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      Post #53938, posted on 07-04-2014 GMT-5 hours    


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      _________________________________BEST OF.............OCHRE______________________________


      (ebay)

      Without a doubt, the most intriguing and frustrating color (for photographers) in the JB era was Ochre! (2) questions are still unanswered 40+ years later; why was it the ONLY 'Pastel' to survive the entire 1965-71 JB-era and why was it so difficult to capture on the film of the day (less that 1% [estimated] success rate).
      Believe it or not it wasn't until 2013, when this 35mm slide from an Estate sale was put up on ebay did we finally have the BEST Ochre! (6) slides from a 1969 family trip clearly capture this unique and misunderstood color. Though the subject itself (a Mother w/child came out underdeveloped, the Ochre 727 (N7292) is captured in the bright sun! Through the process of elimination, we have figured out that this is N7292 (Eric's Profile). We have (2) photos of N7292, (1) from June 1969 w/White rudder and a March 1970 w/NMF rudder, which was done in 1968/69 as the 727's went through their scheduled re-paints. So these 1969 35mm slides are clearly showing a relatively new Ochre paintjob which is one of the keys to even have a 1% chance of getting the color captured on film!
      It appears that there were (2) issues. The film of the day had different tints; Blue and Green were the most common and Red was seen less often. It appears that the orange segment of the Ochre color only comes out with Red tint film. Then 2nd issue is the fact that Ochre WAS a 'Pastel' and had the same problems as Sky Blue, which was fairly quick degrading and according to Chris, become something of a blotchy mess with numerous 'touched up' areas that didn't blend in. The 35mm slide does show another interesting point that while most JB's got the double-outlined exits, some of the lighter colors wore just Black outlines right to the end of the JB era in 1971! N2792 does have it's double-exits in the March 1970 photo though. It looks like using the more expensive higher quality slide film was also a major factor in capturing Ochre!!

      (Bob Polaneczky Photo)
      This 'altered' Bob Polaneczky 1971 photo of N7274 is a perfect example. Bob was one of the best airline photographers back in the day but his original of this has a green tint, which turned the Ochre more Brown. By taking out some of the Green, we were able to re-create the Ochre as Chris remembers it.
      Believe it or not these are the ONLY (2) photos that we could honestly post as "BEST OF" for Ochre.

      (BI 1965 Annual Report-BFC Collection)
      The next "BEST OF" comes in an 'airbrush' presented in the BI 1965 Annual Report! The 'airbrush' shows White underwings on the 727, which never were on the actual A/C but the Ochre is very accurate.
      We had at various times (3) Ochre Chips that were close but Chris wasn't satisfied and we took a chance on a pair of Ochre slacks in a retro photo!

      We asked Eric to put all of of his talent to use and try to get a sample and it was the 2nd attempt that got a "nailed it" (meaning the color of course) from Chris!
      Ochre was a very popular fashion color in the 1965-68 period and I remember several Ochre clothing items my Mom had purchased during the mid 1960's. It may be the fact that it was a popular color that was the reason it was not only accepted as an original JB but that it continued unchanged for the entire JB run!
      No doubt mixing the paint to create an Ochre model will be a challenge. There may be a close match out in the market but either way we feel that the correct Ochre is a very distinct JB color and will be a unique addition for any BI 'Jellybean' fan. The color at the very top as you scroll is the best match.
      _________________________________COMMON ERROR PHOTO_________________________________


      (Leon Franco Photo)

      (Bob Garrard Photo)
      Normally we post a JB color that was mistaken for the topic color but for Ochre, we decided to show (2) Ochre's! This Leon Franco photo is what most Ochre photographed as! You can see how the strong Blue film tint has turned Ochre into 'Baby **** Yellow', as Chris' Mom used to call it. An of-color Beige JB photo is the most common color that could be confused with Ochre in photos. The 2nd photo is of the same N9710C and was taken by one of the best of era, Bob Garrard. Once again it's not the photographer but the film developing that created the problem, which the photographer had no control over. It just shows how pure luck was involved, so that an underexposed family trip photograph is the one that captures the best known true Ochre!
      The great thing for JB modelers is we don't have to deal with the effects of Ochre at 30,000ft, so in it's pristine form, it's a really attractive color-IMO. Why it was the ONLY "pastel' to survive is still a mystery but clearly someone high up in BI liked it and it was 'HANDS OFF! In fact, NO Ochre EVER was re-painted in another color, while some other color re-paints were added to the Ochre JB group. Alexander Girard was from New Mexico and Ochre has south western US roots and the BI Preisdent's Wife, Mary Wells Lawrence was the head of the advertising agency that helped to create the JB colors, so the answer may be among these two? Ochre was a very 'in' color at the time also (though not on airliners!)

