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Pilots And Mechs: Best And Worst Days At Work?

Sat Jul 29, 2006 6:18 pm

inspired by the current thread on aircraft mechanics careers, people speaking about their jobs, i was just wondering if any days stick out in any of your minds as your best and worst days at work?
 
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Sat Jul 29, 2006 7:18 pm

Ok well when i was on work experience (and then hanging around) at my flight school the worst was finding out that one of our aircrafts had crashed at leicester on a Cross country solo (complete pilot error tried to go round on 40' flap in a cessna 152) and the best was us all flying down to france for a day (Le touquet) Awesome flight 2 hours in the cessnas and 1 hour in the seneca!!

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Sat Jul 29, 2006 7:25 pm

The worst day at work for me was the day that flt 261 crashed i had seen the a/c before it left and seen the flt crew the day before.The best day at work for me is any day we have no write ups. airplane 
 
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Sat Jul 29, 2006 8:53 pm

Worst night so far was the night my lead made me change a door seal at night with the temp near freezing. I learned, when the morning shift arrived, that the seal didn't need to be changed at all.

Best night was when I got to ride jumpseat for a 1.5 hour mx test flight. I learned some things from the pilots and they learned some things from me.
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Sat Jul 29, 2006 9:06 pm

Changing a Dart engine on a HS748in the dead of winter in Hall beach(in the arctic)...outside........

Working on a 8 stage bleed air leak in a B727 pylon un YUL and getting it fixed....The as we are walking away the fucking airplane springs a bad hydraulic leak in the belly.......Turned into a 32 hour day in 32c heat and humidity


Many good days...


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Sun Jul 30, 2006 12:12 am

Quoting Jamesbuk (Reply 1):
Ok well when i was on work experience (and then hanging around) at my flight school the worst was finding out that one of our aircrafts had crashed at leicester on a Cross country solo (complete pilot error tried to go round on 40' flap in a cessna 152)

Just trying to understand what happened here since you indicated that the cause of the accident was the pilot going around when he had full flaps. Most go-arounds start with full flaps. Did he pitch too high and stall or take all of his flaps out at once?
 
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Sun Jul 30, 2006 2:11 am

Quoting FSPilot747 (Reply 5):
FSPilot747

Neither he tried to pull back forgot full power so he lowered the nose to the ground put on full power then went back up the nose then lowered dont know why which meant the prop hit the runway with full power, he kept going then prop sheared off and flew off, he then kept going not braking for some reason then at the end of the runway (the longest one at leicester) he still had enough momentum to lift it out of the runway over a hedge and 50 Metres into the next field. He survived, mashed up face and a few snapped ribs extremely lucky if he was in the right seat he'd of been killed

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Sun Jul 30, 2006 5:01 am

Worst day: 3 aircraft running behind due to weather, including a heavy "A" check with plenty of scheduled work. They get in, ramp hits one aircraft with a tug and doesnt let us know (we found damage when it got to the hangar), same aircraft we have FOD damage #1 engine and fan blades to blend out.

Best day: Everything going smooth, no AOG's, all aircraft running ontime. No mechanics coming into my office whining about vac/sick/day trades, or something there fellow mechanic has done.
 
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Sun Jul 30, 2006 11:48 am

How about the day that everything you touch goes great,troubleshooting is spot-on,everythingyou work on goes perfect,your estimated returns to service are exact,you feel like "Mechanic of the year",the next day aw crap,nothing goes right you drop tools or hardware into some kind of abyss,nothing turns out right your times are off,you have ten thumbs...ouch. On the more serious side,it is a bad day if one of your ac crashes,a flood of thoughts do go through your mind.
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Sun Jul 30, 2006 3:33 pm

The Best Day is Every Day I get to work on the Job I Love & they pay me for it.Snags or no snags.
The Worst....When you try 100% working Non stop over 24hrs to rectify a Snag in Rain & yet things don't work out.

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Tue Aug 01, 2006 6:15 am

Wost day at work: Tuesday Sept. 11, 2001.

Best day at work: There are many I can think of but one of the better ones was the last guy laid off after 9/11 was recalled back to work.
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Tue Aug 01, 2006 6:45 am

Best day at work, having a job that does not involve skydrol. Worst day, having a job that involves skydrol.  Wink
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Tue Aug 01, 2006 7:22 am

Quoting Ilikeyyc (Reply 3):
that the seal didn't need to be changed at all.

