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Post #54793, posted on 10-16-2014 GMT-5 hours
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Panagra Yellow was to be the 2nd H &m G created'tribute' color to be introduced into the "JB" fleet and would become the more successful of the two. New information from the Braniff Preservation Group, from an interview with Philip George (Harper & George Ad Agency) confirms that BOTH DKPG and PY were NOT exact copies of the Panagra colors but were 'inspirations' from the two! The DC-8 actual Panagra Green was an attractive color in combination with the Yellow but as a solid 'inspired' H & G 'JB' color was pretty much a disaster, as Eric's 727 DKPG profile showed!
While DGPG was applied some 6-months before the first Panagra Yellow, PY would finish out the "JB"-era, while the DKPG's would disappear by the end of 1968.
According to Chris, this Bob Polaneczky 1969 photo is a perfect example of the typical Panagra Yellow, which really was closer in tone to the Ochre family (Chapter #3)! N7271 was an original Lemon Yellow that is shown here on it's first PY re-paint that was done in late 1967, before the un-painted rudders and tail cone area began appearing.
Bob Garrard captured N7096 in 1970 and PY did become a favorite for the BI long-range A/C during the final 'JB' era years with a pair of 707-327C's (N7096 & N7098), along with a pair of DC-8-62's and (1) 707-227 (N7073). Chris remembers a clean or freshly painted Panagra Yellow's as not a bad color but clearly not as fondly remembered as the brighter Lemon Yellow. There were no PY -327C's deliveries.
With it's introduction in the summer of 1967, PY would be applied to just (2) factory-delivered A/C (a -62 and a 727-27). N1803, arrived in August 1967 wearing it's freshly applied Panagra Yellow. N1804, an original H & G Medium Blue, would be re-painted in PY and these (2) -62's would finish out the 'JB'-era in Panagra Yellow. Even this early photo shows the overall "Ochre-ish" look on a brand new A/C!
Richard Silagi captured this great flightline shot of the only factory-delivered 727-27 in July 1967. We confirmed that none of the 727-27(C)'s were delivered with un-painted rudders or double-outlined exits. Panagra Yellow was sort of a Yellow with a bit of Orange and you can get the overall look in this RARE close-up.
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This 1969 Bob Polaneczky photo shows the only PY 707-227 N7073 at it's worst! This photo has a Blue film tint which makes the PY look a dirty Beige or Ochre. Even for Chris, some of the many off-color PY's are
difficult to ID! You can get the idea that even a correct Panagra Yellow was not favorite, compared to some of the other "Jellybean's". We were originally going to have Eric's 727 profile as N7289 but a B & W photo of N7277 would change our mind. The Russell Straw photo shows the PY 727-27C (according to BI records) in Houston with a photo date of August 1974!
While most 'JB' fans dislike B & W photos-for obvious reasons, this photo most likely is showing the final "JB" in service and it would have had to have been re-painted in the early 2-Tone period, as most "JB" painjobs lasted 2-yrs. N7277 is showing (2) interesting 'contract' paintjob indicators; no "Boeing 727" decal on the engine nacelle and a larger U.S. tail flag-probably one for a DC-8 or 707. It was probably no accident that N7277 was in Panagra Yellow, as we have a theory that this 727 was a South American-based A/C. N7275 was another 727 that in it's early years in (Original) Dark Blue, shows up only twice and both in Mexico photos. It's possible that BI wanted to keep a Panagra Yellow 727, as they were changing over to the new 2-Tone scheme during the early application period that began in July 1971. We will discuss in detail the 727-100's in an upcoming 2-part "727-100 Painting Tips"......
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Though Braniff did look a the CV-880, as the domestic partner for the 707-227, eventually they did decide on the 720-another 'loss' for General Dynamics! (3) 720-27's were ordered with an additional (3) -27's arriving by 1963. At the start of the "Jellybean" era, there would be (9) 720's, (1) 720-48 purchased in 1964 from Aer Lingus and (2) 720-48's being leased for 6-months and arriving as "Half JB's"! The 720's would remain a major part of the BI fleet, surviving until 1973, longer than the 707-227's (1971) and the 707-327C's (most sold off by 1972).
This inflight is actually the short-lived Pariwinkle Blue (Lavender) N7076 and unfortunately is the best image we could find of the top wings and it appears the flaps are white but there is a small top view that we can add in, that does show unpainted wing flaps, so it appears that the White wings flaps were not used in service.
This Jon Proctor 1967 photo of N7079 (a color but shown in B & W for this section) gives an excellent overall look of the first 1965-67 period. The Black exits were added beginning in May 1966. The 3-digit number appears below the cockpit window, though the location would vary or sometimes not be used!
The Turbo-jet engines would remain White throughout the 1965-71 period on both the 727-227's and 720-27's, while the (4) ex-Qantas -138B's would get their White engine paint removed by 1971.
This Manfred Winter photo shows the Lemon Yellow N7082 720-48 lease from Aer Lingus. N7083 was also leased and it's color is controversial, as we believe it was intended to be another Lavender but was actually painted in a mid to dark -Blue color that was not differentiated by Braniff in their records but we will be presenting our case for this color in the final "JB'era" Chapter with (2) newly discover close-up photos that prove that a 3rd Blue was used AFTER Periwinkle Blue was quietly dropped after 1-month! The problem is that most BI 'historians' will just say that this 'Blue' was a bad mix of paint.
This Bob Polaneczky 1969 photo shows that there were exceptions to the 1968 'double-exits', as this 720 only has Black exits. For it's next re-paint, the A/C would get the double-exits and the so called "High-Line" demarcation fuselage paint line. The rear fuselage fin would remain un-painted, as on the 707-227's.
This 1970 close-up from our private collection photos, show the final 1970-71 "High-Line" paint demarcation line and clearly shows that the underwings were painted White. This photo gives all the ID's for the final 1970-71 720 period, including the double-exits. These final 720's were very attractive "JB"s and offer the modeler a nice late period option.
Though the 727's would replace the 720's on many domestic routes, the "JB" 720's were an important part of the 'Jellybean' fleet and would remain so right through the 'JB'era and into the early '2-Tone' era.....
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1) "PASTEL" 1965-66: AVERAGE- 'unfortunately, BI decided to paint the early 'JB' 720's in color pairs, so there would be no (Dark) Panagra Green, Sky Blue, Lemon Yellow or Turquoise'
2) "H & G" 1967-69: AVERAGE- ' it was a little better in the later 'JB' era years with just (3) colors not appearing on the 720's; (Light) Panagra Green, (New) Lime Green and Red'
3) "HIGH-LINE" 1970-71: EXCELLENT- ' this would be the best period in this category, as ALL the (6) 720-27's would be painted in the 'High-Line' scheme (shown above). Only the 720's, 707-227's and 707-138B's would wear this scheme but the turbo-jets (720 and 707-227's) would retain their White engines to the end of the 'JB' era'
Just received this from Ben-BFC, it's from a BI Annual Report and gives the best Top view of the 720 wing!
For some reason the original full size Panagra Yellow Chip wasn't used, so here it is in the standard "JB-era" Memories size....