Have Ever Wondered Why Most Planes Are Painted White?

We are all intrigued by everything related to airplanes. But have you ever wondered why commercial planes are usually white? Some may have striped or decorations or name of the carrier on them, but majorly airplanes have a white base color. Well, it’s not just a coincidence, there is an actual reason for it. In fact, white airplanes have a higher resale value than colored ones. So here are the reasons why!

1. White avoids heating up of the plane

White is an amazing reflector of sunlight. It reflects back almost the entire amount of light that falls on it with very less absorption. Other colours have a tendency to absorb light and get heated up. White, on the other hand, gives least gradual heating up, something every airplane would want, not only while the plane is in flight but also when it is parked.


2. Visible dents and cracks

Painting an airplane white makes it easier to inspect any cracks, dents or any form of damage on the surface of the plane. In case of any rusting or corrosion, white makes it easiest to spot any marks.


3. White planes are easier to spot during crashes

When a plane crashes, it is sometimes difficult to spot a plane from up above, especially at night. White planes are easier to notice during a mishap. They are easily spottable through dense foliage as well.


4. Painting is expensive

Given the size of a plane, painting an aeroplane is not an easy task. It would take time, money, manpower and also add to the overall weight of the plane. This adds to the operational cost and airline companies to chose to stay as affordable as possible.


5. White planes have more resale value

Since white color has a lot of advantages, a white plane can get you more money than a colored plane, as the company might want to repaint it. White also doesn’t fade easily hence, there are fair amount of chances that a white one can be reused without any repainting at all. Also, white color has good longevity.


Though there is no written rule that airplanes can’t be painted, still, white is the most common color. You might find a lot of colored planes as well, but companies majorly keep their airplanes white for a longer life.

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