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Corded Aircraft

Tue Jan 18, 2000 12:12 pm

I was wondering what that cord is that can be seen on older aircraft is for. It can be seen on small jets and some prop aircraft. The cord is connected to the tail at one end and the other end appears to be connected just above the cockpit on the skin. It seems to be like a wire. Please tell me what this is for. Don't tell me it is to hold the tail up! I tried to bring a picture of one from the Airliners database but I don't know how to. Anyhow I think you know what I'm talking about.

If you need to see what I'm talking about click here:

Again, thankyou in advance.

Also if someone can briefly tell me how to bring a clickable thumbnail pic. in here that would be greatly appreciated.
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RE: Corded Aircraft

Tue Jan 18, 2000 1:15 pm

Didn't have time to look at the link, but from the description you gave it sounds like a HF (high frequency) radio antenna....
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RE: Corded Aircraft

Tue Jan 18, 2000 2:07 pm

i noticed that aerolineas had those cords on their 737s last time i went to aeroparque jorge newbury(argentina's demestic airport)
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RE: Corded Aircraft

Tue Jan 18, 2000 3:33 pm

OPNLguy got it exactly right. This question appeared about 5 months ago just as a matter of interest. HF radios require long antennae due to the nature of the frequencies in use - in the 2500 - 15,000 KHz range. It is also a very old type of radio, but still very common in modern aviation. It is not unusual to obtain ranges in excess of 5,000 miles with HF, depending on time of day, atmospheric conditions and lots of other things.

Hope that helps!

Best Regards,

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RE: Corded Aircraft

Tue Jan 18, 2000 4:21 pm

Thanks alot people. Sorry guys but I didn't realize that this topic was already discussed. Thanks for the info again.

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