kbuf737
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Little Black Panels On UAL 733 Leading Edge

Tue Apr 06, 2004 9:09 am

What are these, or why are they black?


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RE: Little Black Panels On UAL 733 Leading Edge

Tue Apr 06, 2004 9:39 am

They might be there to make it easier to see if any there is any icing along the leading edge. Beyond that, Im not really sure. Sorry I couldnt give a better answer!
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RE: Little Black Panels On UAL 733 Leading Edge

Tue Apr 06, 2004 9:41 am

Thanks FutureUALPilot. I was just wondering cause I've only seen it on pics of UAL 733s. I'll be flying a UA320 for the first time on Wed! (-)
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RE: Little Black Panels On UAL 733 Leading Edge

Tue Apr 06, 2004 10:41 am

Glad I could help KBUF, but dont quote me, Im sure somebody out there knows for sure!

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RE: Little Black Panels On UAL 733 Leading Edge

Tue Apr 06, 2004 12:21 pm

FutureUAL...goin to FLL via. ORD A320 and 757, return flts are 757 and CRJ
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RE: Little Black Panels On UAL 733 Leading Edge

Tue Apr 06, 2004 12:47 pm

Have a good trip KBUF, write a TR for us.

Anyway, for what it matters, I based my assumption on the other photos of a/c like the MD-80s and TWA aircraft who had black stripes that Id heard made it easier to see ice build up.
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RE: Little Black Panels On UAL 733 Leading Edge

Tue Apr 06, 2004 5:05 pm

I believe that is the correct answer.
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RE: Little Black Panels On UAL 733 Leading Edge

Wed Apr 07, 2004 10:58 am

Thats exactly what they are for. Ice detection.
 
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RE: Little Black Panels On UAL 733 Leading Edge

Wed Apr 07, 2004 12:34 pm

And now the inevitable question... Why don't most other aircraft have these little black ice-detection panels?

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RE: Little Black Panels On UAL 733 Leading Edge

Wed Apr 07, 2004 12:52 pm

thats a very good question. Could be that other aircrafts wings cannot be viewed from the flight deck.

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