Bombayhog From United States of America, joined May 2001, 557 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (12 years 9 months 2 weeks 8 hours ago) and read 1594 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?
PSU_DTW_SCE From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 5, posted (12 years 9 months 2 weeks 4 hours ago) and read 1500 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.
Voodoo From Niue, joined Mar 2001, 2074 posts, RR: 0
Reply 6, posted (12 years 9 months 2 weeks 3 hours ago) and read 1474 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.
Notar520AC From United States of America, joined Jul 2001, 1606 posts, RR: 4
Reply 10, posted (12 years 9 months 1 week 6 days 19 hours ago) and read 1294 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.