This Is Why Planes Are Always Painted White – It Could Save Your Life


Planes fly high over thousands of feet above the head everyday. When you were just about to board a plane at the airport, have you noticed that most of the planes are white?

Indeed, some airlines have certain characteristics, ranging from lines, decoration, and names in various colors. But the basic color behind it is almost always white. Apparently there is a real reason for that. Here is the reason why most planes are white.

1. It has thermal properties.
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The white color is a great reflector of sunlight and reflects almost all the light that falls on it, not like other colors that absorb some of the light. If there is airplane painted other than white, this will absorb the sun and heat up the fuselage. Of course it's something you want to avoid, right?

Moreover, the white color can also avoid the airframe from heating, which will not only benefit when the plane is flying, but also when the aircraft is parked on the runway. The reason is because it takes a little time to cool the fuselage in clear weather and hot soil conditions. In fact, some aircraft actually need to have a layer of white paint to guarantee the structural sound of the glyph.

2. It is easier to inspect when cracks or dents occur in the fuselage.
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Aircraft are regularly checked for cracks, dents, and other forms of surface damage (for obvious safety reasons). No color works better than white when there are patches to cracks on the surface of the fuselage that are almost always darker.

White can also suppress marks of corrosion and spots of oil leaks (because it leaves a dark colored traces). The plus value of white in an airplane is easier to observe when an accident occurs, especially at night.

3. Because painting a plane is not cheap.
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In matters of money, painting airplanes would require considerable investment, both in terms of money, energy, and time. Painting Boeing and Airbus aircraft takes between two and seven days, depending on the budget. If you have an airline, you will definitely avoid it as much as possible.

4. Colored plane has a lower resale value.
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Now, if you have a color plane and you want to sell it, you have to make sure that the color is not so faded. As you know, the ultimate goal of an airline is to minimize the cost as much as possible.

Buying a colored plane will mean that they may have to paint it white, for the various reasons mentioned above. Therefore, it makes sense that the company will pay you a lower price for a color plane.

5. The white color will not fade.
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When flying at an altitude, it will be exposed to various atmospheric conditions. Colored aircraft tend to fade so it takes a lot of work to paint them in order to maintain the aesthetics of the aircraft. In contrast to a white plane that will not fade significantly, even after spending a considerable amount of time in the air.

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