Sign in to follow this  
Guest TerryT

Antennas?

Recommended Posts

Hello all,I have seen on TV, video of airliners,don't know which ones offhand,trailing in flight what appears to be an antenna with a drouge chute. This extends from the top of the vertical stabilizer. Any ideas?ThanksSinbad

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Help AVSIM continue to serve you!
Please donate today!

Sounds like a HF (High Frequency antenna maining used for long distance voice communications over the ocean.Terry

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

They don't usually trail it with a drogue(HF antennae)It's usually fixed top of flight deck to top of fin or similar position.In the past some military aircraft have been used for LF experiments and have trailed very long wires but they would have been trailed from the underside of the aircraft.Perhaps you can give us a little more detail Sinbad - how long was the wire(approx)several feet? several yards/meters? How large did the Drogue seem to be?Dave

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Sinbad again,The antenna(?) appeared to be maybe 8-10 feet long and the "drouge" seemed like it may have been maybe 1 foot in diameter. This is hard to tell from TV. I'll see if I can find a pic of one. The object was trailing from the stab aft.Sinbad

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

That is exactly what I was refering too. Thanks so muchSinbad

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Sinbad -I photographed a similar arrangement on an Israel Westwind last year, which you can see in this photo:http://www.airliners.net/open.file/283842/L/this particular plane was doing high speed, low approaches during their testing phase._____________________________Jeff S. KDTWPilot - Land & SeaInstrument Rated

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Thanks guys for the pictures of the trailing wires. The military did use long cables for HF before newer antennas and satelites came into play.Terry

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Create an account or sign in to comment

You need to be a member in order to leave a comment

Create an account

Sign up for a new account in our community. It's easy!

Register a new account

Sign in

Already have an account? Sign in here.

Sign In Now
Sign in to follow this