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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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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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Do fighter jets have windshield wipers?

No modern US fighter jets are equipped with windshield wipers. At faster speeds they aren't needed as moderate rain simply blows off. Heavy rain at slower approach speeds will sometimes present a ...
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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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Do fighter jets have windshield wipers?

Fighters or other airplanes without special provisions like boundary layer blowers or wiper systems, that fly in rain a lot, can/will apply water-beading coatings like "Rain-X" or an ...
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Do fighter jets have windshield wipers?

No, because they do not need them. This video, named See Why Jets Don't Need Windshield Wipers shows an in-cockpit view of an American jet taking off from an aircraft carrier. You can see that prior ...
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Why do modern airliners have windscreens which open?

Not all modern aircraft have windows that can be opened. The Boeing 747 for example does not. On the Boeing 737, the windows can be opened for two reasons: Emergency Evacuation: When the aircraft ...
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Are Dreamliner windscreens periodically replaced irrespective of damage?

First, Boeing does not provide any statues for when maintenance is performed. They provide guidelines and recommendations through the Maintenance Planning Data (MPD) manual that most airlines follow. ...
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How did the windshield technology evolve?

The two biggest differences both relate to their widely different cruise speeds: the 747 at 500kt and the DC3 at 180kt. The 747 is also pressurized and the DC3 is not. The 747 is curved for ...
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Why new jet aircraft have wider, larger cockpit windshield/windscreen?

The area of the windscreen is limited by the structural strength of the materials. The windscreen must withstand the difference between cabin pressure and outside air pressure during cruise. In ...
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What are those white things on the windshields of most Citation jets?

Those are ducts that form the ice and rain protection system for the windshield. That is a vague answer because the precise answer depends on which particular type you look at. The main thing you see ...
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What are those white things on the windshields of most Citation jets?

If you have a look here you will note that they are the outlets for the pneumatic rain-protection-system. As always, the FAA manual is great to look at if you want more information. Here you can see ...
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What's this stick-like thing on the glass of C-130J?

It's part of the windshield anti-icing system, and is the same as on the Navy's C-130T. From the NATOPS flight manual for the T model, page 2-150: The three windshields, the two windows on each side ...
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Why, until recently, were smooth nose sections not popular?

Aircraft windshields usually need to be serviced more often than other parts of the nose, because any debris (hail, birds etc) might cause scratch marks or fractures that obstruct the view and might ...
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Why, until recently, were smooth nose sections not popular?

Part of the reason for the nose shape was a radar dish being installed there. A new Bendix or RCA weather radar could be installed in the nose, which changed the nosecone shape.
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Specific Acrylics for fabricating windscreen

You need cast acrylic sheet (not extruded). If you are in North America you can get it from Aircraft Spruce https://www.aircraftspruce.com/catalog/mepages/plexiglas.php?clickkey=7342. The cast sheet ...
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