paint shop with its new look on Feb. 18. The jet will then enter service a day later, with British Airways noting “this coincides with the 50th anniversary of the first Boeing 747 flight only a few days earlier.