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Why do Boeing and Airbus have distinctively different nose designs?

Boeing aircraft generally have a pointy nose, which seems to me to imply better aerodynamic qualities, less drag etc. Airbus aircraft on the other hand have rather bulbous noses. Is this difference ...
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Why is the nose of the Mig-21 shaped so differently compared to other fighter aircraft?

If you look at this picture below, you will notice that the nose portion of the Mig-21 has a unique conical shape which is completely different from the nose of the F-16. (Source) (Source) So what ...
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What are these lines on the nose of a Boeing 737?

What are these lines on the radome? You can also see them here: What are they and what is their function? Source: AviaFilms
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What is the object on the nose of this HondaJet in this marketing video?

In the third Hondajet marketing video there is a sword-like object visible on the nose of the aircraft. What is this used for?
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Why does the bottom part of an aircraft nose curve upwards?

As you can see in this picture the bottom of the fuselage curves upwards to form the nose.
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What were the Concorde's emergency procedures for an uncommanded droop-nose extension in flight?

The Concorde had a droop nose, which swung down during taxi, takeoff, and (especially) landing, so that the pilots could see where they were going without the long nose getting in the way. During ...