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Now this is something you don't want to see when looking out of a window on a plane. [via]
Posted by on November 28, 2006 | Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | Digg this
Must be a dan dare (ryan air) plane !! - do they still wind up the elastic band for the prop just before take off!!!
Wednesday, November 29, 2006 at 08:03 PM
However, looks can be deceiving. This isn’t a 19th century solution, it’s a thoroughly modern one. As the comments on Turbanhead reveal, that isn’t duct tape it’s “Speed tape” - it’s specially formulated for use on airplanes (and racing cars and possibly even nuclear reactors). Those employees were actually doing what they would have in any first world airport!
“What you see is the perfectly safe and legal application of some heavy-duty aluminum bonding tape, called “speed tape” in the mechanic’s lexicon. Depending on what a plane’s maintenance manual stipulates — according to the dictates of the FAA — certain noncritical components can be temporarily patched with this material, embarrassing as it sometimes looks. It’s extremely strong, durable, and able to expand and contract through an extreme range of temperatures…”
Here’s a similar story of a passenger freaking out after watching the application of speed tape on a plane in Seattle.
Saturday, December 02, 2006 at 05:41 AM
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