Radome (nose cone) for Concorde aircraft, c 1970.
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Made by British aerospace, this is the nose cone of Concorde, the world's first supersonic jet airliner. The radome is where the aircraft's radar sits and is made from glas fibre reinforced epoxy resin. The materials used to make the radome must be strong, lightweight and tough, but also have to be transparent to radar. The nose cone was designed to be tilted downwards on take-off and landing from its normal horizontal position in order to give the pilots better forward visibility.