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Why The Long Radome/nose.

Fri Mar 08, 2002 6:10 pm

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What is the reason for a DC3 having a long nose.Whats the Equipment behind it.
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RE: Why The Long Radome/nose.

Fri Mar 08, 2002 6:12 pm

I think that was the old RCAF survey aircraft.

I belive that it had magnetic field detection gear onboard.
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RE: Why The Long Radome/nose.

Fri Mar 08, 2002 6:28 pm

Was it a test bed for the F-104 radar?
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RE: Why The Long Radome/nose.

Sat Mar 09, 2002 2:18 am

That a/c (there were two) had the CF-104 radar system in it for training pilots. This one is Pinochio, the other was called Mollys Folly. I have flown on this a/c, as they were based at CFB Cold Lake. They were also used twice a week to transport people to Edmonton for medical appointments, or shopping, whatever. Pretty cold in the winter, I can tell you!
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RE: Why The Long Radome/nose.

Sat Mar 09, 2002 3:30 am

Nice pic and info

I've deployed up to Cold Lake for ex's and it is very COLD, I agree with Avt007!  Smile

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RE: Why The Long Radome/nose.

Sat Mar 09, 2002 6:14 am

Has that thing been struck by lightning?? It seems to me, with a pointed nose like that, it acts as a perfect lightning attachment point.

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RE: Why The Long Radome/nose.

Sat Mar 09, 2002 6:21 am

Those concrete blocks the mounts are in probably add a bit of resistance between the aircraft and ground I'd say...

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