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B-17 "Aluminum Overcast" Ripped By Hail At APA  
User currently offlineKBJCpilot From United States of America, joined May 2012, 160 posts, RR: 6
Posted (2 years 1 month 2 weeks 18 hours ago) and read 6889 times:

The B-17, Aluminum Overcast is in Denver this week for a WWII commemoration and is on display at APA, Arapahoe County Airport, in Centennial, CO. Lat night, a severe thunderstorm swept into the area with 2" hail and damaging winds tearing up roofs, denting automobiles, and sadly, severely damaging the B-17. From the pictures on KUSA's website it doesn't look good. The upper control surfaces are riddled with tears and dents from the hail.

Link and pictures: http://www.9news.com/news/photo-gallery.aspx?storyid=271355

http://www.9news.com/images/640/360/...l/photogallery/271355/photo(1).JPG

[Edited 2012-06-07 16:12:55]


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User currently offlinekanban From United States of America, joined Jan 2008, 3383 posts, RR: 26
Reply 1, posted (2 years 1 month 2 weeks 16 hours ago) and read 6596 times:
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I believe that is mostly fabric, so part removal, stripping and repairing although tedious and time consuming will not affect the life of the aircraft

User currently offlineYXwatcherMKE From United States of America, joined May 2007, 967 posts, RR: 2
Reply 2, posted (2 years 1 month 2 weeks 15 hours ago) and read 6416 times:

My Father flew those B-17's in WWII and had shown us kids picture of B-17's with far more damage that came from the German 109's and flack and still managed to fly hundreds of mile back to their base. The B-17 is one very tough bird and could be repair within a short amount of time. Sometimes as little as 24 hours if need be. As Kanban stated most of the skin is a fabric like material on the wing and is an easy to fix, but will take some time to do because it most likely not going to be on sight unless the people that flew the B-17 in have it with them and have the know how to make the repairs.


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User currently offlineL-188 From United States of America, joined Jul 1999, 29791 posts, RR: 58
Reply 3, posted (2 years 1 month 2 weeks 13 hours ago) and read 6313 times:

Fabric shouldn't be hard to find. It will take a day or two to get everything stiched and the silvercoat of dope on it. Sheetmetal will take longer, and there may be some rib repairs needed if one of them them took a direct hit from a hailstone

As far as hail, this airplane stood up to 88mm flak guns, a bit of hail is nothing.



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User currently offlineha763 From United States of America, joined Jan 2003, 3632 posts, RR: 5
Reply 4, posted (2 years 1 month 2 weeks 12 hours ago) and read 6292 times:
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Quoting L-188 (Reply 3):
As far as hail, this airplane stood up to 88mm flak guns, a bit of hail is nothing.

Yeah, the damage from the hail is nothing compared to the damage to B-17s took in the pictures at this website.

http://www.daveswarbirds.com/b-17/contents.htm

And all those damaged B-17s were amazingly able to return to base.


User currently offlineboeingfixer From Canada, joined Jul 2005, 529 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (2 years 1 month 1 week 6 days 22 hours ago) and read 6022 times:

Quoting L-188 (Reply 3):
Fabric shouldn't be hard to find. It will take a day or two to get everything stiched and the silvercoat of dope on it.

Getting the fabric is the easy part of the job. It will actually take a lot longer to recover the control surfaces. I estimate 10-14 working days to remove, strip, prep, recover, final finish and install the ailerons and elevators and that's with a good fabric working crew in a good facility.

Cheers,

John



Cheers, John YYC
User currently onlineDiamondFlyer From United States of America, joined Oct 2008, 1503 posts, RR: 3
Reply 6, posted (2 years 1 month 1 week 6 days 17 hours ago) and read 5885 times:

Quoting boeingfixer (Reply 5):
Getting the fabric is the easy part of the job. It will actually take a lot longer to recover the control surfaces. I estimate 10-14 working days to remove, strip, prep, recover, final finish and install the ailerons and elevators and that's with a good fabric working crew in a good facility.

EAA says the aircraft will be flying passenger rides next weekend in Denver for those who had purchased them already. There are a lot of people who would gladly donate time to work on such an aircraft.

-DiamondFlyer


User currently offlineL-188 From United States of America, joined Jul 1999, 29791 posts, RR: 58
Reply 7, posted (2 years 1 month 1 week 5 days 11 hours ago) and read 5650 times:

Quoting boeingfixer (Reply 5):
. It will actually take a lot longer to recover the control surfaces. I estimate 10-14 working days to remove, strip, prep, recover, final finish and install the ailerons and elevators and that's with a good fabric working crew in a good facility.

That probably isn't too far off.

Again you could probably skimp a bit on the number of silver coats, plus I think they should be able to get multiple teams to work on one or two surfaces at a time which will speed things up.



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