captjetblast
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Gimli Glider Repaired In 2 Days!

Mon Feb 18, 2002 11:39 pm

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?

?
 
Rick767
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RE: Gimli Glider Repaired In 2 Days!

Tue Feb 19, 2002 1:33 am

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...
 
D-aqui
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RE: Gimli Glider Repaired In 2 Days!

Tue Feb 19, 2002 2:23 am

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.

d-aqui
 
airplay
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RE: Gimli Glider Repaired In 2 Days!

Tue Feb 19, 2002 3:06 am

Not full repairs....just enough to get it out of Gimli and into an Air Canada hangar.
 
Mr Spaceman
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RE: Gimli Glider Repaired In 2 Days!

Tue Feb 19, 2002 6:16 am

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



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lmml 14/32
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RE: Gimli Glider Repaired In 2 Days!

Tue Feb 19, 2002 7:02 am

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

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

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

 
CPH-R
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RE: Gimli Glider Repaired In 2 Days!

Tue Feb 19, 2002 9:40 am

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).
 
lmml 14/32
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RE: Gimli Glider Repaired In 2 Days!

Tue Feb 19, 2002 8:04 pm

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.
 
A/c train
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RE: Gimli Glider Repaired In 2 Days!

Tue Feb 19, 2002 11:38 pm

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

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