Looking at this Boeing 767 you'll notice that the nose paint is not lined up with the rest of the paint. But the same model with the same paint scheme on the second image is fine. What is the reason for this?

Paint not aligned

Paint aligned

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    $\begingroup$ It seems to match the paint from an alternative paint scheme which had a straight line between the blue and white sections lining up with the wing. $\endgroup$
    – Miff
    Commented Feb 10, 2023 at 11:12
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    $\begingroup$ This is one of the types of questions that on the surface looks uninteresting but then you realize that you are equally intrigued yourself. There's definitely more than meets the eye here. $\endgroup$
    – Zano
    Commented Feb 12, 2023 at 13:00
  • $\begingroup$ @user985466 -- Since we don't know that the photos were taken around the same time, we don't know whether it is the same plane or not. Generally speaking, your edit may sense, but not for the specific reason you gave when you made the edit (you said they weren't the same plane because the radome paint was different.) "Just saying..." But more to the point, the OP may actually know for a fact that these are the same plane. If so, he/she should roll back the edit -- (and possibly add content to explain how these are known to be the same plane.) $\endgroup$ Commented Feb 13, 2023 at 16:39

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It has a nose radome from another aircraft installed. The aircraft that donated the radome was painted with older TUI livery, where the blue/white border is straight, and in a slightly different place. The joggle in the paint scheme is the edge of the radome. If you put that radome back on the aircraft it came from, the paint lines will match up.

The original radome for that airplane was probably damaged by a bird strike or something on the ground, and they robbed one from another airplane (probably one that was down for maintenance) to dispatch it.

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    $\begingroup$ Here's an image of the livery with the straight line - planespotters.net/photo/1384414/ph-oyj-arke-boeing-767-304erwl $\endgroup$
    – Eric Nolan
    Commented Feb 10, 2023 at 16:05
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    $\begingroup$ Lol, nice. I would have guessed it was a photo stitching error! $\endgroup$ Commented Feb 10, 2023 at 17:05
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    $\begingroup$ @PhilMiller it can happen with any aircraft almost. A KLM 737 flew around for months once with a Transavia nose for example. $\endgroup$
    – jwenting
    Commented Feb 10, 2023 at 20:06
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    $\begingroup$ Any nose cone is better than no nose cone :) $\endgroup$
    – Criggie
    Commented Feb 11, 2023 at 7:03
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    $\begingroup$ @EricNolan seems like you've accidentally posted the same image twice $\endgroup$
    – somebody
    Commented Feb 11, 2023 at 10:20

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