I have done the same thing! I even told and pointed out the Pax Door Seal Striker Damage (when the rampies close the door with the pins out) was the whistling noise in flight but they made me change that stupid thing. Whole lot of rubber and a whole lot of silicone.

Quoting LMP737 (Reply 11):
Best day at work, having a job that does not involve skydrol. Worst day, having a job that involves skydrol.

The worst is when you forget you were working with the skydrol and its hot as S$%# and you wipe you eyes. Ouch. How about Fuel tanks? anyone?


Best day... No write-ups and you can get through a season of Family Guy, or South Park or buy stuff on E-bay

Bad day.... MX on the Crj-200 #2 engine in the winter. With the #2 engine cowls blocking the exhaust you cant start the APU and you freeze your a@@ off. If you are on the #1 engine or anywhere else on the plane you just step in the exhaust stream and warm up when you cant feel you legs,arms,etc..!
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Tue Aug 01, 2006 4:48 pm

Quoting LMP737 (Reply 11):
Worst day, having a job that involves skydrol


Amazing...The Fear this Can has Installed in AMTs/AMEs worldwide.I'll Always remember to Wash my Hands well before going for a Pee after working with Skydrol.  Smile
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Tue Aug 01, 2006 7:51 pm

Its always a good day when you watch the aircraft make its first test flight after you've had it in the hangar for months whilst giving it some major modifications. The aircraft has been stripped apart into so many pieces but its all back together, tested and safe to fly.
 
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Wed Aug 02, 2006 1:35 pm

Quoting Saintsman (Reply 14):
Its always a good day when you watch the aircraft make its first test flight after you've had it in the hangar for months whilst giving it some major modifications.

When it returns with "NIL" Snags post Test Flight, then Its an Excellent Day.
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Wed Aug 02, 2006 1:59 pm

Hey Mesa...How would you like to be on the #2 engine on the DC-10 in the winter? ...Atleast you were close to the ground. Anyway you stack it working on anything in the winter sucks...My worst day....getting laid off for 18 months with 16 yrs seniority then getting recalled back for 6 months then going on strike and NEVER coming back......
 
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Wed Aug 02, 2006 7:26 pm

Quoting Lucky42 (Reply 16):
My worst day....getting laid off for 18 months with 16 yrs seniority then getting recalled back for 6 months then going on strike and NEVER coming back

So What do you do Now.Out of Aviation or In Aviation at another place.
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Wed Aug 02, 2006 10:54 pm

Quoting HAWK21M (Reply 13):
Amazing...The Fear this Can has Installed in AMTs/AMEs worldwide.I'll Always remember to Wash my Hands well before going for a Pee after working with Skydrol.

When I work with skydrol I always make it a point to wear nitrite gloves. Even though you lose a bit of "feal" for the job you are doing it sure beats getting that suff on your hands. What amazes me that quite a few of my co-workers don't bother with gloves and handle skydrol filled components with their bare hands!
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Thu Aug 03, 2006 12:23 am

#2 engine on the DC10 seems to be the only engine that breaks! I guess I'm one of the guilty parties that doesn't glove up with Skydrol,don't know why,but it's just been my bad habit!
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Thu Aug 03, 2006 1:16 am

Working inside the vertical of a 727. We had to go in and do a clearance check at all the rib to stringer connections. It was hot, tight, and covered with a light coat of skydrol that had over the years leaked down from the horizontal stab. I always wondered how some guys got it done so quick.
 
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Thu Aug 03, 2006 1:41 am

Worst ever day was in 2001 when I saw the crew of the Avro that crashed about 3 hours before the crash occurred. I was working for Crossair at the time.

There is never a good time for an accident ever. But this one was particularly badly timed. Things were not going well for us and this just added to the problems. That in addition to the terrible tragedy that it was.

Best day would probably be my first day flying at my current company. Had a great training captain who made me feel at ease and really helped my start flying the RJ out of ORD. I immediately felt at home there and with this company. That has since changed a lot unfortunately, but it felt good while we had a domicile in ORD.
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Thu Aug 03, 2006 5:55 am

Worst day:
Changing toilet filters on a 757. Took out this one filter which had something brown, hairy and about 4 foot long clinging to it. Smelt foul. It took all my strength not to cough up my guts - it was that bad.

