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"Hat Rack" Doors

Wed Jun 27, 2007 2:29 am

I've seen the additional emergency exits aft of the wing on the 707-320C and stretched DC-8 models referred to as "hat rack" doors. That strikes me as an odd name, since it seems unlikely that valuable cabin real estate would be taken up by dedicated hat racks, even back in the early '60s when hats were in fashion.

What's the origin of this term? Were there typically seats next to these doors like in any other row, or was it kept clear for easier evacuation?
 
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RE: "Hat Rack" Doors

Wed Jun 27, 2007 2:55 am

Today's aircraft have "stow bins", but way back then, the overhead storage area was just open shelves, and were called "hat racks". Those "hat rack" emergency exit doors were shorter than the normal entry doors, allowing the hat rack to continue over the top of the door without interruption, hence the name.

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RE: "Hat Rack" Doors

Wed Jun 27, 2007 2:55 am

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RE: "Hat Rack" Doors

Wed Jun 27, 2007 10:59 am

Quoting N8076U (Reply 1):
Today's aircraft have "stow bins", but way back then, the overhead storage area was just open shelves, and were called "hat racks". Those "hat rack" emergency exit doors were shorter than the normal entry doors, allowing the hat rack to continue over the top of the door without interruption, hence the name.

Hmmm, okay. That explanation never occurred to me because I figured emergency exits were just smaller by nature than regular doors, hat racks above them or no.

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RE: "Hat Rack" Doors

Thu Jun 28, 2007 8:35 am

Quoting N8076U (Reply 1):
but way back then, the overhead storage area was just open shelves,

For a good real life example, come fly Air North. Yes we still have "hat racks" on our Hawkers...


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RE: "Hat Rack" Doors

Thu Jun 28, 2007 4:22 pm

The term is reffered to the current overhead bins on todays Aircraft.Only thing is these days there are no hats located there  Smile
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RE: "Hat Rack" Doors

Thu Jun 28, 2007 9:52 pm

Quoting HAWK21M (Reply 5):
Only thing is these days there are no hats located there

well, when I fly dead head in uniform (hat is part of the uniform) I'll put my hat up there  stirthepot 

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RE: "Hat Rack" Doors

Fri Jun 29, 2007 1:10 am

Quoting WILCO737 (Reply 6):
well, when I fly dead head in uniform (hat is part of the uniform) I'll put my hat up there

Remember to label the Hatrack so it can be retrived.  stirthepot 
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