why are airplanes always painted white?

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  • 1 decade ago
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    The most logical explaination is the fact that white is the cheapest color. Die pigment cost money. It also has to do with heat when it comes to planes that use foam core and fiberglass construction, but that is usually with homebuilt planes. Also, you usually never see the leading edges of aircraft painted becuase it will come off(not the wings because they have boots for deice)(also not on planes that fly slow like a Cessna 172). Air does act like sandpaper and will rip of the paint.

  • 1 decade ago

    The army never paints their aircraft white, and many independent commercial aircraft companies paint their aircraft a different color. Lufthansa uses some blue, Lot does too, United is grey, etc. Probably the main reason why aircraft are white is because they don't need camoflauge when they're civilian aircraft.

  • 1 decade ago

    They aren't. Military aircrafts usually aren't. Southwest Airlines has lots of different colors of planes. When they are painted white it's because the sun reflects off of the paint better, keeping the metal cooler.

  • 1 decade ago

    is no real reason in beeing painted in white. Some companies paint their airplanes in red, blue, or other colors. Examples, Pan Am, Virgin Airlines, Qantas...

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    It has to do with heat dissipation across the shell of the aircraft. But they aren't all painted white. KLM's planes are painted blue and i think United's are painted silver.

  • 1 decade ago

    They aren't always painted white. But white increases visibility.

  • 1 decade ago

    They aren't. An airline named Braniff used to paint their planes yellow, green, blue, red, purple. The Playboy Ent. plane was painted black with a white bunny face on the tail. American airlines planes are polished aluminum.

  • hutson
    Lv 7
    1 decade ago

    < They are not all painted white.>

  • 1 decade ago

    i am going to say white is a clalming color. They probly keep them white in hopes that people won't freak out. you don't show some who is mad something red.

  • 1 decade ago

    their not... orange airplane would be nice. or hot pink.

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