Srbmod From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 1, posted
Tue Jun 5 2001 23:44:30 UTC (14 years 4 months 1 week 5 days 3 hours ago) and read 888 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: 25
Reply 2, posted
Wed Jun 6 2001 00:02:40 UTC (14 years 4 months 1 week 5 days 2 hours ago) and read 873 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 (14 years 4 months 1 week 5 days ago) and read 840 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 (14 years 4 months 1 week 4 days 23 hours ago) and read 818 times:
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Csavel From United States of America, joined Jan 2001, 1428 posts, RR: 4
Reply 5, posted
Wed Jun 6 2001 05:45:56 UTC (14 years 4 months 1 week 4 days 20 hours ago) and read 779 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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