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User currently offlineUAL Bagsmasher From United States of America, joined Sep 1999, 2150 posts, RR: 9
Posted (13 years 1 month 3 days 3 hours ago) and read 2347 times:

Last night a WN B737 lost what the media called an "Elephant Ear" on approach to MDW. It hit someone's house. It looked like a drain mast to me. Does anyone know what this piece of aircraft was?

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User currently offlineTechRep From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 1, posted (13 years 1 month 3 days 2 hours ago) and read 2316 times:

In a classic sense, the B737, doesn't have a real "Elephant Ear" like the DC-9 does, I believe they are mistaken. The elephant ear is more or less a fairing connected to the inner most portion of the inboard flap. This fairing (elephant ear), when flaps are retracted, fairs with the aircraft lower wing to body fairing, creating an aerodynamic fit with the flap and aircraft fairing.

This parts looks like a portion of the lower wing to body fairing. Elephant ears are classic back bruisers when flaps are down. Often a mechanic will hit his/her back on it doing inspections in that area looking for flap damage from the main tires.


User currently offlineTechRep From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 2, posted (13 years 1 month 3 days 2 hours ago) and read 2302 times:

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If you look very close at this DC-9, at the left inboard flap, you will notice what is called an elephant ear, hanging down slightly. You have to actually rig this in C Check and a gap check is required to the aircraft body.

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Now look at the B737 here same place no fairing on the flap. If I am not mistaken this is the panel that gets crunched sometimes when flaps are extended/retracted and it catches the flap in transit. You can see it on the aircraft side in this picture clearly.


User currently offlineSJCguy From United States of America, joined Apr 2001, 579 posts, RR: 1
Reply 3, posted (13 years 1 month 3 days 2 hours ago) and read 2287 times:

Whatever it's called, I know exactly which piece that is...right on the inner-most part of the flaps against the fuselage...it's barely 2 feet if that...


User currently offlineDuncan From United States of America, joined Apr 2002, 131 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (13 years 1 month 3 days 1 hour ago) and read 2265 times:

Hmmm, isn't the elephant's ear the thing that the elephant uses to listen with? Gives me an idea for a new thread........


User currently offlineFredT From United Kingdom, joined Feb 2002, 2185 posts, RR: 26
Reply 5, posted (13 years 1 month 2 days 18 hours ago) and read 2226 times:

perhaps Dumbo had a structural failure in flight?  Big grin


I thought I was doing good trying to avoid those airport hotels... and look at me now.
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