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User currently offlineCPDC10-30 From United States of America, joined Feb 2000, 4992 posts, RR: 22
Posted (16 years 3 months 4 weeks 9 hours ago) and read 2220 times:

One thing I've always wondered is why some airlines paint the nose of the a/c below the windscreen black. Is there any special reason or just for aesthetic purposes?

Here is a good example:

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Air Canada hasn't had that paint scheme for probably 20 years. I think LOT does though.


Mike W.

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User currently offlineTanguy From Australia, joined Sep 1999, 154 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (16 years 3 months 4 weeks 9 hours ago) and read 2155 times:

The black nose area originally came about to stop glare from the sun being reflected into the cockpit. I don't think it is actually necessary on a B747 as the nose slopes steeply away, however Air Canada in the colour scheme depicted probably used the black paint to give the same 'look' as the rest of the fleet. This scheme appeared on AC's Viscount, Vanguard, DC-9 and B727 fleet and on most of those types some form of anti glare colouring would have been required. On the currently trendy "all white" fuselage paint schemes you will notice on close observation that the area below and forward of the cockpit windows is painted matt white, so it is less reflective of sunlight.

User currently offlineBoeing 777 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 2, posted (16 years 3 months 4 weeks 9 hours ago) and read 2145 times:

The black area under the windscreens that you're talking about, was to help cut down on the sunlight glare in bright and sunny conditions for the pilots. I do remember seeing that kind of thing on older AC a/c, usually 747s. I'm not sure which airline still use that today, but I do know that the Soviet-built Tupolev Tu-144 supersonic airliner did have the same thing just below its windscreen.

User currently offlineSRA330-223 From Switzerland, joined Oct 1999, 158 posts, RR: 1
Reply 3, posted (16 years 3 months 4 weeks 6 hours ago) and read 2129 times:

I think that Malaisya Airlines has still got this black painting under the cockpit on their A330s !
I think it looks actually very unmodern and somehow ugly... It reminds me of past times !

User currently offlineAllee From Canada, joined Jun 1999, 520 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (16 years 3 months 3 weeks 6 days 22 hours ago) and read 2116 times:

One airline that seems to overdo the black nose thing is Malev. The entire nose section is black...plain ugly! It sure is a tossup on who has the better paint job. Malev or Indian Airlines?

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