Have you’ve ever seen a painted custom aircraft? Well then, if you do, you know a standard aircraft just won’t do it anymore. Some of them are so innovative that, to tell the truth, it shocked us. Jumbo jets painted for commercial purposes, private jets painted. However, the owner wants, and all of them are here, the most intimidating military aircraft ever! You’re going to love this one.
Sea Turtles That Can Fly
The first of three A380s for All Nippon Airways (ANA) is to roll out of the Airbus Paintshop in Hamburg, Germany. It bears the distinctive and special Hawaiian sea turtle livery of the airline. ANA is Japan’s first customer for the superjumbo, and in the custom aircraft paint job you see here, all three ANA A380s will be painted, depicting sea turtles that are native to Hawaii. The airline will operate its aircraft on the popular Narita-Honolulu leisure route. The first aircraft will be blue, while the second will be green, and the third will be orange. It took 21 days for the Airbus team to paint a 3,600 m2 using 16 different shades of color. The ANA A380 is one of the most elaborate ever painted by Airbus.
A much-talked-about, little-seen Royal Canadian Air Force CF-18 Demo Jet. With an artistic representation of the maple leaf, this custom-painted fighter jet has Canada’s hallmark red and white-the de facto symbol of our northern brethren. At the RCAF’s 150th Anniversary Air Show back in 2017, also known as Canada150, the CF-18 fighter jet was revealed. The top speed of the CF-18 is a whopping 1,127 miles per hour, fast enough never to notice this amazing, colorful fighter jet as it flies faster overhead than the speed of sound! Think about the polished look of this aircraft, and then compare it with the next one …
No Cares on Nokair Airlines
One of several members of an exciting fleet of aircraft called Nokair is what you’re looking at here. But what you’re looking at more precisely is the Boeing 737-800, painted like a duck. You know that this is just one of their fun, kooky custom aircraft paint jobs if you’re familiar with the airline. They have a whole line of wildlife-centric planes that are painted. But this one is the coolest custom-painted Boeing that we could easily find belonging to Nokair. Boeing passenger jets are designed not to go over 1,000 miles per hour but to hold many passengers. The next plane is exactly the opposite …
Aircraft Come Home To Roost
That’s right… the ‘ole single-prop, two-passenger aircraft was painted and rooster-shaped. You see these things all the time, don’t you? Truthfully, even then, we can’t tell if it’s the most amazing or worst aircraft we’ve yet to see. Jury says: amazing. The eye for detail on the aircraft/rooster head is not at all remarkable. If you look closely, to give this kooky aircraft its final appearance, the person piloting this aircraft has an old-school leather helmet and goggles. We love it. Just as colorful, but probably a lot safer, is the next custom-painted aircraft.
Make-A-Wish Rainbow Jet
One of the most unmistakable aircraft ever to grace the skies is the private jet shown below. With the name ‘Dream Chaser 5,’ model 35 of the Lear Jet, the Lear Jet was donated by Denver-based International Jet Aviation, an aircraft charter, and management company. Depending on their particular wishes, this particular aircraft was used to ferry seriously ill children worldwide. Since 1990, the company has been operating these flights on different aircraft from time to time. These were the last flights on this aircraft, which will be withdrawn from service by 2019. Kudos to a special jet with a great mission and a better custom paint job. It’s hard to think of a category for this next one…
NATO Tiger Meet
The world was introduced to this bad boy during the 2003 NATO Tiger Meet, a multi-national training exercise that has been going on for over 50 years. One of the coolest aircraft paint jobs we have ever seen was awarded to the Mirage 2000RDI 83/12-YL from the host unit EC 1/12 that you see here. See how it has been done in detail, including the glint in the eyes of the tiger. But what a good thing is a lovely paint job, if it can’t even fly! This Mirage broke down before it could fly its mission. What a bummer. The next fighter jet with the animal’s eyes took to the air with no problem at all …
NATO Tiger Meet pt. 2
This is a Dassault Rafale M fighter jet from France painted with an ‘Arctic Tiger’ look. How do you like this one, compared to the last big cat-themed fighter jet? The Dassault Rafale, custom painted, is intimidating, that’s for sure. We love how the entire aircraft’s white and black make the red eyes pop that much more. They also painted this aircraft for the NATO Tiger Meet. The next aircraft …. not so much.
