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How serious is an impact like the 10/2017 Delta Airlines suspected bird strike?

Bird strike happens all the time - almost on a daily basis. See avherald : there are 9 instances of bird strike in the past 7 days at the time this answer is written. Usually it is ingested into the ...
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Why doesn't this 767 nose paint line up with the rest of the paint?

It has a nose radome from another aircraft installed. The aircraft that donated the radome was painted with older TUI livery, where the blue/white border is straight, and in a slightly different place....
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Why does the SR-71 Blackbird sometimes have dents in the nose?

The SR-71 had a detachable nose (photo #2), and could change between three different nose cones depending on the mission. I haven't found a lot of information on the three, other than what this site ...
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Why, until recently, were smooth nose sections not popular?

Because it's bloody difficult to make the curved shapes out of the materials used until recently, with the technology available at the time. The few aircraft that had it in the past generally were ...
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How serious is an impact like the 10/2017 Delta Airlines suspected bird strike?

If you observe the photos of the incident, you will find that the dent was in the radar dome in the nose, which is not nearly as strong as the windshield. Doesn't need to be, it isn't part of the ...
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Why, until recently, were smooth nose sections not popular?

First, the Commando wasn't unique in having a 'stepless' cockpit design- the Boeing 307 Stratoliner, for example had them. Other military aircraft too had them, due to a few reasons like ...
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What are these bars on an F-16's nose?

These are antennae for the IFF (Identification Friend or Foe) system. IFF is a system to help distinguish friendly aircraft from unfriendly ones. This particular antenna arrangement is used on only ...
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What is this nose cowl mounted display?

This is a GPS guidance indicator from AG-NAV, with the main unit visible onboard. Snapshot from your linked video: Main unit Using the main unit, different information can be displayed on the ...
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What are these hooks and tassels on the nose?

The things hanging on the left and right side of the nose are pitot covers. They cover the pitot tubes located here: (Boeing 737 Airplane Characteristics for Airport Planning) The covers are there ...
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Why, until recently, were smooth nose sections not popular?

Blow-molded canopies (like the acrylic one on the P-51D) were relatively expensive in the late WWII and early post-War periods when the early-modern airliners were designed. Cost is an important ...
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Does it make sense to do an emergency landing without nose gear in order to reduce stopping distance?

To my knowledge, no established procedures exist for any contemporary civilian airliner that would land with any gear up to decrease landing distance. However, contrary to other answers/comments, in ...
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Why do Russian Su-30SM fighters have white nose radomes?

In short White radomes are common in many applications, this is the logical choice, a white material reflects sun radiations which otherwise introduce electronic noise in the antenna. Black radomes, ...
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What does this statement about steep descent mean?

The statement is only true if you fly at a speed below the best glide speed. For simplicity, let's look at a glider: Below you see the plot of the L/D ratio over speed of the DG-1000 two-seater glider:...
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What is this nose cowl mounted display?

Aerial dusting navigation can follow differently formatted routes, the most common being the racetrack. Take a plot of land of irregular format, place both straightaways of an oval racetrack on top ...
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What is the angle of attack of horizontal stabilizer?

You are right, the horizontal tail of a conventional airplane appears to have a higher incidence, but the actual angle of attack is smaller than that of the wing. The wing, flying ahead of the tail, ...
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Why are passenger and cargo airplane noses manufactured separately from fuselages and then put together?

A radome, or nose cone, is essentially a structural cover serving a different purpose than the fuselage. These are made separate because they a special material invisible to the radar mounted beneath ...
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Why does the A320 still have this old fashioned nose?

Cockpit windows that sit flush with the fuselage can save a very small amount of drag, but they require large double curvature window panes. Manufacturing such panes is significantly more expensive ...
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What are these lines on the nose of a Boeing 737?

The lines on the nose radome (radar dome) of airplanes are called segmented lightning diverter strips, and they're made by a few different companies, one of which is Weather Guard Lightning Tech ...
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How serious is an impact like the 10/2017 Delta Airlines suspected bird strike?

There are a couple of assumptions that need to be cleared up. While I do not agree with the UFO But the official word was not UFOs... It was labelled a likely bird strike. especially at such an ...
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What is a mushing glide?

Why is it called a mushing glide? The aircraft is not cleanly cutting through the air. It is "mushing" through the air at a high angle of attack creating lots of drag and a slow forward airspeed. ...
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What does this statement about steep descent mean?

That comment by Wolfgang Langewiesche in his book "Stick and Rudder" has caused lots of discussion over the years. Maybe that is what he intended when he worded it so ambiguously. "By pointing ...
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What is the object on the nose of this HondaJet in this marketing video?

It is a Pitot tube. It is used to measure some air data values, depending on the model. The most basic will measure only pressures (and then "derives" the velocity of the aircraft), the most ...
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Why don't the noses have the same de-icing metal surface like that of the wing's leading edge, engines, tail, etc.?

Areas on the airplane with ice protection have it for important reasons: Ice on the wing/empennage disrupts airflow, adding drag and making it more susceptible to stalling. Ice on an engine cowl lip ...
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What are these bars on an F-16's nose?

Also, to add to Wayne's answer, there are multiple antennas because the computer that processes the data received compares the phase of the signals received from each of them to calculate the ...
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Why does the SR-71 Blackbird sometimes have dents in the nose?

The dents are there to provide a proper thickness window for DEF systems. Ferry noses had no need for DEF systems and so didn't have the bulges. If you look carefully at the noses you will see that ...
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