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£900,000 to paint a plane?

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by garnett, Jun 18, 2020.

  1. Ryan-3


    Joined: Sep 14, 2009

    Posts: 8,186

    Location: Northumberland

    If it was some horse-drawn carriage turning up in a colony, where the mud-covered locals would be in awe of this fabulous splendour, then I'm sure it would fit their thinking behind it perfectly.

    Perfect timing to get this stuff done, but I'm hardly expecting some paint job to paint over any cracks they're hoping to mend. As the bumbling fool would say himself, if you want trade deals, then get on with it.
  2. Minusorange


    Joined: Nov 25, 2005

    Posts: 5,636

    Irony of sticking a British flag on an aircraft from a European company

    I wonder if Brexists are going to want a rename of the "Euro"Fighter Typhoon as well :D

    I also wonder if they'll get the colours right this time unlike the "blue" passport :p
  3. Maccapacca


    Joined: Apr 13, 2010

    Posts: 16,853

    Location: Sunny Sussex

    No problem no sense
  4. Eurofighter

    Wise Guy

    Joined: Mar 20, 2014

    Posts: 1,680

    Will end up back like the passports
  5. inogen


    Joined: Jul 19, 2009

    Posts: 4,059

    I'm looking forward to seeing it emblazoned in red, white and blue, doing it's other job of mid-air refuelling. Perhaps it can moonlight for the Red Arrows?
  6. sigma


    Joined: Nov 13, 2006

    Posts: 17,973

    It’s probably been outsourced to a company that’s never painted anything before :D
  7. Freakbro


    Joined: Jul 29, 2010

    Posts: 17,502

    Location: Lincs

    Good point, they probably run ferries! ;)
  8. garnett


    Joined: Mar 25, 2008

    Posts: 6,533

    "No one mentioned" is what he claimed. Not the forensic accounting you seem to feel entitled to.
  9. Zefan


    Joined: Jan 15, 2006

    Posts: 29,708

    Location: Tosche Station

    I think you mean "No one mentioned how much it costs to renew the grey paintjob." as in, this job. Not another job. I'm not, nor do I feel entitled to anything :confused:

    Oh it absolutely is, in the past at least. Now things are generally done on a target/deliverable as opposed to cost plus basis.
  10. EdwardTeach


    Joined: Mar 18, 2010

    Posts: 3,458

    It is going to be embarrassing watching ministers flying around in this thing and getting shafted trying to sign trade deals. I am just picturing Boris flying to somewhere like India or China, where we already have a bad rep due to empire, and he arrives in a plane with a massive british flag, subtext "I'm a *******!"

    Best to leave the plane on the runway in Brexitland, if we want to be taken seriously anywhere.

    Maybe it could be used to fly in the chlorinated chicken?
  11. jamoor


    Joined: Jun 22, 2005

    Posts: 8,663

    Location: Nottinghamshire

    Most other countries have planes dedicated to shuttling around VIPs and we have a plane that shared with the Military for military duties as well as well as transporting the PM.

    I think we have spent the money wisely.
  12. Mushy Peas


    Joined: Sep 1, 2010

    Posts: 10,630

    Location: Under the thumb.

    I can get tins of paint down The Range for about a tenner a pop, how many would I need to paint an aircraft?

    Just wondering if the contract is open to offers. I reckon I could do the job for less than 900k.
  13. Hades


    Joined: Oct 19, 2002

    Posts: 24,415

    Location: Surrey

    Completely agree. Considering the high profile people who will be using the aircraft I would imaging it's also not a typical paint but something with very anti-radar properties. It should also be kept in mind that tight security would need to be in place during the painting to ensure no bugs or trackers are smuggled onboard. So the cost will probably include those security measures as well. This is not like taking your car into the local body shop.
  14. TrannyBill


    Joined: Aug 31, 2017

    Posts: 93

    I'm not so sure about the anti-radar paint thing.
    But even if that were the case, surely the bog standard grey livery would be the same already.
  15. Nasher


    Joined: Nov 22, 2006

    Posts: 16,923

    I bet its not 900k for just paint. Just repainting it as part of 900k being spent on it. The press love to gloss over the details.
  16. Raikiri


    Joined: Jul 5, 2005

    Posts: 17,291

    Location: Brighton

    Don't gloss it too, that's another 300k.
  17. Hades


    Joined: Oct 19, 2002

    Posts: 24,415

    Location: Surrey

    I see what you did thar!
  18. Diddums


    Joined: Oct 24, 2012

    Posts: 19,544

    Location: London

    Where's Corbyn anyway? Isn't he supposed to be telling us that we could feed a billion illegal immigrants and send them to riot training for that money?
  19. Six6siX


    Joined: Nov 25, 2004

    Posts: 4,769

    Location: Hertfordshire

    Wonder which tory pal has just started a business painting planes.
  20. Maccy


    Joined: Nov 23, 2004

    Posts: 36,650

    Location: Herts

    Think you must've missed the recent memo about a new Labour leader?