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Is American Ridding Of Black-nosed MD-80s?  
User currently offlineN766UA From United States of America, joined Jul 1999, 8736 posts, RR: 23
Posted (12 years 11 months 1 week 23 hours ago) and read 2958 times:

I noticed that more and more AA Mad Dogs are showing up without the signature black dot on the nose. They aren't even ex-TWA planes. Here's an example:

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Same plane, new nose. Is this an American thing or was it maybe just a replacement radome?

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User currently offlineSESGDL From United States of America, joined Jan 2001, 3541 posts, RR: 9
Reply 1, posted (12 years 11 months 1 week 23 hours ago) and read 2942 times:

It seems to me they are. In STL I saw at least 6 original AA MD-80's with white noses.


User currently offlineCptkrell From United States of America, joined Sep 2001, 3220 posts, RR: 12
Reply 2, posted (12 years 11 months 1 week 23 hours ago) and read 2918 times:

With the advent of radar, the protective black nose cone coating not only served to lessen damage (from ice/hail, birdstrikes, etc) but was of a compound that that did not interefere with radar ops as other coatings (read: paint) would. The black "radar nose" stood as a status symbol and some airlines even advertised "radar equipped" with a photo of the black nose of their particular aircraft featured prominently in ads, timetable covers, etc.

With newer protective compounds and "decal" technology eliminating most (all?) of the above worries, plus "radar equipped" is a given now, I think you'll see more carriers retiring the black nose, IE: going to a more analogous grey, or even carry their livery color(s) through the nose cone.

Second paragraph above is only my opinion; I could be 180 deg. off-base, here. Regards...Jack

all best; jack
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