KC135TopBoom From United States of America, joined Jan 2005, 12160 posts, RR: 51
Reply 6, posted (8 years 3 months 2 weeks 5 days 13 hours ago) and read 7321 times:
Quoting L-188 (Reply 5): Salvageable yes, but I still wonder if it wouldn't be easier to trade that airframe out with one that is schedualed to go to the desert.
Even though this damage is easily repairable, it may be a lot cheaper to scrap her and re constitute one of the desert storage Bones.
Quoting L-188 (Reply 5): I was surprised to see that dust cloud to....must have picked up concrete dust during the slide.
That is not a good sign for an airplane that is thought not to have a lot of damage. Those chuncks of concrete, and concrete dust would have gone through bulkheads, and strong structures. Concrete dust is highly corrosive, esspecially to engines, and all four inlets must be full of this stuff. Does anyone know if the engines were shut down on landing, in an attempt to reduce damage to them?
My guess is it won't take long to decide to scrap her in place, and salvage all useable parts.