ETStar From Canada, joined Jan 2004, 2103 posts, RR: 8 Reply 1, posted (7 years 7 months 2 weeks 4 days 20 hours ago) and read 2409 times:
Always found it to be ... an eyesore. But then again, visualized the same aircraft without the big nose and found that it would look too plain, as in Euro-white plain. Think of it of a nice huge mole, a beauty mark in certain parts of the world...
VC10DC10 From United States of America, joined Apr 2006, 1016 posts, RR: 2 Reply 4, posted (7 years 7 months 2 weeks 4 days 18 hours ago) and read 2279 times:
Quoting Airwave (Reply 3): I think I read something about how darker colors are used to mitigate radio wave interference on the equipment in the radome, depending on what is installed--but I could be wrong.
This reminds me -- is this why a lot of liveries used to have black "spots" on the radome?
Irobertson From Canada, joined Apr 2006, 601 posts, RR: 3 Reply 6, posted (7 years 7 months 2 weeks 4 days 16 hours ago) and read 2206 times:
Hmm... the glare thing I'm aware of as it's been used for years around the cockpit windows, as can been seen on Westjet 737s easily. I wondered about the black noses on Alitalia as well and wondered if it's just a cosmetic thing.
I'm not sure if it has anything to do with the technology or radio waves... but I know those blue noses are there because when they decided to redesign the livery (in 1988) they wanted to pick some main "pieces" from the old design. I think MA has an elegant livery, even if it's nearly 20 years old...
Irobertson From Canada, joined Apr 2006, 601 posts, RR: 3 Reply 14, posted (7 years 7 months 2 weeks 3 days 21 hours ago) and read 1710 times:
After all this, my guess is that Malev's (I stand corrected) BLUE noses are just a unique part of their paint scheme. If it was a glare shield, it would be close to the cockpit windows, but since it isn't, and it's rather large, it must just be cosmetic.
Irobertson From Canada, joined Apr 2006, 601 posts, RR: 3 Reply 15, posted (7 years 7 months 2 weeks 3 days 21 hours ago) and read 1702 times:
Another thought... could there be a ulterior motive involved by Malev? From head on, someone could easily recognize the large blue spot and think "Malev". I'm reminded of how the US Navy and Grummann painted a radiation symbol on the noses of the EA-6B Prowlers so that the LSOs on carriers could tell them apart on landing from the A-6 Intruders. Perhaps there's some similarity here?
(yeah yeah, I know Malev isn't landing their aircraft on many carriers these days...)
Utapao From Thailand, joined Jul 2005, 645 posts, RR: 9 Reply 19, posted (7 years 7 months 2 weeks 22 hours ago) and read 1415 times:
Several previous posts in the archived section on "black noses". Served a specific purpose originally, but now seems to not be as important. Assume those that still use it is just the fact they haven't changed their livery.