Graphics specialist Joel Freeland in TechOps
used AutoCAD software to create a full-scale
image showing how, exactly, the design would
wrap around the fuselage. It’s challenging to
take a flat design and adapt it to a 3-D plane
with all its curves, so a trial was done first
on a small-scale model.
Then came time to paint. Talented aircraft
painters, many of whom have brought to life
special liveries and designs over the past
several decades, got to work, carefully layering
on the unique shade of pink across the expanse
of the widebody jet. Painters used a special
paint containing a pigment that reflects about
90 percent of visible light, compared to 30
percent of normal paint.
Once finished and dried, the plane was put back
into service today headed to
breast cancer awareness across the globe.
always nice to have the opportunity to be
involved in something that has this much impact
on someone’s family that has been touched by
[breast cancer],” Freeland said.