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What Is This Black Spot On The Tail?

Tue May 27, 2003 10:43 am


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If you look at the large version, you will see a spot that looks like 2 halves. It is on the "A" on the tail. What exactly is that?
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RE: What Is This Black Spot On The Tail?

Tue May 27, 2003 10:57 am

Looks like peeled off paint...

The same aircraft, when new, about 1 year earlier...


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RE: What Is This Black Spot On The Tail?

Tue May 27, 2003 9:33 pm

It doesn't look like a paint peeling though. It looks like a patch of some sort. Would the photographer care to chime in.
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RE: What Is This Black Spot On The Tail?

Wed May 28, 2003 9:02 am

It's an antenna panel on the tail. I think VOR. There are two on both sides of the tail leading edge.
 
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RE: What Is This Black Spot On The Tail?

Wed May 28, 2003 1:59 pm

If it were a dielectric panel it would be evident on all 717s unless it were suddenly retrofitted on this one aircraft only.

If it's indeed a VOR receiver it would have been there on delivery, and on all 717s.
There is no equivalent on the other side of the aircraft
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but some peeling paint IS visible there (that photo was taken about a month earlier).

Theoretically the aircraft could of course have been retrofitted with some expermintal equipment but I doubt they'd do such a sloppy job of painting the fairing  Smile/happy/getting dizzy
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RE: What Is This Black Spot On The Tail?

Wed May 28, 2003 3:54 pm

It is a VOR panel. There are two on each side. Every plane has them there. The one in question was most likely changed so the paint doesn't match.
 
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RE: What Is This Black Spot On The Tail?

Sat Jun 07, 2003 12:21 pm

This is ship 762 it just passed thru BWI, it is indeed genuwine paint chipping away in the wind.
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RE: What Is This Black Spot On The Tail?

Sat Jun 07, 2003 10:00 pm

Well, Hopefull it doesn't happen to...

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RE: What Is This Black Spot On The Tail?

Sun Jun 08, 2003 11:27 am

Hey guys 762 just passed thru BWI again and i got some close ups of the spots on the tail. Let me know if you want to see them and i can send them to you. kevin
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RE: What Is This Black Spot On The Tail?

Sun Jun 08, 2003 9:51 pm

Hey Kevin, I'd love to see them.
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RE: What Is This Black Spot On The Tail?

Mon Jun 09, 2003 6:22 am

No prob., I,m pretty new here so tell me the best way to get them to you...
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RE: What Is This Black Spot On The Tail?

Mon Jun 09, 2003 9:17 am

Email me at JT8D219@lycos.com
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RE: What Is This Black Spot On The Tail?

Mon Jun 09, 2003 11:30 am

Will do i send them when i get home from work. around 02:00am est.
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RE: What Is This Black Spot On The Tail?

Tue Jun 10, 2003 4:51 am

Hi. I got the pictures. That is terrible. (Not the pictures, the paint chipping.)

There is no excuse for that.
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RE: What Is This Black Spot On The Tail?

Wed Jun 11, 2003 6:09 am

Hi guys.

Check out the silvery grey spot on the right wing root fairing of this 747. It doesn't look like paint chipping away to me because it's to perfectly shaped. (all right angles.)

Do you guys think this spot is just patchwork that hasn't been painted yet?

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Two months earlier without the spot.


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