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Replacing MLG Wheel "in Flight", 1920's  
User currently offlineGeezer From United States of America, joined Aug 2010, 1479 posts, RR: 2
Posted (1 year 7 months 1 week 8 hours ago) and read 5437 times:

A very strange story; I can't think of anyplace other than tech / ops to put it; this old video, (shot in the 1920's) shows a female "wing-walker", one Gladys Ingles, replacing a wheel that had fallen off, in flight.

http://www.flixxy.com/mid-air-airplane-repair.htm

Ingles is shown with a replacement wheel being strapped to her back; In the film, Ingles transfers herself from the rescue plane to the one missing the main landing gear tire; she then works herself down to the undercarriage where she "installs" the new wheel.

She died at age 82.
 
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User currently offlinecornutt From United States of America, joined Jan 2013, 338 posts, RR: 1
Reply 1, posted (1 year 7 months 1 week 7 hours ago) and read 5399 times:

Damn. I've read that some of the pre-WWII aircraft had tunnels through the wings that allowed an onboard mechanic to access and service the engines in flight.

User currently offlineGeezer From United States of America, joined Aug 2010, 1479 posts, RR: 2
Reply 2, posted (1 year 7 months 1 week 6 hours ago) and read 5365 times:

Quoting cornutt (Reply 1):
Damn. I've read that some of the pre-WWII aircraft had tunnels through the wings that allowed an onboard mechanic to access and service the engines in flight.

You were probably reading about the B-36 Peacemaker; I have spoken with several people who performed in-flight maintenance on them. If you ever take a trip to Dayton, you can see a B-36 "up close", and when you see the size of it's wings, you'll understand why this was possible; ( from what I've been told, it was a pretty noisy place to work! )

BTW.........the B-36 was "post" WW 2; the only thing I can think of during WW 2 that even started to have wings that big, was the B-19, and only 1 or 2 of them were ever built; if I'm not mistaken, only one of them ever flew.



Stupidity: Doing the same thing over and over and over again and expecting a different result; Albert Einstein
User currently offlinefrancoflier From France, joined Oct 2001, 3790 posts, RR: 11
Reply 3, posted (1 year 7 months 6 days 22 hours ago) and read 5278 times:

Quoting Geezer (Reply 2):
the only thing I can think of during WW 2 that even started to have wings that big, was the B-19, and only 1 or 2 of them were ever built; if I'm not mistaken, only one of them ever flew.

I believe some of the between-war era floatplanes (Clippers) had very thick wings with walk-in or crawl-in abilities, as well as inflight engine maintenance.



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User currently offlinedkswim From United States of America, joined Sep 2010, 30 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (1 year 7 months 5 days 1 hour ago) and read 4946 times:

dont forget about blimps

User currently offlinerwessel From United States of America, joined Jan 2007, 2368 posts, RR: 2
Reply 5, posted (1 year 7 months 4 days 19 hours ago) and read 4882 times:
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Quoting dkswim (Reply 4):
dont forget about blimps

ITYM airships. You usually cannot enter the "balloon" part of a blimp, and engines on a non-rigid airship are usually mounted on the gondola.


User currently offlineBE77 From Canada, joined Nov 2007, 455 posts, RR: 0
Reply 6, posted (1 year 7 months 4 days 11 hours ago) and read 4790 times:

The Martin Mars allows access to the engines in the wing as well...must be four feet of space in there.
When touring at Sproat Lake a few years ago,, we were told that cylinders would be replaced if needed on the way to Guam when they were in their first life.



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User currently offlineDiamondFlyer From United States of America, joined Oct 2008, 1565 posts, RR: 3
Reply 7, posted (1 year 7 months 4 days 9 hours ago) and read 4759 times:

Quoting rwessel (Reply 5):
You usually cannot enter the "balloon" part of a blimp, and engines on a non-rigid airship are usually mounted on the gondola.

Sure you can, just not in flight. But yes, I think he did mean the old rigids, as they could get basically anywhere in the ship at any time.

-DiamondFlyer


User currently offlinespeedygonzales From Norway, joined Sep 2007, 733 posts, RR: 0
Reply 8, posted (1 year 7 months 4 days 8 hours ago) and read 4735 times:

Quoting dkswim (Reply 4):
dont forget about blimps

Zeppelins, not blimps.



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User currently offlineflyingturtle From Switzerland, joined Oct 2011, 2439 posts, RR: 14
Reply 9, posted (1 year 7 months 4 days 7 hours ago) and read 4731 times:

My memory must be very flaky, but I somehow remember a picture from a (Russian-made?) airliner that featured an open viewing platform at the back... sort of a balcony.    


David



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User currently offlineDiamondFlyer From United States of America, joined Oct 2008, 1565 posts, RR: 3
Reply 10, posted (1 year 7 months 4 days 7 hours ago) and read 4726 times:

Quoting speedygonzales (Reply 8):
Zeppelins, not blimps.

Again, not just zeppelins, but rigid airships. Zeppelin is a specific manufacture, rigid airship is what they built.

-DiamondFlyer


User currently offlineMD11Engineer From Azerbaijan, joined Oct 2003, 14061 posts, RR: 62
Reply 11, posted (1 year 7 months 4 days 6 hours ago) and read 4710 times:

In 1928, during the LZ-127 Graf Zeppelin´s first Atlantic crossing 25 feet of fabric got torn away from the lower side of the lefthand horizontal stabilizer, threatening to foul the rudder. Four crewmembers volunteered to climb outside to cut away the damaged fabric and to jury repair the stabilizer framework:
http://1.bp.blogspot.com/_5uHfUqugf88/Skg4fUHBhvI/AAAAAAAAAy4/fjIodeyNIzg/s1600/Fin%2Brepair%2Bon%2BGraf.jpg

Similarly during the round-the-world trip by the airship, the outer hull got damaged over the South Atlantic in 1933.
With the engines stopped and the airship drifting, the riggers went topside and repaired the damage:
http://2.bp.blogspot.com/_5uHfUqugf88/Skg5rLLDnNI/AAAAAAAAAzI/koURYp0SIdk/s1600/hull%2Brepair%2Bon%2BGraf2.jpg

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