Just keep swimming, just keep swimming…that’s what the Nemo-themed aircraft is all about. If you saw the Finding Nemo movie, then it’s an obvious custom painted plane. Well done, as well. In the Czech Republic, Pink Aviation operates this beauty; and the aircraft you’re looking at is a Short SC-7 Skyvan 3-100. If Santa’s Reindeers were actually A-10 Warthogs, then the next plane is what it would look like on Christmas Eve …
A(-10) Warthog Christmas
What a magnificent! When the Warthog is not in the classic battle-gray color jobs, one of the rare times is the Fairchild Republic A-10 Thunderbolt II paint scheme. This personalized A-10 Warthog is a certified head-turner, complete with reindeer, Christmas wreaths, and the red and green coloration we have come to associate with the holidays. The only other time you’re going to see an A-10 paint job may just be on the next slide …
A-10 Warthog As It Was Meant To Be
Yes, that’s more like it! All of us have come to know and love the A-10, but with a twist. We’ve all seen the classic Warthog, but this olive drab green with a nose paint job is worth a little bit more. This paint scheme for A-10 is just mean! I’d hate to be on the receiving end of this bad boy. We’ve got many funky aircraft in this post, but in this slide, we had to throw them back at a very real, very intimidating ground attack aircraft. Speaking of funky, though …
The appropriately titled “SexyJet” is this gnarly Gulfstream GV operated by Clay Lacy Aviation. The chameleon-like coloration of this Gulfstream custom is one-of-a-kind and not cheap either. A full-sized galley, equipped for cold and hot food preparation, power outlets for office equipment, fold-out work tables, and private lavatory are included in the Gulfstream GV jet cabin. Two Rolls-Royce engines provide the power for the Gulfstream GV. This custom Gulfstream paint scheme is truly elite as far as custom aircraft paint jobs go. Our next aircraft is uh …. not as simple as that if you will. Well, see for yourself.
Alien Tiger Hind
Another aircraft that got all glammed up for the NATO Tiger Meet was this beauty came home with some hardware. The NATO Tiger Meet was held in 2016 in Zaragoza, Spain, where the aircraft you see here, entitled “Tiger Hind,” ended up winning the Best looking Tiger Aircraft award. So the painted custom helicopter is a sight, that’s for sure. It’s not the last custom helicopter paint scheme you’ll see today, don’t worry. The next aircraft may just be the sleekest of them all. And one of the few chosen ones to see in a battle, too.
Simply gorgeous! Perhaps the sleekest aircraft paint scheme on this list is the Digi-camo paint job on this Russian fighter jet, if not all the time. Now, if you’re following the U.S. Air Force closely, You may have seen a recent USAF F-16 paint job that looks eerily similar to this one. Well, given that this jet is almost identical to the USAF’s F-22 Raptor, we think it’s fair that because they steal entire fighter jet ideas, the Air Force can steal a paint job idea. But we’re getting off-topic anyway … this is as cool as they come. On to something a little bit more … powered by batteries …
Duracell AA Batteries Powered This Aircraft
This custom paint job of the Duracell batteries on the front of what looks like a C-130 Hercules aircraft is a great one. We love the custom aircraft painting jobs that are so easy yet, so efficient-it looks like a battery! Furthermore, these Duracell AA batteries go into a big bin for donations from Toys for Tots makes it all the greater. Big thanks to all those involved, particularly those involved in creating that amazing custom C-130 paint job! Next up is another military aircraft, and boy is it a beauty.
Royal Netherlands F-16 Fighter Jet
In their aerobatics display teams, the Royal Netherlands Air Force has quite a collection of loud and colorful aircraft. The fighter jet F-16 was used by the Netherlands Demo team (they are no longer in service), and the AH-64D Apache Solo Display Team uses the AH-64 Apache helicopter. This is the orange F-16 used by the Netherlands, and this guy’s one heck of a custom jet fighter, wouldn’t you say? Now, the next aircraft isn’t the custom AH-64 helicopter the Dutch have used in their displays, but we’d like to … click to see the wildest helicopter we’ve seen so far.