Best day:
Years ago when I still worked on light aircraft. Completed my first star annual (heavy maintenance check just before CofA renewal - done every three years here in the UK) where I did all of the work myself, airframe and engine. Test pilot invited me up for the flight test. The feeling of pride I had as the aircraft got airborne.......priceless. Imagine, she was looking like shit only a couple of weeks back.

I don't know what the fuss about skydrol is. I get it on my skin, it doesn't burn or have any other adverse reaction. Got it in the eye twice. Hurt like hell for what? 2 minutes? And that was it. Likewise why people wimp out over avgas/avtur. Had mouthfuls of each (avgas: I was siphoning some out of the tank on a Beech Baron - sucked too hard and got a mouthful; Avtur: doing a fuel sample on a 767 with my mouth open - bastard valve stuck open.).
 
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Thu Aug 03, 2006 5:30 pm

Quoting LMP737 (Reply 18):
What amazes me that quite a few of my co-workers don't bother with gloves and handle skydrol filled components with their bare hands

Once Worked on Check C in MWW with Cotton gloves [Big mistake],After my Right hand was soaked with Skydrol during those 24hrs of continous work on Hydraulics.The Skin on My Palm started Flaking out.Looked weird for the next Forthnight.

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Fri Aug 04, 2006 7:58 am

Quoting HAWK21M (Reply 13):
Wash my Hands well before going for a Pee after working with Skydrol.

Man I was in the locker room when a guy forgot to do this. Boy did I LMAO

Quoting LMP737 (Reply 18):
What amazes me that quite a few of my co-workers don't bother with gloves and handle skydrol filled components with their bare hands!



Quoting Panman (Reply 22):
I don't know what the fuss about skydrol is. I get it on my skin, it doesn't burn or have any other adverse reaction.

I was working in the Aft Equipment Bay in A CRJ-200 on the LH pack when the #1 HYD blew a hole and covered me in it. We were on the line and I couldnt find any castor oil (really couldnt see )so I had to go inside the terminal to MC D's at F2 here in ORD and get one of those little bottles of milk to stop the pain........Bad Day

Quoting Lucky42 (Reply 16):
Hey Mesa...How would you like to be on the #2 engine on the DC-10 in the winter

That is one Patio I would not like to be on. And on a side note everyone I know that worked on DC-10's say they didnt know it even HAD anyother engine besides #2.
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Fri Aug 04, 2006 11:59 am

Quoting MesaMXORD (Reply 24):
Quoting Lucky42 (Reply 16):
Hey Mesa...How would you like to be on the #2 engine on the DC-10 in the winter

That is one Patio I would not like to be on. And on a side note everyone I know that worked on DC-10's say they didnt know it even HAD anyother engine besides #2.

Well Mesa I guess you do know something about the #2 engine on the DC-10
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Fri Aug 04, 2006 4:14 pm


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Sat Aug 05, 2006 12:46 am

The other thing that surprised me about the aft end of a DC10 is how high you could keep climbing.ladders kept going up and up!
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Sat Aug 05, 2006 2:48 am

My worst day would have to be the day that I was tasked to stick Modification Status plates to every J Class seat in the cabin (of 45) with one other guy. The access took forever and all it took was 3 seconds to whack a sticker on the frame of a seat which detailed the mod status of the seat.

BORING!

The best day was when we were tasked with an APU change. For some reason I got real satisfaction from the job and you cant beat satisfaction when you complete a job!
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Sat Aug 05, 2006 3:24 am

Quoting Kaddyuk (Reply 28):
My worst day would have to be the day that I was tasked to stick Modification Status plates to every J Class seat in the cabin (of 45) with one other guy. The access took forever and all it took was 3 seconds to whack a sticker on the frame of a seat which detailed the mod status of the seat.

i did that exact same job  Wink
 
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Sat Aug 05, 2006 10:28 am

Quoting Greasespot (Reply 4):
Changing a Dart engine on a HS748in the dead of winter in Hall beach(in the arctic)...outside........

