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User currently offlineUscgc130 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Posted (7 years 3 months 1 week 2 days 2 hours ago) and read 4924 times:

I've seen the additional emergency exits aft of the wing on the 707-320C and stretched DC-8 models referred to as "hat rack" doors. That strikes me as an odd name, since it seems unlikely that valuable cabin real estate would be taken up by dedicated hat racks, even back in the early '60s when hats were in fashion.

What's the origin of this term? Were there typically seats next to these doors like in any other row, or was it kept clear for easier evacuation?

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User currently offlineN8076U From United States of America, joined Jun 2006, 425 posts, RR: 9
Reply 1, posted (7 years 3 months 1 week 2 days 2 hours ago) and read 4913 times:

Today's aircraft have "stow bins", but way back then, the overhead storage area was just open shelves, and were called "hat racks". Those "hat rack" emergency exit doors were shorter than the normal entry doors, allowing the hat rack to continue over the top of the door without interruption, hence the name.

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User currently offline474218 From United States of America, joined Oct 2005, 6340 posts, RR: 9
Reply 2, posted (7 years 3 months 1 week 2 days 2 hours ago) and read 4913 times:

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User currently offlineUSCGC130 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 3, posted (7 years 3 months 1 week 1 day 18 hours ago) and read 4807 times:

Quoting N8076U (Reply 1):
Today's aircraft have "stow bins", but way back then, the overhead storage area was just open shelves, and were called "hat racks". Those "hat rack" emergency exit doors were shorter than the normal entry doors, allowing the hat rack to continue over the top of the door without interruption, hence the name.

Hmmm, okay. That explanation never occurred to me because I figured emergency exits were just smaller by nature than regular doors, hat racks above them or no.

Thanks, everyone.


User currently offlineCanadianNorth From Canada, joined Aug 2002, 3390 posts, RR: 9
Reply 4, posted (7 years 3 months 1 week 20 hours ago) and read 4674 times:

Quoting N8076U (Reply 1):
but way back then, the overhead storage area was just open shelves,

For a good real life example, come fly Air North. Yes we still have "hat racks" on our Hawkers...


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User currently offlineHAWK21M From India, joined Jan 2001, 31684 posts, RR: 56
Reply 5, posted (7 years 3 months 1 week 12 hours ago) and read 4625 times:

The term is reffered to the current overhead bins on todays Aircraft.Only thing is these days there are no hats located there  Smile
regds
MEL



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User currently offlineWILCO737 From Greenland, joined Jun 2004, 9066 posts, RR: 76
Reply 6, posted (7 years 3 months 1 week 7 hours ago) and read 4596 times:
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Quoting HAWK21M (Reply 5):
Only thing is these days there are no hats located there

well, when I fly dead head in uniform (hat is part of the uniform) I'll put my hat up there  stirthepot 

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User currently offlineHAWK21M From India, joined Jan 2001, 31684 posts, RR: 56
Reply 7, posted (7 years 3 months 1 week 4 hours ago) and read 4563 times:

Quoting WILCO737 (Reply 6):
well, when I fly dead head in uniform (hat is part of the uniform) I'll put my hat up there

Remember to label the Hatrack so it can be retrived.  stirthepot 
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MEL



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