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IR Fly Away Kit?

Thu Jan 10, 2013 3:33 pm

Hello All:

Upon browsing the top pictures of the day, I discovered this unique picture of what looks to be the Fwd pit of an IR AB6. I do have two questions with regards to this picture, 1.) What exactly is a "Fly Away Kit"? 2.) Why does it seem to have a panel popped in the rear?

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RE: IR Fly Away Kit?

Thu Jan 10, 2013 3:50 pm

A fly away kit is a bunch of small spare parts and some tools and fluids to get the plane out of a place you don't have any support for the airplane. We have one on all of our 727's because we operate into remote places that would take forever and a day to get a simple part to us that is a show stopper for the flight, it allows us to swap the part and fly away. Things like spare landing light bulbs, radar altimeters, instruments, gyros, gauges and things like that are generally what I have seen and used from in there. In addition we usually have a spare tire and sometimes a brake assembly somewhere in the belly.
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RE: IR Fly Away Kit?

Thu Jan 10, 2013 5:27 pm

If you look closely, you can see that the "snake pit" with the aircon mixing chamber at the aft end of the fwd hold has been opened. The panels leaning on the side are the two fwd cargo hold aft blkhd panels.

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