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User currently offlineSin777er From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Posted (14 years 7 months 1 week 1 day 10 hours ago) and read 837 times:

Why do Black and White noses avoid Birdstrikes?(In Comments of this picture):

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User currently offlineAerokid From Belgium, joined Jun 2000, 348 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (14 years 7 months 1 week 1 day 3 hours ago) and read 790 times:

I don't think it has anything to do with bird strikes (in contrast with the picture's comment). Even if a bird would avoid an aircraft because of the color of the nose, I don't think it would have time enough to even see the colored nose, let alone it would be able to avoid the aircraft.

IMO the aircraft suffered radome damage and AF didn't had a spare available so they borrowed one from another company, which was already (partly) painted.

Best regards,

User currently offlineAFa340-300E From France, joined May 1999, 2084 posts, RR: 25
Reply 2, posted (14 years 7 months 1 week 1 day 3 hours ago) and read 776 times:


Indeed, this has nothing to do with birds. Actually, that nose piece is black at the origin. It's then subsquently painted in white (or another color).

So, the nose probably had to be replaced, and rather than to run in late with the maintenance schedule, they let it white until the next time they have time to paint it.

Best regards,
Alain Mengus

User currently offlineAlpha From Czech Republic, joined Jul 2005, 0 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (14 years 7 months 1 week 1 day ago) and read 753 times:

Heureusement que tu es là pour nous éclairer Alain !  Wink/being sarcastic


User currently offlineBen88 From United States of America, joined Dec 1999, 1093 posts, RR: 2
Reply 4, posted (14 years 7 months 1 week 1 day ago) and read 748 times:

Good insight GR and Alain.

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