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Strange Big Buldge On Top Of 737  
User currently offlineLeamside From United States of America, joined Apr 2000, 444 posts, RR: 1
Posted (10 years 1 month 2 weeks 1 day 18 hours ago) and read 3748 times:

What is the strange protrusion shown on this 737? Looks similar to that on the nose of Air Force One.

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Also seen from a more distand but different angle here.

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User currently offlineRamerinianair From United States of America, joined Nov 2003, 1486 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (10 years 1 month 2 weeks 1 day 18 hours ago) and read 3711 times:

At first look, I was going to tell you that the second pic was a 747 and the bump is normal!! On further inspection, I could only think that this bump would be for sending or recieving signals. Is this only on westjet? Do they maybe have inflight internet or satellite tv?
SR



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User currently offlineETStar From Canada, joined Jan 2004, 2103 posts, RR: 7
Reply 2, posted (10 years 1 month 2 weeks 1 day 18 hours ago) and read 3685 times:

LiveTV antenna for their IFE? Or was there another Westjet aircraft parked next to it  Big grin

User currently offlineUSAFHummer From United States of America, joined May 2000, 10685 posts, RR: 52
Reply 3, posted (10 years 1 month 2 weeks 1 day 18 hours ago) and read 3665 times:

Probably the Live TV antenna...the F9 and B6 Airbus fleets have similar bulges as well...

Greg



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User currently offlineCxh From Canada, joined Oct 2004, 147 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (10 years 1 month 2 weeks 1 day 18 hours ago) and read 3626 times:

Yes, it is the LiveTV antenna assembly. That's why it took WS so long to get FAA approval for LiveTV; it was the exterior, not interior issues (I'm told). It was the first LiveTV installation on a 73G.


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User currently offlineDeltaGuy From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 5, posted (10 years 1 month 2 weeks 1 day 18 hours ago) and read 3618 times:

I'll bet it adds a decent amount of parasite drag, even though it's pretty rounded...it ruins the nice smooth top spine of these aircraft!

Oh yeah, and what's on the nose of AF1 is an IFR (In Flight Refueling) receptacle...so the Air Farce tanker can lower a boom in there and pass gas to the 747 so it can have longer endurance.

DeltaGuy


User currently offlineLeamside From United States of America, joined Apr 2000, 444 posts, RR: 1
Reply 6, posted (10 years 1 month 2 weeks 14 hours ago) and read 3243 times:

Thanks for the feedback folks. Much appreciated.

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