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BA compromises on red wings for retro BEA A319

March 05, 2019 / DAVID KAMINSKI-MORROW

While British Airways predecessor BEA’s aircraft featured distinctive all-red wing surfaces, technical considerations prevented the same being applied to BA’s retro-livery Airbus A319.The UK flag-carrier states that composites used for the upper wing structure are “very sensitive” to ultra-violet radiation. Solar absorptivity of colours is such that only schemes with higher-reflectivity shades “lighter than grey” are usually permitted, it adds.BEA’s fleet – which included such types as the Vickers Viscount and Vanguard, the De Havilland Comet and the Hawker Siddeley Trident – were painted with red wings as part of the ‘Red Square’ livery replicated on the A319. BA says consideration of the materials used in the production of the Airbus wings prevented a faithful reproduction.