Hungarian Air Force Mi-24V Hind
The Mil Mi-24 is, technically speaking, a large artillery helicopter and attack helicopter with a low capacity for transporting troops. Export versions of the Mi-25 and Mi-35 include variants of the Mi-24. But, realistically speaking, the Hungarian Air Force’s Mi-24V custom-painted aircraft is the most appealing, fun, and intimidating helicopter we’ve ever seen. This thing cries out like an eagle from tail to tip. This custom painting job for helicopters really is something else.
There Is Only Do, Or Do Not
And all Nippon Airline DOES when it comes to incredible custom painting jobs on commercial aircraft. This is just incredible, not one but three Star Wars-themed airplanes. These ANA aircraft with custom painted graphics are such a cool idea, and you’re bound to increase your fanbase anytime you can pepper Star Wars into your product. What a great visual right here. Almost as cool as the next one…
Southwest and Colorado, A Match Made In Heaven (or 35,000 ft.)
With this one, Southwest Airlines hit the nail on the head. Southwest airplanes carry a lot of traffic through Denver, so it is a good idea to pander to the state of Colorado. With this custom painted Southwest aircraft, Southwest flights departing Denver just got a whole lot cooler. Colorado’s state flag is well represented here, and we are glad it is because it could be the cleanest and crispest aircraft here. Not to be outdone, Nike has come up with a nice little plane …
Custom Painted Nike Jet – Just Do It
Private jets that are extremely expensive are Gulfstreams. Scratch that, wait. There are no cheap private jets, so let’s just say that this Gulfstream G550 is a jet, okay? But this jet is not a normal jet painted white or gray. This jet is more than just a few coats of paint. How the dark shade of blue at the jet’s nose changes to light blue is simply riveting. This is a professionally crafted airline paint job. This private jet from Nike is just too amazing.
Alaska – Where Dreams Come True
The star of this plane’s aircraft painting is Peter Pan’s Tinkerbell. But do not be fooled. This isn’t just a gig for Tinkerbell. As a result of a partnership between Alaska Airlines and Disneyland, this plane was commissioned to look like this. Reimagining Disneyland on a plane was the great thinking behind the design. And, we must say, it definitely worked. Custom painting jobs for Alaska Airlines … we’re here for it. We’ve got one more Alaska airplane right here for you …
Sled Dogs and Grizzly Bears
Mush! This awesome bear-y sled-dog and airplane painting job for the Alaskan wilderness is forward-thinking. Well, at least forward-moving. In our opinion, commercial airliners with cool painting schemes are cooler than private jets. If only we could show up and see one of this outside at our own airport gate, that would be something.
The Business End
As intimidating as an aircraft can humanly be is the Warthog. It’s got a canon the size of a small car, and it’s bad news for the enemy forces. But we’re not here for guns and canons to talk about. We are here to talk about paintings, and the design of this plane’s mouth traces its roots back to the World War II tradition. Snarling animals have been painted on the mouths of fighter jets, according to this tradition. What could we say? We wanted the enemy to really know that we meant business. A-10 Warthog, custom painted. We love you. The next one also has teeth … but it looks quite different.
My, What Lovely Teeth You Have
Listen, we’re going, being honest — we don’t know what’s going on. The one thing we know is that this is a Skyvan 3-100 Short SC-7, but beyond that, we have absolutely no clue as to what is going on. The teeth are oversized, the lips are weird, the color scheme is funky, and a tooth, whatever it is, is missing if you look close enough. Let’s move forward, shall we?
The British Are Coming
The British Aerospace Hawk T.1A used by the United Kingdom’s Royal Air Force has one of the most patriotic jobs we have seen in painting (is it patriotic if it’s not the United States?). The Hawk T1, with a tandem cockpit, is a British-built single-engine jet trainer. The Hawk was first flown in 1974 and has served for nearly 40 years as an advanced training aircraft. The wings of the next aircraft have wings …
Wings on Wings
The Oregon National Guard F-15E fighter jet painted as a bald eagle is an elite custom aircraft painting job. The F-15 Eagle is a jet fighter for air superiority with an unparalleled record of air-to-air combat performance. In 1972, the first F-15 Eagle took off and was actively maintained within the U.S. Air Force and U.S. Air National Guard.
