Silk on the Concorde?

Date:         29 Apr 99 22:11:55 
From:         "Galen L. Hinshaw" <davinci@atomic.net>
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A co-worker of mine asked me a very thought-provoking question. It seems
his son gets extra credit if he can to answer this question correctly.
"Why is silk used on the nose of the Concorde?"

A few of our theories involve anti-static properties, heat dissipation,
radar compatability, and erosion resistance. Can anyone answer this one
with proof? Not looking for WAG's or suppositions. Please reply directly
to this address.

Galen H.