727LOVER
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MD80s Of AA & TW

Wed Apr 17, 2002 7:39 am

Now, I've noticed that the ex TW MD80s don't have the black noses like the original AA aircraft MD80 do, then it dawned on me, that NONE of the aircraft in AA fleet have the black nose. So why do the MD80 aircraft have the black nose??? Confused
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elwood64151
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RE: MD80s Of AA & TW

Wed Apr 17, 2002 7:45 am

Best guess: It was a style choice by AA to drop the black nose after a few years. It was probably a choice to style the aircraft that way to begin with.

Can someone discount my observation on this?

Continental, Vanguard, Midwest Express, AirTran, US Airways, and Delta (new livery) aircraft do not have a black nose.
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RE: MD80s Of AA & TW

Wed Apr 17, 2002 11:17 am

Yes, I have noticed this. Not even the Fokkers have this scheme. I think they did it for glare protection as I have seen other airlines do on different types(BA on 757s, WN on 737s and so on). I kind of like the "Black nose" as it makes them somewhat unique. I however am thankfull though that the ex-TWA planes did not as it is easier to spot which ones were with TWA and which ones weren't.

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AA717driver
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RE: MD80s Of AA & TW

Wed Apr 17, 2002 1:43 pm

The black is a rubber coating to reduce pitting and the frequency of repainting of the radome. AA isn't sure if they will do that to the TW airplanes--it may not be cost-effective.TC

P.S.--I just checked out on the MD80 today--guess I'll have to change my name...(sigh)
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RE: MD80s Of AA & TW

Wed Apr 17, 2002 2:00 pm

A little off topic ... But how many AA 717 hybrids are flying around these days? Also, is AA still planning on getting rid of them in June?

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