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Gimli Glider Repaired In 2 Days!  
User currently offlineCaptjetblast From Argentina, joined Aug 2001, 289 posts, RR: 0
Posted (14 years 3 months 1 week 4 days 9 hours ago) and read 3962 times:

As reoprted:

"Air Canada Aircraft #604 was repaired sufficiently to be flown out of Gimli two days later"...

How could they repair the plane, after a nose gear collapse, a striken nacelle, and turn the runway again for a take off, being it already converted to a race speedway, in two days?


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User currently offlineRick767 From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2000, 2662 posts, RR: 50
Reply 1, posted (14 years 3 months 1 week 4 days 7 hours ago) and read 3922 times:

Must have had a big team of engineers working around the clock, but that's possible at a stretch.

I was once told a story about a group of Air Canada engineers who were called out to repair the 767 at Gimli, apparantly their minibus ran out of fuel on the way to Winnipeg!

No idea if it's true or not!

I used to love the smell of Jet-A in the morning...
User currently offlineD-AQUI From Germany, joined Sep 2001, 208 posts, RR: 8
Reply 2, posted (14 years 3 months 1 week 4 days 6 hours ago) and read 3912 times:

There has been information on the entire story. Just refer to http://www.airliners.net/discussions/tech_ops/read.main/31521/6/ to get the link.


User currently offlineAirplay From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 3, posted (14 years 3 months 1 week 4 days 5 hours ago) and read 3896 times:

Not full repairs....just enough to get it out of Gimli and into an Air Canada hangar.

User currently offlineMr Spaceman From Canada, joined Mar 2001, 2787 posts, RR: 8
Reply 4, posted (14 years 3 months 1 week 4 days 2 hours ago) and read 3884 times:

Hi Captjetblast.

You know the saying...A Picture's Worth A Thousand Words.

Well, here are 2 photos of this famous Air Canada 767..."The Gimli Glider"!!!

In some of these pix she's in her older colours (her livery when the accident happened), and the rest are of her in her current paint scheme.

My Mom flew on her from Tampa to Toronto in January 2002.

As I'm sure you know, just click on her REG (C-GAUN) and her photos will arrive.

Click for large version
Click here for full size photo!

Photo © Pierre Langlois

Click for large version
Click here for full size photo!

Photo © Felix Sieder

Chris  Smile

"Just a minute while I re-invent myself"
User currently offlineLMML 14/32 From Malta, joined Jan 2001, 2566 posts, RR: 6
Reply 5, posted (14 years 3 months 1 week 4 days 1 hour ago) and read 3869 times:

Whole story here: http://www.frontier.net/~wadenelson/successstories/gimli.html

.....The nose gear, which fell forward against the wind, hadn't gone over center....

I thought the nose gear extends towards the rear. Doesn't it?

User currently offlineCPH-R From Denmark, joined May 2001, 6536 posts, RR: 3
Reply 6, posted (14 years 3 months 1 week 3 days 23 hours ago) and read 3854 times:

Correct, LMML 14/32, however, the gear must first get into the layer of wind, which were going at pretty fast speeds! It would be like dropping a ball in a swimming pool. It needs to be very heavy in order to actually go down (yes, I know it has nothing to do with winds etc., but it's just so people can picture what I mean).

User currently offlineLMML 14/32 From Malta, joined Jan 2001, 2566 posts, RR: 6
Reply 7, posted (14 years 3 months 1 week 3 days 12 hours ago) and read 3803 times:

What you say makes perfect sense. So it's like the wheels just "plane" (as in aquaplane but on air) over the slipstream and does not actually penetrate it, so to speak, and therefore remains horizontal. I never thought of that.

User currently offlineA/c train From United Kingdom, joined Jun 2001, 501 posts, RR: 3
Reply 8, posted (14 years 3 months 1 week 3 days 9 hours ago) and read 3792 times:

SPEED TAPE, major structural repairs, naa, get it home. I would say a fair amount of speed tape was used!,

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