Bruce From United States of America, joined May 1999, 5049 posts, RR: 15 Posted (12 years 12 months 2 days 18 hours ago) and read 1200 times:
When I was spotting from the Terminal at DEN this month, I noticed a UAL airbus 320 about to push back (loaded) and there were 3 people doing something to the nose. since the Nose was close to the terminal window I had a good view and even got some photos of it.
They were applying some kind of tape to the very tip of the nose cone. when they walked away I could see it. It was clear because you could still see the United rainbow-colored stripes but it looked like some kind of patch. And then, the jet was pushed back and headed out to the runway.
why would they do this? What does the tape do? I bet it didn't give the passengers a good feeling seeing the plane leave with a taped up nose!
Bruce Leibowitz - Jackson, MS (KJAN) - Canon 50D/100-400L IS lens
242 From United States of America, joined Oct 2000, 498 posts, RR: 1
Reply 5, posted (12 years 12 months 1 day 5 hours ago) and read 1040 times:
>>>But wouldn't the tape come off in flight, with the cold temperatures and speed of the air hitting it?<<<
I remember chatting with a couple of race car fanatics one time about taping up damaged composite structures. They were telling me that race teams used this stuff called "100 mph tape" to re-attach things lost from the race car during track mishaps. I replied that in aviation, we used something similar, but much stronger and stickier, and we called it "600 mph tape".
It usually stays on, if it's applied correctly and the surface prepared properly.