Bird Liveries and Logos Shorts #1 — Southwest’s Illinois One
Details that you should read first
Yesterday, @SimCaptain requested Southwest’s Illinois One livery, so I’ll write about it here today. I would rather not take requests, but I’ll take SimCaptain’s since I hadn’t made this announcement before the request.
Also, there’s not much to write about, so this will be the first topic in the Shorts category.
Full Name: Southwest Airlines Co.
Founded: March 15, 1967
Fleet Size: 737
*As of June 21, 2020
A Little About Southwest
Southwest is the world’s largest low-cost carrier and the largest operator of 737s. It is based in Dallas Love Field Airport (DAL/KDAL) and operates the -700, -800, MAX 7, and MAX 8 variants of the 737 series. The airline was founded in 1967 by Herbert Kelleher and Rollin King. It commenced scheduled operations in Texas in 1971 and began flying to adjacent states in 1979. It expanded to the Eastern US in the 1990s. Today, before COVID-19, Southwest even operated flights to Hawaii and international destinations. Southwest is known for its upbeat style, as well as its complimentary snacks and beverages. Among planespotters, avgeeks, and IFC members, Southwest is notable for its unique liveries, such as the State One liveries.
Bald Eagle, The Symbol of America
Bald eagle with a fish
The bald eagle (Haliaeetus leucocephalus) is a type of sea eagle that can be found in most of Alaska and Canada, all of the contiguous US, and northern Mexico. They create the largest nest of any North American bird and subsists on fish. It is the national bird of the US, even though they almost faced extinction in the contiguous US. The population numbers have recovered, and are of least concern, unlike the red-crowned crane that I covered yesterday.
Illinois State Flag
The original state flag of Illinois was created by Lucy Derwent between 1914 and 1915. It became the flag of Illinois on July 6, 1915, after it won a contest. In 1969, Chief Petty Officer Bruce McDaniel petitioned to have the name of the state added to the flag because not many people recognized it. The new flag, designed by Sanford Hutchinson, became the official state flag on July 1, 1970.
The Illinois One livery is painted on a 737-7H4, registered as N918WN. According to planespotters.net, the plane is 12.2 years old and is active. The plane is almost entirely painted with the flag of Illinois, except for the vertical stabilizer. In 2015, the stabilizer was repainted from the “Canyon Blue” livery to the current “Heart” livery, but the fuselage remained the same.
N918WN “Illinois One” in the Canyon Blue livery
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