Have You Ever Wondered That Why Are Airplanes White In Color?

Sep 20, 2016

We are so used to certain things in our life that we don’t give a second thought to the existence of the said things. For example, why are the trees green, why do humans have only one head, why do airplanes are white in color? Well, I don’t have the answer to the former two but for the latter one I have really interesting information.
So let’s find some answers.

The pure whiteness of airplanes.

You are looking at a picture of TWA L1011 which has been on the ground for 15 years. And as you can see the white color of it didn’t fade away. When exposed to sun, dark colors fade away especially when they are flying 30,000 feet above the ground with full exposure to UV rays.
On the contrary, white color stays for longer period of time when compared to other colors.

Other colors have additional costs.

Other colors have additional costs.
Painting one airplane costs around $50k to $200k and when you go for other colors the cost will increase.

Plus white color has tremendous thermal advantages.

Plus white color has tremendous thermal advantages.
Source: avsimrus.com
According to science, other colors absorb more heat and hence, they tend to become warmer. White has advantage over other colors on this point as well.

The visibility of white color is more.

The visibility of white color is more.
Source: jp.lt
As you can easily spot anything that is dark on a white piece of cloth, similarly any crack or corrosion can be easily spotted on white color.
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