This is a butterfly-inspired aircraft paint scheme made in Arizona for a private prop aircraft. The gradient of yellow, orange, and red contrasts well with the wings’ angles framed in blue. It’s not Pepsi blue altogether, but it’s a nice blue. Well, speaking of Pepsi…
Fastest Soda Of All Time
The Concorde! Before that, you’ve heard about this legendary aircraft, probably because of its monster speed. The top speed of the Concorde goes above Mach 2. But here’s the funny thing about this Pepsi aircraft and the custom paint job-in order for the aircraft to go full speed, the livery on the classic Concorde must be white. Since this one is painted blue, this aircraft’s top velocity is only 1.7 Mach. Still, ultra-fast – but not as fast as the rest of the Concordes. To infinity, and beyond!
What could be better than the thirty-foot Buzz Lightyear painted on the side of an airplane? Well, not a lot, we bet. In partnership with Pixar, China Eastern Airlines has given this plane a stunning makeover that looks utterly stunning. When boarding the plane, passengers get a special Toy Story themed boarding pass to make things even better. There’s nothing better than a custom aircraft from Toy Stories, is there?
Sure, you love Star Wars. But do you have enough love for the franchise to have it painted on a plane? Not a lot of individuals do. Nevertheless, All Nippon Airways obviously does. The airline launched its Star Wars-themed airplane after signing a licensing agreement with Disney. Hmm, we’re wondering which aircraft painter has done this job.
Paint Splattered Private Jet
This isn’t a passenger plane, unlike many other aircraft on this list. Well, it is, but it isn’t a regular one. This is an M2 Charter Jet and, in some circles, could be called a private jet. And yes, even if it looks like the work of a six-year-old, this painting of an aircraft is actually real. The giant spots of color may look thoughtless, but there was probably a lot of thought put into it by the aircraft painters. We think.
Eye of the Tiger
This plane is the brainchild of a Rossi Airlines-Amur Tiger center collaboration. The aircraft, a Boeing 737, has a gorgeous Amur Tiger on its nose. It took about 500 kilos of paint to complete the painting, which tells you just how enormous it is. You should also know that it was painted free-hand by the airline painter. That requires some serious ability, don’t you say? Now, some seriously old jets!
Let It Go
All right, let me tell you this. You would need about a hundred and seventy gallons of paint in over twenty-three different colors if you had any plans to paint a frozen scene on your plane. At least we know that’s what the Canadian WestJet airline needed to complete this painting of the stunt airline. It’s funny that Frozen is the theme of that painting, but it looks so fiery and alive! We’ve got a Shark Tank up next.
Look at it. This shark face would make people with galeophobia wish that they had packed aircraft paint remover before traveling. However, we feel that this frightening airline painting job would have been more at home on a ship or, better yet, on a submarine. We mean, sharks don’t fly, do they? We told you we were done with Warthog’s A-10 … but it looks like we were lying. Check this out.
This is a side view of the Su-57 from Russia (top) and the F-16 from the U.S. Air Force. Pretty much the same, right? It smells like roses in here, huh? It’sIt’s about to…
Roses Are Red
Savvy, handsome, and private, just as a jet ought to be. The private baby blue jet with flowers and crows is about as good looking as a custom paint job for a private jet could be. This is definitely not a whale-like the next one …
The Whale Plane!
Not only does this aircraft have a great paint job, but it also has an uncanny resemblance to what is painted on it as well. The Beluga whale (except for the wings, of course) looks almost exactly like this Airbus. The aircraft painter commissioned for this work has, without a doubt, expertly brought out the similarities between the two beings. If you think now that the shape of this aircraft is strange, you’re probably not alone. The reason for this is that this aircraft is the world’s biggest commercial aircraft.
This plane was given this makeover as part of the “Icelandair Stopover” campaign by Icelandair. The beautiful colors of the plane display the famous lights of the North. What makes the country so famous is this natural phenomenon, and it seems they just wanted to show it to the world. This must definitely be one of the best jobs in aircraft painting we’ve ever seen. Or have you ever seen a better one?