There were a lot of those days for me when I worked for an FBO in Michigan...One of the customers pranged his Conquest on the run in to. St. Charles out on Beaver Island, bunged one prop and uncoupled the engine. So me and another guy went up there, 12 degrees F in a snowstorm, opened up the engine, stripped the gearbox down and inspected it, shoveled it back together and reset the NTS trip torque.....every ten or fifteen minutes we'd run back to the airport shack and warm up for ten minutes....didja ever try to hold three steel shot with one hand in a ferrule and try and reset a ball lock with the other in a snowstorm?

The operative lesson here that I just bet my friend from the north knows, is that you can do eight hours worth of work in three if the will is there.

Quoting Charlienorth (Reply 27):
The other thing that surprised me about the aft end of a DC10 is how high you could keep climbing.ladders kept going up and up!

I worked on the flight line at Douglas for four years....I'd get home and I'd be tired-my legs hurt, my knees hurt...I gave up smoking, drinking and spanking the monkey and I was still weak....unitl I counted. I was up and down that stand on the MD11 16 times in one night. All the way to the top.

On the other hand, I spent a lot of nights up in the bridal suite studying for school the next day...the little space over the horizontal stab....

All those guys who worked outdoors at NWA in MPLS-St. Paul have my admiration....good work, guys, even though the owners didn't appreciate it.

Almost forgot the best day at work....a Britt Airways Metro that I did a lot of really strange engine work on, it had been in a crash, I managed to save both cases and it was a pure pleasure to run the piss out of it and try and make my repairs break...pullling monster torque for ten or fifteen minutes at a time.
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Sat Aug 05, 2006 5:58 pm

Quoting Kaddyuk (Reply 28):
My worst day would have to be the day that I was tasked to stick Modification Status plates to every J Class seat in the cabin (of 45) with one other guy. The access took forever and all it took was 3 seconds to whack a sticker on the frame of a seat which detailed the mod status of the seat

My 1st job was Split pinning Pax Seat belts aft end hooks so that they don't get released.On a B737 took me 3 hrs.  Smile

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Sun Aug 06, 2006 4:52 pm

Quoting HAWK21M (Reply 31):
My 1st job was Split pinning Pax Seat belts aft end hooks so that they don't get released.On a B737 took me 3 hrs.

On a 737? PAH!!

When you've done it on an A300-600 come chat.

I suppose the 747 guys will be coming to tell me to sit down in a minute.

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Mon Aug 07, 2006 1:44 am

try manufacturing insulation for all the door surrounds for 12 days non stop, or cleaning floor beams with MEK for corrosion inspection, cleaning every oxygen mask on an A300, unlocking and locking nearly every seat on a 757, dinitrol the gear bays of any aircraft then all the floor beams then even the backshells of electrical connectors, de and re panelling wings for heavy C checks, fitting lifejackets to every seat, I could be here all day.
But then you have a satisfying day fixing AOG aircraft or doing engine changes, big component changes, big structural repairs/skin changes, Big pylon mods like the 757 pylon sips mods.
 
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Mon Aug 07, 2006 1:55 am

Quoting A/c train (Reply 33):
fitting lifejackets to every seat

ive done that on a 340-600 on my own, not fun!
 
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Mon Aug 07, 2006 3:47 am

Quoting Panman (Reply 32):
When you've done it on an A300-600 come chat



Quoting Matt72033 (Reply 34):
ive done that on a 340-600 on my own, not fun!

I complained that I had one shoe.Until I seen a Man that had one Foot  Smile

How long did you folks take.
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Mon Aug 07, 2006 4:31 am

Quoting HAWK21M (Reply 35):
I complained that I had one shoe.Until I seen a Man that had one Foot

How long did you folks take.

i was referring to the life jacket one....i didnt actually have 2 fit them all just remove them, check the date of expiry and refit them......took me about 4 hrs, mainly due to us having a dodgy lifejacket stowage on our J class seats!
 
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Mon Aug 07, 2006 4:53 am

Quoting Panman (Reply 22):
I don't know what the fuss about skydrol is. I get it on my skin, it doesn't burn or have any other adverse reaction. Got it in the eye twice. Hurt like hell for what? 2 minutes? And that was it.