      ______________________________PAINTING YOUR........... L-188________________________

      (9) Lockheed L-188A Electras were ordered on December 14, 1955 and Braniff services began in 1959.
      By the time of the JB-era in 1965, (1) L-188 had been lost (N9705C) in the Buffalo, TX accident, replaced in 1962 by a NTU Capital Airlines L-188C ( N9710C). The L-188 was never really part of the planned 'Jellybean' program, as it was the 707/720 and One-Eleven that were going to be the BI 'JB fleet' for the period. By mid-'65, after the large 727C/707C order was placed, BI had planned an ALL Boeing fleet but as we know that would change in 1967 with the Panagra merger and all but (1) of the L-188's would become 'Jellybeans'! It appears BI was never in a hurry to have ALL the L-188's in JB colors and the 1968 L-188 accident A/C was still in the original scheme.


      It was to be the 'Black Mask' that would turn out to pose the unanswered question of why no FULL Black
      Mask? 40+ years later and no one has an answer but it may be something Chris said to me one day that cuold be an answer. He said the JB 'Electra' "looked like an older lady with a lot of make up!" With it's wide fuselage, the FULL mask may have just looked a bit 'clownish'? Interestingly, the planned JB 747 may offer a clue to BI thinking. The original 747 JB illustration in the Boeing proposal had the FULL mask but the Boeing 747 'model' at BI's Dallas HQ is shown in the 1968 Annual Report, has NO Mask! (Have a JB Wide-Body 'fanatsy-build' section coming later with the 747, DC-10, L-1011 and L-500 [C-5A]). It apperas that if the Black Mask was too large, it would be either reduced (as on the L-188) or eliminated.
      The L-188 Black Mask seems to be one area in which BI's Dallas painting crews had some leeway.

      (Bob Garrard Photo Enlargement)
      This photo shows a straight anti-glare panel on N9710C but you'll notice in JB Electra photos that NO two are quite alike! Usually the 3-digit A/C number is on the L-188 in (2) locations but some have just (1) and some have none.
      Wheel hubs do vary on several JB L-188's. Depending on how new the painjob, you can see a bright White, as on the Bob Polaneczky photo from 1969. Note the Double outlined exits which is the only way to determine the time period for an undated JB photo. Only the first L-188 painted in the spring of 1966 (N9703C-Lemon Yellow), had NO exit outlines for a time.


      (Peter Bulban Photo)
      There is only (1) known 'underbelly' photo and it clearly shows that the L-188 was the ONLY JB to have a fully painted fuselage (C)! All the other A/C types had an unpainted lower area which grew larger on the 707-227 and 720 during the so called 1969-71 "HIGH-LINE" period. As far as we can tell the lower part of the Fowler-tpye flaps were not painted, as the tops were (A).

      (Mike Martin Photo)

      (Terry Morgan-Song Of The Sky -ebay)
      This photo shows the painted area of the wing root (A), as well as the White engines (B) and the 1968 double-exits (C). This L-188 has unpainted wheel hubs. On the Red L-188 (N9709C), the front hub is Red!

      Without a doubt, the most interesting JB Electra would join the BI after the tragic loss of the One-Eleven, on August 6, 1966.......
      According to Chris, BI retained a DC-7C for a while longer and assigned it to the shorter runs that the Electra's were flying down in TX. That freed up an Electra to fly the former One-Eleven track (the L-188 could keep up with the One-Eleven on the multi-stage length runs). For a time this worked but for a longer solution, BI turned to Miami aircraft broker Frederick B. Ayer and Associates and in October 1966, signed for a 1-yr lease of an ex-Cathay Pacific L-188 that they had purchased in March '66 (VH-HFO)
      It appears that in the rush to get the A/C into service, BI sent down to Miami the tail stencils that were used for the DC-6 JB color tests-these were much smaller than the actual BI stencils that were adopted in late 1965. The A/C was painted in the Turquoise JB color and would turn out to be the only L-188 to wear that color, as it was dropped in 1967. We have an excellent color photo of N16816 and will be posting it in the upcoming Turquoise Chapter. Author and retired BI Pilot Terry Morgan was a young L-188 F/E at the time and remembered N16816, as pretty worn out and had a few quirky things on it, including a coffee maker that rarely worked! Terry states that most of the N16816 graphics were from the One-Eleven, except the BI tail logo. The American Flag is the same size on both, so you can see how much smaller N16816's tail logo was!
      _________________________________JB COLOR RATING______________________________


      (Bob Polaneczky Photo)
      "PASTEL" 1965-66: EXCELLENT "though the first L-188 wasn't painted in the JB scheme until spring/summer '66, they actually did get ALL the original colors except Sky Blue" (and Periwinkle of course!) Beige -N9701C is listed but no photo confirmation. We have confirmed that N9706C WAS painted in Original Orange, then re-painted in H & G New Orange-Clint Groves has a GREAT photo of it in OO-Nice model subject-IMO!


