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Crazy, gaudy, clever airplane paint jobs

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Posted at 5:27 PM, Sep 24, 2013
and last updated 2013-09-24 21:57:50-04

(CNN) — Does the paint job of an airplane, otherwise known as its livery, make a difference to you?

Does a pastel rendering of Hello Kitty or a cuddly panda impart a sense of fun and high spirits?

Or does it make you think, “Just who the hell is flying this plane and how serious are they about it, really?”

Either way, airlines around the world have a proud tradition of getting goofy with the looks of their aircraft.

Unusual livery designs are often meant to publicize partnerships or promote special events, such as company anniversaries.

The gallery above shows a few of our favorites over the years.

And if you’re wondering about our answers to the questions above, they’re: yes, yes and yes!

Let us know what you think of creative airplane liveries in the comments section.