Wow!! I think you're the exception to the rule. Last time I had it in my eyes it burned like hell for a good 45 minutes. I could see well enough to continue working after about 25 minutes (I was the only one there, was AOG until I took care of it) but I felt it for quite a while.
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Mon Aug 07, 2006 5:46 am

The day this happened at work was a bad day.


Big version: Width: 2113 Height: 1408 File size: 275kb



I came in about 10 hours after it happened....everybody had a long face.
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Mon Aug 07, 2006 9:01 am

Quoting L-188 (Reply 38):
The day this happened at work was a bad day.

Great photo...I'm sure it was expensive to fix.
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Mon Aug 07, 2006 12:14 pm

Quoting Dougloid (Reply 39):
Great photo...I'm sure it was expensive to fix.

It wasn't. It ended up off the side of the runway. During the cource of the salvage, a chop saw lit the fuselauge up.

Sad part was that at the time of it's demise, it was 3 weeks out of the paint shop after being repaired. It had run off the end of another runway 3 months prior.
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Mon Aug 07, 2006 12:18 pm




Quoting L-188 (Reply 38):
The day this happened at work was a bad day.

Amazing that the photographer just happened to be in that exact spot on that exact day, at that exact moment.




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Mon Aug 07, 2006 12:24 pm

Amazing pic, at the time it was taken, the blade rotating past 12 o'clock wasn't bent yet while the other was well into its introduction with the runway.
 
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Mon Aug 07, 2006 12:50 pm

Quoting 2H4 (Reply 41):
Amazing that the photographer just happened to be in that exact spot on that exact day, at that exact moment

Actually it isn't.....the photographer was the guy that was there to meet the plane.
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Mon Aug 07, 2006 12:54 pm




Quoting L-188 (Reply 43):
Actually it isn't.....the photographer was the guy that was there to meet the plane.

Ahhhhhhh....that makes sense. : )




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Mon Aug 07, 2006 3:42 pm

Quoting 2H4 (Reply 44):
Ahhhhhhh....that makes sense. : )

Yeah, it is an interesting experience when you land in an airplane and the whole town shows up to watch the landing because it is the biggest thing to land there.

Done that once in a Metro 23.
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Mon Aug 07, 2006 5:04 pm

Quoting L-188 (Reply 38):
I came in about 10 hours after it happened....everybody had a long face.

I don't know if you guys experienced it.But I sure can tell by the Surrounding & Noise on Reporting for Duty if something bad has occured on the Airport to Any Aircaft/Airline.There is a sense of Creepy silence & less talk.One knows somethings wrong.

Noticed this last when S2 VT-SID overshot the Runway at BOM too.

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Dougloid
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RE: Pilots And Mechs: Best And Worst Days At Work?

Mon Aug 07, 2006 11:41 pm

On looking at the photo a little more closely, it is a classic Merlin MLG collapse. The Metroliners were famous for this gambit, and I worked on several that had one or both MLG legs collapse.

One was attributable to human error. A Britt Metro was taking off from Carbondale, Illinois and the pilot started the takeoff roll with the MLG selector in the up position, the idea being that as soon as he broke ground the gear would suck up all nice and pretty like.

They hit a whoops-de-doo on the runway that was enough to unload the squat switch and the gear started up. The pilot chopped the power and she ground to a halt.

It ground the keelsons off the nacelles and ground up the spar cap, so Fairchild made some sort of a rupture truss that we installed to beef up the spar.
I managed to save the engines too.

The over center dimension on the MLG is not much, and it tended to get overlooked when doing maintenance in the winter-they were getting a 100 hr inspection every two weeks.
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RE: Pilots And Mechs: Best And Worst Days At Work?

Tue Aug 08, 2006 12:20 am

Quoting Aogdesk (Reply 37):
Next time we spring a leak, I'm giving you a call..

They do here at work already.
 
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RE: Pilots And Mechs: Best And Worst Days At Work?

Tue Aug 08, 2006 2:17 am

On looking further I see that the right gear leg is folding up bass ackwards.

Any idea what caused this failure? I've worked on a few Merlins and Metros and never saw this happen before. Well, more than a few. Quite a number. I've even got my certificate from Fairchild somewhere for tank sealing.

What was the N number? Gotta be an NTSB report somewhere.

I misappropriated the picture for wallpaper on my computer-it's a great shot.
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