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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 radar dome on the E-3 have a white stripe down the middle?

The white strip is the metallic part which houses the electronics and serves as support structure for the antenna. The black part is basically a composite (fiberglass) shell, which covers the antenna. ...
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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 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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Could the radar on a passenger plane be used as a makeshift AWACS?

In short, a weather radar is not able to detect small targets. Clouds are large volume objects, not comparable in size with an aircraft. It is very unlikely a weather radar could detect another ...
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Radome replacement process for radome damaged by bird strike

I have experience in this area (not with Airbus). The airline will do whatever is (1) fastest and/or (2) cheapest. If the airplane can be ferried, say by applying speed tape over the damage and ...
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Why does the radar dome on the E-3 have a white stripe down the middle?

During aircrew briefings for operations with AWACS, it was stated that aircraft in the vicinity of an AWACS aircraft can determine that the radar is operational if the dome is rotating, easily seen ...
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Why is the nose cone of the Su-34 white?

It is all part of the camouflage. The blue parts on the bottom make the aircraft hard to identify from below against a blue-background (sky). The dark parts on the top make it difficult to identify ...
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Could the radar on a passenger plane be used as a makeshift AWACS?

The pilot can tell other aircraft what he sees on the radar. However, the weather radar is only really designed to detect dangerous weather. There are multiple functions an airliner's weather radar ...
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What is the thickness of an A320 radome?

It varies in different part numbers. Yes, Airbus offers a few designs to use. I'm not a structure expert, but I'm pretty sure the main difference is on their material, like Kevlar or Quartz, and how ...
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Could the radar on a passenger plane be used as a makeshift AWACS?

No. Much, much more than a similar airframe is needed. Consider that: That giant Frisbee on the top has 360 coverage instead of a small cone out the front. It's way more powerful. There are all ...
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Why is the nose cone of the Su-34 white?

They're white because that's the cove of the radar dome(Radome) by being white, they reflect em interference and thermal suns rays to keep radar clutter to a minimum
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