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Kareem El-Sadi (crosscheck9) Captain

Often, I see aircraft in the sim with wires on their exterior. Are these evident in real life aswell, and what is their purpose? Thanks!

https://flyawaysimulation.com/images/10/microsoft-flight-simulator-2004/

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to_coolguys First Officer

atleast i havent yet seen such wires in the real aircraft at the exterior and that too at the top.There might be wires on the landing gears....
looking at the pic makes me wonder why is the front gear of the aircraft so long???

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CrashGordon Chief Captain

crosscheck9 wrote:

Often, I see aircraft in the sim with wires on their exterior. Are these evident in real life aswell, and what is their purpose? Thanks!

https://flyawaysimulation.com/images/10/microsoft-flight-simulator-2004/

Radio antenna.

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brownbox Captain

i wouldve said rudder controls, but then I have second thoughts when I saw the second wire joining onto it 😎

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Kareem El-Sadi (crosscheck9) Captain

Thanks for the replies 😉

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Matthew Shope (mypilot) Chief Captain

CrashGordon wrote:

crosscheck9 wrote:

Often, I see aircraft in the sim with wires on their exterior. Are these evident in real life aswell, and what is their purpose? Thanks!

https://flyawaysimulation.com/images/10/microsoft-flight-simulator-2004/

Radio antenna.

Yes Just on my last lesson i noticed that on a plane at the club and asked my instructor about it. Old fashion Radio antenna.



Last edited by Matthew Shope (mypilot) on Sun Aug 27, 2006 5:19 pm, edited 1 time in total
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Kareem El-Sadi (crosscheck9) Captain

Thanks mypilot 😉

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Dave Copeland (davec) Captain

Yes, as the previous posts advise - they are radio antennae - the long wire types were used in the early days because radio comms used HF frequencies (3-30 Mhz) but with the development of more sophisticated comms systems, modern a/c now use VHF or UHF bands which require a different type/size of antennae.

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Kareem El-Sadi (crosscheck9) Captain

Very clear explanation there davec -- Thanks for taking the time 😉

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