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AA MD-80's "black Nose"  
User currently offlineBlink182 From United States of America, joined Oct 1999, 5499 posts, RR: 14
Posted (15 years 11 months 1 week 3 days 13 hours ago) and read 3786 times:

does anyone know why AA painted a black dot on the nose of their md-80's???

Give me a break, I created this username when I was a kid...
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User currently offlineJtb106 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 1, posted (15 years 11 months 1 week 3 days 3 hours ago) and read 3682 times:

I believe it's a protective coating. There was a time when the 'black dot' was common. Then, I believe it was actually rubber or something. Later, paints/coatings could achieve the same thing and were applied to the radome. Maybe AA went back to it out of tradition a la the flat black paint under the windshield on SW planes?

User currently offlineImkeww From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 2, posted (15 years 11 months 1 week 2 days 23 hours ago) and read 3646 times:

I *love* the black dot on AA's huge MD-80 fleet. It fits the jetliner perfectly and hope they stay that way.

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