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Why are airplanes coloured white

From assisting in the cooling of the aircraft to reducing bird strikes, here are four reasons commercial aircraft are virtually always painted this color. Perhaps most travelers, even frequent flyers, have thought but never asked: why are most airplanes painted white? 

Naturally, each airline has its own particular branding or livery – consisting of color, visual, and typographic characteristics – but practically all passenger airplanes are painted white below. The following are a few reasons why. 

1 It acts as a reflector of sunlight. 

The primary reason for painting airplanes white or bright colors is to reflect sunlight. Other colors absorb the majority of the light. This is critical because when sunlight is absorbed by an aircraft, it heats the aircraft's body. Not only does painting a passenger plane white reduce heating and potential damage caused by solar radiation while the plane is in flight, but also while it is parked on the runway. 

2 It does not deteriorate. 

When an airplane flies at a high altitude, it is entirely exposed to a variety of atmospheric conditions. Colored airplanes have a tendency to fade over time, necessitating repainting in order to retain their visual appeal. Apart from the fact that paint adds significant weight to an airplane – which results in increased fuel consumption – the paint itself is expensive. On the other hand, an airplane painted white or a light color does not appear dramatically different after a prolonged period of flight. 

3 It makes it easier to spot symptoms of damage. 

Commercial airplanes are routinely inspected for surface damage such as cracks and dents for obvious safety reasons. Nothing works better than white paint because dents, oil spills, and other flaws are almost always darker than white, making them easily visible and repairable. 

4 It helps prevent bird strikes. 

A bird strike occurs when a bird collides with an aircraft in flight, or one that is taking off, landing, or flying at a low altitude. Bird strikes are a frequent occurrence and can pose a serious threat to aircraft safety. White exteriors can improve aircraft visibility and may help birds detect and avoid the aircraft. On the other side, darker aircraft color schemes may lessen the contrast between the aircraft and the visual background. As a result, birds' ability to recognize aircraft in time to prevent collision may be compromised.

Content created and supplied by: Denisdenis (via Opera News )


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