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Why The Black Nose?  
User currently offlineJiml1126 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Posted (12 years 5 months 3 weeks 6 days 17 hours ago) and read 1641 times:

What is the purpose for having the nose BLACK in the old days?


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User currently offlineBombayhog From United States of America, joined May 2001, 557 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (12 years 5 months 3 weeks 6 days 14 hours ago) and read 1562 times:

I would love to know the answer to this. Also, does anyone know, why did BA paint all their 757s with the black ring on the nose? I think it looks awful and I just wondered if there was any purpose for it?

User currently offlineNdebele From Germany, joined Apr 2001, 2898 posts, RR: 23
Reply 2, posted (12 years 5 months 3 weeks 6 days 13 hours ago) and read 1522 times:

Good question, Jiml1126 - no idea!

I was told that the ring on BA's 757s (and afaik also on their 737s) is a sort of protection against lightning flash. But I'm not sure about that.


User currently offlineBlueShamu330s From UK - England, joined Sep 2001, 2782 posts, RR: 26
Reply 3, posted (12 years 5 months 3 weeks 6 days 12 hours ago) and read 1503 times:

The black ring with a white cross on it on BA 757s were aircraft involved in MLS trials a while ago.

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User currently offlineSuperfly From Thailand, joined May 2000, 39478 posts, RR: 75
Reply 4, posted (12 years 5 months 3 weeks 6 days 12 hours ago) and read 1498 times:

I guess it's better than brown-nosing!  Smile/happy/getting dizzy


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User currently offlinePSU_DTW_SCE From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 5, posted (12 years 5 months 3 weeks 6 days 10 hours ago) and read 1468 times:

Note that in the AA fleet all of their original MD-80's have the black nose, however the TWA MD-80's in the new livery do not have the black nose. I believe it has something to do with paint, reflection, and the radar dome.

User currently offlineVoodoo From Niue, joined Mar 2001, 2053 posts, RR: 0
Reply 6, posted (12 years 5 months 3 weeks 6 days 9 hours ago) and read 1442 times:

As you know if you get into a car on a hot sunny day with dark seats instead of light colours, black releases and absorbs radiation (radar) better. This was more important in the older days of radar. New liveries take into account that this `helper' is no longer necessary.

Yes, the BA 757 black ring signified a trial with a Microwave Landing System.



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User currently offlineWadha From United Arab Emirates, joined Mar 2000, 185 posts, RR: 0
Reply 7, posted (12 years 5 months 3 weeks 6 days 4 hours ago) and read 1363 times:

Isn't that spot where the radar of the plane is located?

User currently offlineSeagull From United States of America, joined Jun 2001, 340 posts, RR: 1
Reply 8, posted (12 years 5 months 3 weeks 6 days 2 hours ago) and read 1321 times:

Special paint for the radar. I would venture that the ones that aren't have a color that is part of the radome itself and not painted on.

User currently offlineTK From Canada, joined Oct 2000, 247 posts, RR: 1
Reply 9, posted (12 years 5 months 3 weeks 6 days 2 hours ago) and read 1283 times:

I love black noses...they make the plane look so "retro"

User currently offlineNotar520AC From United States of America, joined Jul 2001, 1606 posts, RR: 4
Reply 10, posted (12 years 5 months 3 weeks 6 days 1 hour ago) and read 1262 times:

The reason is that you cannot paint radomes with metalic colors (i.e. aluminum, silver, etc.) that contain certain metals. That's why most airlines don't include metalic colors in their paint scheme over the radome or just paint it another color. Certain paints would interfere with the radar becuase of the metals used in them.


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User currently offlineGreg From United Kingdom, joined May 2005, 0 posts, RR: 0
Reply 11, posted (12 years 5 months 3 weeks 6 days ago) and read 1247 times:

Virgin Atl. paints their noses silver. So that can't be true.

User currently offlineN17085 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 12, posted (12 years 5 months 3 weeks 5 days 23 hours ago) and read 1224 times:

DL's aircraft with the old colours still have that.

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