Falstaff From United States of America, joined Jun 2006, 5886 posts, RR: 28 Posted (5 years 3 months 3 weeks 4 days 8 hours ago) and read 14555 times:
I was reading an article about flying the 727 in the new issue of Airways and there was a mention of there being six pieces of wood in a 727. Where are the pieces of wood and what are they used for? Do other modern jetliners have any wooden parts?
Tdscanuck From Canada, joined Jan 2006, 12709 posts, RR: 81 Reply 1, posted (5 years 3 months 3 weeks 4 days 8 hours ago) and read 14472 times:
Quoting Falstaff (Thread starter): I was reading an article about flying the 727 in the new issue of Airways and there was a mention of there being six pieces of wood in a 727. Where are the pieces of wood and what are they used for?
I have no idea, but I'd strongly suspect there's at least some balsa-core composite somewhere in there.
Rampkontroler From United States of America, joined Sep 2001, 859 posts, RR: 6 Reply 4, posted (5 years 3 months 3 weeks 4 days 7 hours ago) and read 14366 times:
The article reads:
"There is no better way to learn systems and procedures than instructing. But it's important to remember that just because you know the thread diameter and metallurgy of the four bolts that secure the engines to the fuselage, your students don't. Jokingly inquiring about the only letter that doesn't appear on a factory-stamped engineer's panel, or how many pieces of wood there are on a 727 is fine. But we've all suffered through instructors who lecture simply to hear themselves speak."
I assume that's the wood reference you were talking about, and I would like to know the answer as well. All I can picture is maybe a dowel inside of some tubing somewhere, if indeed he wasn't just joking!
Critter From United States of America, joined Jan 2000, 267 posts, RR: 2 Reply 11, posted (5 years 3 months 3 weeks 4 days 4 hours ago) and read 13584 times:
If I am not mistaken......I believe that there are several phenolic wood cable guides in the main gear wheel wells. These guides keep the control cables from rubbing and fraying on other metal structures.
Crownvic From United States of America, joined Oct 2004, 1730 posts, RR: 6 Reply 20, posted (5 years 3 months 3 weeks 4 days 3 hours ago) and read 13342 times:
While not on the 727, many years back, I was around a 707-321 that was being broken up in ACY and I found it interesting that on this particular a/c, the entire ventral fin on the aft belly fuselage was mostly made of wood...
Yegger From Canada, joined Mar 2004, 69 posts, RR: 0 Reply 21, posted (5 years 3 months 3 weeks 4 days 2 hours ago) and read 13217 times:
There was a wooden piece that was used to lock the handle of rear cabin door (from the inside) to the rear stairs. This was used so that it was difficult to enter a parked/out of service/overnighting B727 aircraft (you couldn't simply walk up the stairs and go in) from the ground without using a lift truck or other vehicle to access the main doors.
727forever From United States of America, joined Jan 2006, 792 posts, RR: 5 Reply 22, posted (5 years 3 months 3 weeks 4 days 2 hours ago) and read 12885 times:
Quoting KL808 (Reply 9): If im not mistaken the part under engine number 2 where the aircraft can skid on when it over rotates is made out of wood. I think I read this somewhere that even the original B747's had these.
Nope sorry. It was definately metal.
On the door to the fuel dump panel there are two little wooden strips on the inside of the door that when slammed closed push all of the dump switches closed. I can also confirm that the Engineers table top was wood.