One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A dome or other structure protecting radar equipment and made from material transparent to radio waves, especially one on the outer surface of an aircraft.
- ‘Work was eventually undertaken which included the installation of survey and mapping gear and the addition of a large radome under the bomb bay with another radome under the port wing.’
- ‘The radar, installed in a radome on top of the main mast, carries out long-range air and surface surveillance and weapon control.’
- ‘During its service with the Navy, it was fitted with various radar radomes necessitating the larger fins.’
- ‘A crew of three was required and they were housed in a single cockpit while radar was mounted in a radome at the front of the fuselage.’
- ‘With the aid of a pair of good quality binoculars it was quite possible to see the rotating radome on the top of the aircraft's fuselage.’
1940s: blend of radar and dome.
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