Srbmod From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 1, posted
Tue Jun 5 2001 23:44:30 UTC (13 years 11 months 4 days 23 hours ago) and read 816 times:
It's a strip they use for detecting ice buildup on the wings.. Essentially, what they will do is run a pole on the strip (which has a rough surface like sandpaper), and if the pole ran smooth over the strip, there was ice on the wing, and the aircraft needs to be deiced.
DIA From United States of America, joined Jan 2001, 3273 posts, RR: 26
Reply 2, posted
Wed Jun 6 2001 00:02:40 UTC (13 years 11 months 4 days 23 hours ago) and read 801 times:
Srbmod is right.
I've started to notice them on the leading edges of some UA 737's, but the strip does not continue across width of wing such as TWA's.
Interesting - DIA
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Baec777 From United States of America, joined Oct 1999, 1231 posts, RR: 1
Reply 3, posted
Wed Jun 6 2001 02:29:57 UTC (13 years 11 months 4 days 20 hours ago) and read 768 times:
Thank you Srbmod, & DIA..
If I knew what that strips were for, I wouldnt ask that anyway... wow
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TWA717_200 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 4, posted
Wed Jun 6 2001 03:20:03 UTC (13 years 11 months 4 days 19 hours ago) and read 746 times:
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Csavel From United States of America, joined Jan 2001, 1397 posts, RR: 4
Reply 5, posted
Wed Jun 6 2001 05:45:56 UTC (13 years 11 months 4 days 17 hours ago) and read 707 times:
Pls forgive if this is a stupid question, but the "rough like sandpaper" sounds like it would create drag, maybe not much but over the course of a year or so, enough for bean counters to notice.
Obviously if the airlines are doing this, it doesn't,
But can some knowledgable persons explain a bit about this?
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