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User currently offlineBa97 From Canada, joined Apr 2004, 377 posts, RR: 0
Posted (10 years 3 months ago) and read 2434 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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User currently offlineQantasA332 From Australia, joined Dec 2003, 1500 posts, RR: 26
Reply 1, posted (10 years 3 months ago) and read 2416 times:

In looking at historic photos of planes (e.g. 707, DC8...) the area under the windscreen had black paint... Was this just a livery colour or did it serve a function (e.g. anti glare).

It would have helped to a certain degree in reducing glare...

As for what might haved changed such that modern aircraft couldn't really benefit from that, I don't know, to be honest...

Cheers,
QantasA332


User currently offlineModesto2 From United States of America, joined Jul 2000, 2789 posts, RR: 5
Reply 2, posted (10 years 2 months 4 weeks 1 day 23 hours ago) and read 2407 times:

As a side note, Delta's old widget livery included a black nose. The cheatline was dark blue and careful inspection of the nose would reveal black. I'm not sure if this was an attempt to reduce glare.

User currently onlineDalmd88 From United States of America, joined Jul 2000, 2534 posts, RR: 14
Reply 3, posted (10 years 2 months 4 weeks 1 day 18 hours ago) and read 2368 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.

User currently offlineDeskPilot From Australia, joined Apr 2004, 767 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (10 years 2 months 4 weeks 1 day 14 hours ago) and read 2340 times:

There was a post about this here http://www.airliners.net/discussions/tech_ops/read.main/85872


By the way, is there anyone on board who knows how to fly a plane?
User currently offlineBa97 From Canada, joined Apr 2004, 377 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (10 years 2 months 4 weeks 1 day 12 hours ago) and read 2310 times:

thanks--sorry for the repeat. I am learning they buzz terms to write to search back topics.


there is economy class, business class, first class...then Concorde..pure class
User currently offlineAirplay From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 6, posted (10 years 2 months 4 weeks 1 day 12 hours ago) and read 2309 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.


User currently offlineStealthpilot From India, joined May 2004, 510 posts, RR: 0
Reply 7, posted (10 years 2 months 3 weeks 1 day 4 hours ago) and read 2135 times:

this might be off topic... but most (if not all) Indian Airlines A300's have black noses, but not their A320's. I agree Ba97 I think it looks good  Smile


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User currently offlineCitationJet From United States of America, joined Mar 2003, 2425 posts, RR: 3
Reply 8, posted (10 years 2 months 3 weeks 1 day 3 hours ago) and read 2132 times:

Here is another thread on black noses:
http://www.airliners.net/discussions/general_aviation/read.main/1320951/6/

Use the Search tool to see if this topic has been discussed previously.

[Edited 2004-05-10 23:28:17]


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