Md11dc10 From Bahamas, joined Nov 1999, 70 posts, RR: 0 Posted (15 years 6 months 2 weeks 13 hours ago) and read 820 times:
I was wondering what that cord is that can be seen on older aircraft is for. It can be seen on small jets and some prop aircraft. The cord is connected to the tail at one end and the other end appears to be connected just above the cockpit on the skin. It seems to be like a wire. Please tell me what this is for. Don't tell me it is to hold the tail up! I tried to bring a picture of one from the Airliners database but I don't know how to. Anyhow I think you know what I'm talking about.
If you need to see what I'm talking about click here:
Again, thankyou in advance.
Also if someone can briefly tell me how to bring a clickable thumbnail pic. in here that would be greatly appreciated.
Buff From Australia, joined Mar 2007, 0 posts, RR: 1
Reply 3, posted (15 years 6 months 2 weeks 10 hours ago) and read 740 times:
OPNLguy got it exactly right. This question appeared about 5 months ago just as a matter of interest. HF radios require long antennae due to the nature of the frequencies in use - in the 2500 - 15,000 KHz range. It is also a very old type of radio, but still very common in modern aviation. It is not unusual to obtain ranges in excess of 5,000 miles with HF, depending on time of day, atmospheric conditions and lots of other things.