6/08/1988: ANA Paints Eyeballs on Jets, Cuts Bird Strikes

DALLAS – Today in Aviation, Japan’s All Nippon Airways (NH) announced in 1988 that painting eyeballs on its Airbus A380 jets cut bird collisions by 20%.

Bird strikes are a significant threat to flight safety and have caused a number of accidents with human casualties. There are over 13,000 bird strikes annually in the US alone. The first reported bird strike was by Orville Wright in 1905.

Two years prior to the announcement, NH discovered that having menacing-looking eyes painted on the engine intakes of its jet aircraft frightens away birds and prevents collisions. ANA was the first A380 customer in Japan, and three super read more ⇒

Source:: “Airways Magazine”

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