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737 Nose Cone Paint Question  
User currently offlineSXDFC From United States of America, joined Dec 2007, 2418 posts, RR: 22
Posted (1 year 1 month 1 week 6 days 22 hours ago) and read 4344 times:

Hello All:

I was working A/C 916 tonight and noticed that the nose cone looks brighter than the rest of the airplane. At first I thought it was a replacement nose cone but upon closer inspection I noticed what seems to be a thin paint line outside of the nose of the A/C. I am curious as to why and how often the nose cones get repainted for the 737, or is this a WN thing only?

http://i1208.photobucket.com/albums/cc368/737-8H4/null_zps9bc61b20.jpg

"Paint line" outside of the nose cone area

http://i1208.photobucket.com/albums/cc368/737-8H4/null_zpsca0c134e.jpg


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User currently offlinerwessel From United States of America, joined Jan 2007, 2391 posts, RR: 2
Reply 1, posted (1 year 1 month 1 week 6 days 22 hours ago) and read 4326 times:
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It's hard to say, but the radar domes are a different material than the rest of the fuselage (they need to be transparent to the radar they're covering after all), so you may see some color differences in the paint.

More likely is that this dome was swapped off another aircraft. They're not super durable, and get dinged up all the time. There's even a fair bit of swapping between airlines for parts availability. Here's a Southwest nose cone on an America West aircraft:


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User currently offlineSXDFC From United States of America, joined Dec 2007, 2418 posts, RR: 22
Reply 2, posted (1 year 1 month 1 week 6 days 22 hours ago) and read 4322 times:

Quoting rwessel (Reply 1):
More likely is that this dome was swapped off another aircraft.

I can see if just the nose cone was freshly painted, however I noticed that thin line of paint outside the nose cone ( this is also apparent on other WN planes as well ), which leads me to think maybe they get repainted after awhile because they get dinged up all the time..



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User currently offlineHAWK21M From India, joined Jan 2001, 31702 posts, RR: 56
Reply 3, posted (1 year 1 month 1 week 6 days 18 hours ago) and read 4254 times:

Its termed the RADOME......the nose cone is technically referred to the fwd part of the engine inlet....
The radome looks swapped from another aircraft.......the gap is normal.



Think of the brighter side!
User currently offlineSmittyOne From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 4, posted (1 year 1 month 1 week 6 days 14 hours ago) and read 4205 times:

He's talking about the shinly blue paint AFT of the radome / gap. Which makes it look like they repainted the radome while it was on the airplane (and masked it aft of the gap).

I'd have to draw the same conclusion but have no real idea!


User currently offlineokie From United States of America, joined Jul 2003, 3144 posts, RR: 3
Reply 5, posted (1 year 1 month 1 week 6 days 10 hours ago) and read 4120 times:

Quoting SXDFC (Reply 2):
I can see if just the nose cone was freshly painted, however I noticed that thin line of paint outside the nose cone ( this is also apparent on other WN planes as well ), which leads me to think maybe they get repainted after awhile because they get dinged up all the time

Either a replacement, that was new, one from the repair shop or one that has been "dinged up".

It seems the "Canyon Blue" fades quite fast from sunlight (UV). I think somewhere one of our contributors indicated that WN was looking into reformulation or a different brand of paint to deal with the issue.
If that is the case, then the painted radome may be nearly as old as the paint job but with a different type of paint.
One thing for sure, the touch ups and repairs on the blue are generally pretty obvious on WN aircraft.

Okie


User currently offlineYQBexYHZBGM From Canada, joined May 2009, 204 posts, RR: 1
Reply 6, posted (1 year 1 month 1 week 6 days 3 hours ago) and read 4015 times:

Quoting okie (Reply 5):
It seems the "Canyon Blue" fades quite fast from sunlight (UV). I think somewhere one of our contributors indicated that WN was looking into reformulation or a different brand of paint to deal with the issue.

Or just drop the blue and go back to desert gold and orange! Much better livery IMO.

Al


User currently offlineLH707330 From United States of America, joined Jun 2012, 826 posts, RR: 0
Reply 7, posted (1 year 1 month 1 week 3 days 11 hours ago) and read 3697 times:

Quoting YQBexYHZBGM (Reply 6):
Or just drop the blue and go back to desert gold and orange! Much better livery IMO.

Yeah, but the blue/orange has a big brand awareness now. All of my friends can instantly recognize Southwest planes, although they still struggle with all the rest. Lots of work still to be done 


User currently offlineHAWK21M From India, joined Jan 2001, 31702 posts, RR: 56
Reply 8, posted (12 months 3 days 16 hours ago) and read 2486 times:

Quoting LH707330 (Reply 7):

Recognition gained is a matter of time.....any livery displayed for a certain period of time becomes commonly noticed.



Think of the brighter side!
User currently offlineLH707330 From United States of America, joined Jun 2012, 826 posts, RR: 0
Reply 9, posted (12 months 3 days 10 hours ago) and read 2429 times:

Quoting HAWK21M (Reply 8):
any livery displayed for a certain period of time becomes commonly noticed.

Not if they are all white with a small logo, or white with a blue belly....


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