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      Post #78602, posted on 07-15-2021 GMT-5 hours    
      Hi,

      I'm curious when exactly PSA started painting their famous smile on the noses of their aircraft.
      The earliest I can find a reference picture is a February 1972 timetable cover with the smile on a Boeing nose.
      I have seen earlier timetables with photos of Boeing 727's with the smile painted - or airbrushed - onto their noses. I have also heard references to the "smileliners" appearing as early as 1970.

      So... when exactly did PSA aircraft start grinning?


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      Post #78616, posted on 07-17-2021 GMT-5 hours    
      Early to mid 60's according to psa history .org

      If it has wings I can crash it !!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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      Post #78617, posted on 07-17-2021 GMT-5 hours    
      1972. I have verified this by reviewing pictures on Airliners.net I first saw one flying over my house, on approach to BUR, and didn't know what that black line was. I went out to the airport and it was instantly apparent. While it was first applied on the PSA scheme of the 1960's, it only appeared in 1972. All of the fleet was soon repainted in the new three color scheme with the smile.

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      Post #78618, posted on 07-17-2021 GMT-5 hours    
      Hi Chernoff,

      OK...thanks for the info.
      I suspected they airbrushed the smile on a 1971 timetable.

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      Post #78621, posted on 07-18-2021 GMT-5 hours    
      One interesting fact was that once PSA adopted the "smile," new airplanes left the manufacturer sans-smile. It was not painted on until the airline actually took delivery of the aircraft. Pre-delivery test flights are in full scheme except for the smile. Unfortunately I no longer have the reference in my library, but IIRC, this was information from the excellent book "Poor Sailor's Airline."

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