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Wardair - The Painting of TOBY

The Repainting of C-FTOB Boeing B747-133 into Wardair Livery

Slideshow and Pictures 1 to 3
Wardair - The Painting of TOBY Slideshow- C-FTOB Boeing B747-133
Painting of TOBY Slideshow
Arrival day in the Wardair Hangar at Toronto Pearson International Airport - EI-BRR is in Nigeria Airways Colours following a short lease for the 1986 HADJ Operation - Wardair - The Painting of TOBY
Arrival day in the Wardair Hangar
Removing the Nigeria Airways Paint Reveals the Air Canada Titles  - Wardair - The Painting of TOBY - C-FTOB Boeing B747-133
Revealing the Air Canada Titles
A Very Big Job - Overview of the size of the task ahead of the Paint Shop Team  - Wardair - The Painting of TOBY - C-FTOB Boeing B747-133
A Very Big Job

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Pictures 4 to 7
Stripping of the Paint was the Easy Part - With the  paint all now removed, the task at hand becomes apparent; to clean and prime the fuselage for the painting process - Wardair - The Painting of TOBY - C-FTOB Boeing B747-133
Easy Bit Done
A Grubby Toby - But Paint Free - Another photograph from the Heater Platform for a better view of 'Toby' showing all the paint removed - Wardair - The Painting of TOBY - C-FTOB Boeing B747-133
A Grubby Toby
A White Tail - With the tail all painted white and looking very nice indeed. A section of the fuselage is now primed ready for the first white coat - Wardair - The Painting of TOBY - C-FTOB Boeing B747-133
A White Tail
Clean, Prime then Spray - With the white paint being applied in sections, it allows other areas to be primed ready for their turn to be sprayed white - Wardair - The Painting of TOBY - C-FTOB Boeing B747-133
Clean, Prime then Spray

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Pictures 8 to 11
Wardair Title Masking - The new white paint is now dry enough for masking out the Wardair fuselage titles - Wardair - The Painting of TOBY - C-FTOB Boeing B747-133
Wardair Title Masking
Seeing Red - The Red Sweeping Stripe of the Wardair Livery appears for the first time, but at this stage still had to be rubbed down. However once complete, Mr Ward inspected progress and was not happy with the finish, and so all of this work on the Red Stripe had to be re-done - Wardair - The Painting of TOBY - C-FTOB Boeing B747-133
Seeing Red
Nice Freighter! - From this view the Aircraft looks like a 747 Freighter! The windows at this point are still masked over as other finishing touches are made. But Toby' was definitely now a Wardair aircraft - Wardair - The Painting of TOBY
Nice Freighter!
Nearly There: The make shift screening has now been removed to reveal a sister ship in on check. 'Toby' now has registration C-FTOB Applied and Wardair have retained the old Air Canada fleet number: 302 - Wardair - The Painting of TOBY
Nearly There

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Picture 12
Wow! A Shiny Toby.  Mr Ward was always very particular with the under fuselage being highly polished natural metal - Wardair - The Painting of TOBY
Wow! A Shiny Toby

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Douglas Holland Writes:
This album covers the repainting of Boeing B747-133 c/n 20014 Line Number 121 from its arrival in the Wardair hangar at Toronto, Pearson International as EI-BRR in Nigeria Airways Colours after being purchased from GPA Leasing who had delivered it to Air Canada Maintenance just prior to the sale.

This Aircraft had been delivered new to Air Canada in March 1971 and had only been sold to GPA Leasing in May 1985. But although it had been with them for 15 Months it had served lease time with six Airlines.

On Purchased Wardair restored the original registration of C-FTOB. As the paint was stripped off, a faded Air Canada scheme was revealed.

To follow the rest of the story of the repaint, you will have to view the Picture Pages, but once in service, it continued first with Wardair and then after the takeover with Canadian Airlines International, until June 1990.

External Links:

Wardair   : The Canadian Encyclopedia Entry  -  The Wikipedia Entry

Max Ward: The Canadian Encyclopedia Entry  -  The Wikipedia Entry

From the table of Operators below it appears TOBY led an adventurous Life:

TOBY the Operator History
Registration Operator DATE Comments
 CF-TOB  Air Canada   18 March 1971  Delivered NEW
 C-FTOB  Guniness Peat Aviation (GPA)  2 May 1985  
 EC-DXE  Iberia  03 May 1985  Leased
 EI-BRR  Guniness Peat Aviation (GPA)  06 November 1985  Re-registered
 EI-BRR  Middle East Airlines (MEA)  30 May 1986  Leased
 EI-BRR  Olympic Airways   June 1986  Sub-Leased
 EI-BRR  EgyptAir  27 June 1986  Sub-Leased
 EI-BRR  Nigeria Airways   July 1986  Sub-Leased
 C-FTOB  Wardair  28 October 1986  Bought
 N621FE  FedEx  06 June 1990  
 C-FTOB  Nationair  15 December 1992  
 TF-ABR  Air Atlanta Icelandic  22 May 1993  
 TF-ABR  Saudi Arabian Airlines  29 January 1994  Leased
 N874UM  ATASCO   December 1994  
 TF-ABR  Air Atlanta Icelandic  March 1995  STATUS AS OF January 2009 Unknown
    Information from JetPhotos.Net Aircraft Census Database


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