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10 airliners with creative paint jobs

By: Josh Lew on Sept. 16, 2015, 3:37 p.m.
Greta Garbo's portrait graces the tail of a Norwegian Air Shuttle plane

Photo: ERIC SALARD/flickr

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Norwegian Air Shuttle portraits

Norwegian Air Shuttle has become the third largest low-cost carrier in Europe. It offers a number of flights within Scandinavia and also provides service to major European cities and to vacation destinations along the Mediterranean. Norwegian's planes feature a distinct red nose and white body. The tail fins are the most interesting part of the design scheme. They have portraits of important historical figures from Norway, Sweden, Denmark and Finland.

Non-Scandinavians might be familiar with some of the "tail fin heroes": movie icon Greta Garbo (at right), painter Edvard Munch (who painted "The Scream"), literary luminary Hans Christian Andersen and philosopher Søren Kierkegaard. Other historical figures from the worlds of academics and literature grace the tails, as do Scandinavian military heroes and explorers. Part of the fun of flying on Norwegian is seeing who you get on the tail of your airplane.