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Specific Acrylics for fabricating windscreen [closed]

I've a experimental aircraft in need of a windshield due to crazing caused by fuel and cracking caused by stress. It is made of polycarbonate/Lexan and I want to replace it with acrylic because of its ...
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Why, until recently, were smooth nose sections not popular?

Why, until recently, were smooth nose sections not popular? By smooth I mean without a break between the nose and windshield. (The question focuses on airliners.) Seeing the Starliner (left) and DC-7 ...
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Why do cockpit windows often appear to have a rainbow ‘tint’?

Why do cockpit windows often appear to have a rainbow ‘tint’? It’s similar to what you would see when looking at a shallow puddle of water with oil on top. Here is an example of a B777 cockpit window ...
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How did the windshield technology evolve?

I would really appreciate it if someone could please explain the differences and similarities between the cockpit windows of a Boeing 747-400 and Douglas DC-3. I am just trying to figure out how the ...
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Why new jet aircraft have wider, larger cockpit windshield/windscreen?

If you compare aircraft in the same category Boeing 737 with newer Airbus 320 and more recently Comac C919 or Irkut MC-21, it is striking to observe the changes in the cockpit windscreen design. The ...
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How can pilots identify, in flight, the cracked layer(inner/middle/outer) from an impaired windshield?

Depending on the cracked layer, there would be some actions from the crew. The inner layer seems to be simple to identify, but if the middle and/or outer layer is cracked, how will pilots identify the ...
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Is it possible for a plane to use cameras and screens instead of a clear windshield?

I was just wondering: is it possible to have a commercial plane with no cockpit windshield, just external cameras and video screens? The question come in my mind after reading the nth occurrence of ...