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C17A - What Is The Purpose Of This Window?  
User currently offlineZKEYE From New Zealand, joined May 2005, 241 posts, RR: 2
Posted (9 years 3 weeks 5 days 7 hours ago) and read 5949 times:

I was just browsing the top 24 hour photos and saw this one:


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I did a search and couldn't see anything related to this.

What is the purpose of the lower window (that you can see the pilots feet through) being placed where it is? It strikes me as a rather useless place for any sort of window on a military transport.

Thanks in advance.


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User currently offlineVC-10 From United Kingdom, joined Oct 1999, 3700 posts, RR: 34
Reply 1, posted (9 years 3 weeks 5 days 7 hours ago) and read 5941 times:
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As a taxi-ing aid as on the C-130

User currently offlineHA_DC9 From United States of America, joined Jul 1999, 653 posts, RR: 1
Reply 2, posted (9 years 3 weeks 5 days 7 hours ago) and read 5932 times:

I agree on the taxiing aid. This pic shows the window from inside the flight deck:
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It might also be useful for low-level flying so you can see what is below you such as for cargo drops.


User currently offlineZKEYE From New Zealand, joined May 2005, 241 posts, RR: 2
Reply 3, posted (9 years 3 weeks 5 days 7 hours ago) and read 5924 times:

Thanks for the quick responses - its bloody obvious when it is explained!


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User currently offlineHAWK21M From India, joined Jan 2001, 31667 posts, RR: 56
Reply 4, posted (9 years 3 weeks 5 days 4 hours ago) and read 5842 times:

Looks Like a Window for Viewing Lower areas in Flight & for Taxing Aid on Grd.
On an Airforce Aircraft,More View the better.

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Check the IL76/78.Although not directly connected to the Cockpit.
regds
MEL



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User currently offlineMD11Fanatic From United States of America, joined Oct 2006, 81 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (7 years 6 months 1 week 22 hours ago) and read 5085 times:

When I was in Iraq, this plane type visited Mosul airfield often and the crew let us in. The nose section of that IL-76 is like an apartment.. or a frathouse! The Russian crew had all sorts of ammenities, it looked very cosy in there below the flight deck! HUGE.

User currently offlineHAWK21M From India, joined Jan 2001, 31667 posts, RR: 56
Reply 6, posted (7 years 6 months 1 week 21 hours ago) and read 5043 times:

Quoting MD11Fanatic (Reply 5):
The nose section of that IL-76 is like an apartment.. or a frathouse! The Russian crew had all sorts of ammenities, it looked very cosy in there below the flight deck! HUGE.

Got this Old thread back........

Its true the Russian Aircraft were built at that time for a dual military use too,hence the number of Windows.
regds
MEL



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User currently offlineMeister808 From United States of America, joined Jan 2000, 973 posts, RR: 1
Reply 7, posted (7 years 6 months 1 week 16 hours ago) and read 4953 times:

Quoting HAWK21M (Reply 6):
Its true the Russian Aircraft were built at that time for a dual military use too,hence the number of Windows.
regds

With the IL-76 in particular (and most of the others, I'm sure), the windows below the cockpit are for the navigator's station - the lack of decent navaid coverage in most parts of Russia at the time these aircraft were designed (well before the advent of GPS, and in the infancy of INS/IRU systems in the West - not sure when that technology developed in Russia) lead them to want to give the nav as good of a view as possible.

IL-76:

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Tu-114

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User currently offlineFr8Mech From United States of America, joined Sep 2005, 5359 posts, RR: 14
Reply 8, posted (7 years 6 months 1 week 15 hours ago) and read 4927 times:

I think you guys are missing the obvious. This is a military aircraft where early detection of an enemy aircraft may mean life for the crew of a cargo aircraft. More windows = more opportunity to see the enemy.

Sure, it may help during taxi, but I'm sure these are aircraft are no more difficult to taxi thaan a B747, and no such windows exist. I suspect a military purpose.



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User currently offlineDeltaGuy From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 9, posted (7 years 6 months 1 week 12 hours ago) and read 4862 times:

I think it has alot to do with making air drops, especially the low altitude ones. Imagine trying to peer over the glareshield to find the dirt strip where you're going to drop your load. The C-130 admittedly has alot more windows to it, but then again they're smaller ones.

DeltaGuy


User currently offlineMD11Fanatic From United States of America, joined Oct 2006, 81 posts, RR: 0
Reply 10, posted (7 years 6 months 1 week 9 hours ago) and read 4778 times:

I told you the IL-76 was like a frat house below the flight deck. Very spacious and comfy and easily "pimped" to make it a sweet ride and a decent place to live out of.

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