Alaska Airlines Commemorative aircraft Spirit of the Islands plane Boeing 737-800. Honolulu high school student Aaron Nee designed Alaska’s “Spirit of the Islands” livery honoring the Aloha State after winning a statewide “Paint-the-Plane” contest in 2013.
As the grand prize, Nee’s artwork adorns the Alaska Airlines Boeing 737-800 jet honoring the unique culture of the Aloha State. Nee’s entry was one of three finalists selected by a panel of judges. It was then picked the winner in an online vote open to Hawaii residents.
Alaska Airlines sponsored the contest in partnership with the Hawaii Department of Education and Hawaii Association of Independent Schools. The winning design depicts a voyaging canoe, a bright yellow hibiscus, the Hawaiian island chain and the phrase “Spirit of the Islands.”
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The 129-foot-long Boeing 737-800 has a wingspan of 117 feet and a cruising speed of 530 mph.
A crew of 18 worked around the clock for 24 days at Aviation Technical Services in Everett, Wash., to paint the plane, which required 26 colors and about 140 gallons of paint, including 20 gallons of primer. In addition, 28,800 yards of masking tape were used.
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