      "NEW H & G" 1967-69: EXCELLENT " this would be the final years for the JB Elecra's and they got to wear ALL the new "H & G" colors, giving modelers a lot of potential choices". N9703C-Panagra Yellow is listed but NO photo confirmation. (Chris has updated lists for each color in his JB Commentaries but we can post those at the end of the series if needed.)


      "HIGH-LINE" 1969-71: NR
      On March 27, 1969 the L-188's were sold off and "the older lady with a lot of make up" disappeared.. .....
      Eric's FULL size 727 profile is now in the "LS" Profile Page.

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      Post #53952, posted on 07-05-2014 GMT-5 hours    
      Very detailed and comprehensive! Thank you!

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      Post #53953, posted on 07-05-2014 GMT-5 hours    
      Hi John!
      Thanks again - really impressive research!!
      All the best from Norway,
      Harry B.

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      Post #53955, posted on 07-05-2014 GMT-5 hours    
      Thanks guys! (3) Chapters down and (14) to go! A lot of NEW information is coming from Ben at Braniff Flying Colors Facebook, who has access to the BI archives, so we have some really new and updated stories planned and luckily Chris is a stickler for details from memory and Eric's artwork is amazing!! Hope everyone is enjoying it...........




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      Post #54586, posted on 09-16-2014 GMT-5 hours    

      Ben at Braniff Flying Colors Facebook recently posted this amazing publicity photo showing the first (2) 707-327C's at Dallas in Sept. 1966! This photo definitely confirms that Cris' memories of Ochre were correct! (N7095-Ochre and N7096-Lemon Yellow. We should be back to work next month. Chris has been very busy at work, so we may have to post without the Chris' Commentary and just add it in later, as we do want to keep going.


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      Post #62832, posted on 04-25-2016 GMT-5 hours    
      Thanks for the Education in Ochre.

      One note - but the Red thread notes N1543 being painted red following stint in ochre. So possibly one aircraft slipped under the 'preserve ochre' radar?

      As presented here, the ochre is definitely more orange-y than normally portrayed. It makes me realize my expensive Inflight 200 'ochre' 707 is too brown. Ay caramba.

      Alexander Girard must have liked brownish hues (ochre, two shades of aborted N7282 brown at Boeing, beige).

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      Post #62852, posted on 04-26-2016 GMT-5 hours    



      Two shots of N1550 at ORD. The brown one is supposedly corrected, but the overexposed version 1 seems closer to actual ochre, but still not spot on.

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      Post #62853, posted on 04-26-2016 GMT-5 hours    


      N1807, nice taxi shot, note the pax in the windows. Too bad this is closer to what would have been the Girard brown. I now realize I have been seeing ochre entirely wrong for over 50 years!

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      Post #62855, posted on 04-26-2016 GMT-5 hours    
      "Yellowbird":

      We were really surprised how difficult it was back in the day to correctly capture the true "JB" colors. We wouldn't have that problem today with digital but slide film was the best chance but being more expensive, it was a much smaller percent of "JB" photos. We could only find the series of 6 ebay slides of that Dallas family trip on the 727 that actually captured Ochre! A freshly painted Ochre was a pretty color but it faded rather quickly and became a flat Brown/Yellow color- Baby **** Yellow, as our eyewitness' Mom used to call it!



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      Post #62865, posted on 04-26-2016 GMT-5 hours    
      Believe it or not, the JC Wings 1/200 N1550 seems to capture some of the orangy glow:



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      Post #65720, posted on 01-24-2017 GMT-5 hours    
      The description paragraph for Ochre suggests that no Ochre aircraft was ever repainted to another color, but we found one, and reported in the Red chapter. Specifically, N1543, painted Ochre early in the pastel program, and shown extensively in BN publicity, was painted Red by 1968.

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      Post #65721, posted on 01-24-2017 GMT-5 hours    
      Duncan:

      A few of those diecasts do capture to 'JB' colors really well! Does look like a good Ochre!!



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