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MD80s Of AA & TW  
User currently offline727LOVER From United States of America, joined Oct 2001, 7462 posts, RR: 20
Posted (14 years 1 month 2 weeks 4 days 19 hours ago) and read 1703 times:

Now, I've noticed that the ex TW MD80s don't have the black noses like the original AA aircraft MD80 do, then it dawned on me, that NONE of the aircraft in AA fleet have the black nose. So why do the MD80 aircraft have the black nose??? Confused

I feel woozy....what did you put in that Pudding Pop?
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User currently offlineElwood64151 From United States of America, joined Feb 2002, 2477 posts, RR: 5
Reply 1, posted (14 years 1 month 2 weeks 4 days 19 hours ago) and read 1678 times:

Best guess: It was a style choice by AA to drop the black nose after a few years. It was probably a choice to style the aircraft that way to begin with.

Can someone discount my observation on this?

Continental, Vanguard, Midwest Express, AirTran, US Airways, and Delta (new livery) aircraft do not have a black nose.

Those who fail to learn history are doomed to repeat it in summer school.
User currently offlineBlink182 From United States of America, joined Oct 1999, 5500 posts, RR: 14
Reply 2, posted (14 years 1 month 2 weeks 4 days 15 hours ago) and read 1627 times:

Yes, I have noticed this. Not even the Fokkers have this scheme. I think they did it for glare protection as I have seen other airlines do on different types(BA on 757s, WN on 737s and so on). I kind of like the "Black nose" as it makes them somewhat unique. I however am thankfull though that the ex-TWA planes did not as it is easier to spot which ones were with TWA and which ones weren't.


Give me a break, I created this username when I was a kid...
User currently offlineAA717driver From United States of America, joined Feb 2002, 1566 posts, RR: 13
Reply 3, posted (14 years 1 month 2 weeks 4 days 13 hours ago) and read 1596 times:

The black is a rubber coating to reduce pitting and the frequency of repainting of the radome. AA isn't sure if they will do that to the TW airplanes--it may not be cost-effective.TC

P.S.--I just checked out on the MD80 today--guess I'll have to change my name...(sigh)

FL450, M.85
User currently offline5280AGL From United States of America, joined Apr 2001, 414 posts, RR: 1
Reply 4, posted (14 years 1 month 2 weeks 4 days 12 hours ago) and read 1584 times:

A little off topic ... But how many AA 717 hybrids are flying around these days? Also, is AA still planning on getting rid of them in June?

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