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Thursday, March 09, 2006 

Aviation Photos 5

Continued from Aviation Photos 4

Airlines often apply special liveries on their aircraft from time to time as a means of promotion of an event or attraction. The images today are examples of some of these liveries. Aviation spotters and photographers tend to search these "specials" out as they are usually temporary and make great additions to their image library or sighting log (yes, diehard spotters keep logs).

Los Angeles, California

This Boeing 747-400 from Air Pacific in Fiji is known as "Island of Viti Levu" and bears images of two famous resort islands on her fuselage.

Los Angeles, California

Each side of the fuselage is adorned with a different image. Incidentally, this particular airplane belongs to Singapore Airlines and has been on a dry lease to Air Pacific since 2003.

Los Angeles, California

This bright baby blue Boeing 737-400 is "The Spirit of Disneyland" belonging to Alaska Airlines. The aircraft was painted back in 2002 when major marketing initiatives were formed between Alaska Airlines and the Disneyland Resort.

Los Angeles, California

Air New Zealand took advantage of popularity generated by the Lord of the Rings trilogy and painted several of their aircraft as "specials". Commonly known as the "Frodo Aircraft", this particular Boeing 747-400 has the image of Frodo and Sam Gamgee set against a backdrop of a map depicting the Shire and Hobbiton. The special decal consisted of 240 different individual pieces which were applied by hand over an area of 600 square meters.

More images in Aviation Photos 6.

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