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B707 Emergency Evacuation Slides?

Sun Nov 21, 2004 6:39 am

Not sure if anybody in here will be able to answer this one....................... I was looking at a photo of a Braniff International Airlines B707 taken in 1960. It showed the passengers boarding via the old airstairs. I noticed that the airplane door didn't have a "bussle" (the compartment that holds the evacuation slide) Many photos of the other jets didn't have it as well. So, my question: Where were the slides, if any, kept and how were they deployed if required on these early jet aircraft? Thanks for your info!
 
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RE: B707 Emergency Evacuation Slides?

Sun Nov 21, 2004 7:17 am

Escape slides were not required until 1961 or 62 I believe. I don't know the exat year, but it was around then. Just like door outlines were not applied until then either. If you look at the early Pan Am 707's you will probably notice they were also missing emergency escape slide packs
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RE: B707 Emergency Evacuation Slides?

Sun Nov 21, 2004 7:45 am

On BOAC 707s we had them, but for the life of me I cannot remember exactly how they actually worked, but here goes!

From my vague memory, there was a stainless steel bar which was located at the base of the evacuation pack on the door, and when we closed a door, this bar had has to be clipped into two 'hooks' on the floor, on each side, at the base of the door. The so-called 'arming'!

The opposite had to be done before opening the doors, unclip the steel bar and then open the door. The door had to be opened by a crew member inside the aircraft, not by the ground staff outside, as done now!

Yes, it did happen - sometimes the doors were opened without unclipping that steel bar, with the result of the slide expanding inside the aircraft. It never happened on any of my trips - thank goodness!

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RE: B707 Emergency Evacuation Slides?

Sun Nov 21, 2004 8:17 am

From my vague memory, there was a stainless steel bar which was located at the base of the evacuation pack on the door
Well they're known as girt bars by US terminology. What he's getting at is that he wants know when they became required by the FAA or foreign safety administrations. They became mandatory in the early 60's along with having to paint a border around the all exit doors/hatches etc....
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RE: B707 Emergency Evacuation Slides?

Sun Nov 21, 2004 8:28 am

Well they're known as girt bars by US terminology.

Thanks!

What he's getting at is that he wants know when they became required by the FAA or foreign safety administrations.

Thanks again! I didn't see anything in the question about when the safety requirements came about.

The poster's question, from my reading was:-

Where were the slides, if any, kept and how were they deployed if required on these early jet aircraft?

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RE: B707 Emergency Evacuation Slides?

Sun Nov 21, 2004 10:12 am

On some piston aircraft, they had some sort of chute on them that was stored in a bin near the door.
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RE: B707 Emergency Evacuation Slides?

Mon Nov 22, 2004 1:32 am

At AV on our Boeing 720B'S and later on the 707's, the escape slides where door mounted in packs. Their girt bars had to be manually engaged by the flight attendants prior to taxi and disengaged before opening the doors at the end of the taxiing into the gate or parking ramp. They where only available at the front and rear, main and galley doors.

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