Ba97 From Canada, joined Apr 2004, 377 posts, RR: 0 Posted (11 years 3 months 1 day 2 hours ago) and read 3525 times:
I read historic threads but could not find the answer....
In looking at historic photos of planes (e.g. 707, DC8...) the area under the windscreen had black paint. BOAC looked like it was their deep blue. Was this just a livery colour or did it serve a function (e.g. anti glare). If needed, what has changed in paint or other that modern planes do not have the black nose top. I personally loved it on planes with the cheat line coming up to the nose.
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Dalmd88 From United States of America, joined Jul 2000, 2725 posts, RR: 14
Reply 3, posted (11 years 3 months 19 hours ago) and read 3459 times:
The noses used to be black because of the radar. Most paints in the 60s and 70s were not radar invisible. The black paint that was used didn't effect the radar. The current pigments in the paint don't show on the radar.
Airplay From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 6, posted (11 years 3 months 13 hours ago) and read 3400 times:
The noses used to be black because of the radar.
I could be wrrong, but I assume the original question had to do with the paint just forward of the windscreen, not on the nose cone.
If you look at older designs, the nose in front of the windscreen was in more direct view of the flight crews. Newer aircraft tend to have a nose geometry that removes the nose from view of the cockpit.
I'm sure if someone comes up with a longer nose in view of the pilots, you'll see a return of the black paint.