airbrush artist chris coakley, a worker at goodrich aerospace in everett, wash., paints an alaska airlines 737, now called the "salmon-thirty-salmon," to look like a giant king salmon friday. a crew of 30 painters spent 24 days on the job.
so, you landed a big king salmon this summer? it can't compare to the colossal king alaska airlines plans to land this morning in anchorage.
the seattle-based carrier has painted nearly the full length of a boeing 737-400 passenger jet as a wild alaska king, or chinook, salmon. the airline has dubbed its flying fish the "salmon-thirty-salmon."
it's a bold promotional move to celebrate wild alaska seafood and also the carrier's role in hauling millions of pounds of fresh salmon, halibut, crab, shrimp and other seafood out of the state each year.
the fishy paint job was done on a grand scale, company spokesmen said. a team of 30 painters and airbrush artists used more than 140 gallons of paint and took 24 days to render the lifelike chinook -- triple the time normally needed to coat an airliner.
so? what's the gag you ask?
let me borrow the words of someone else ::
yes people, [color=#33cc00]$500,000 (five. hundred. thousand. dollars.) of federal grant money was spent to paint the ****ing airplane like a gosh-golly fish.
my god. did we elect monkeys to run this ****ing country? did we elect borderline retards?
$500 grand. for a salmon-forty-salmon.
you tax dollars hard at work, ladies and gents!