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Replacing MLG Wheel "in Flight", 1920's

Sun Mar 17, 2013 8:10 pm

A very strange story; I can't think of anyplace other than tech / ops to put it; this old video, (shot in the 1920's) shows a female "wing-walker", one Gladys Ingles, replacing a wheel that had fallen off, in flight.

http://www.flixxy.com/mid-air-airplane-repair.htm

Ingles is shown with a replacement wheel being strapped to her back; In the film, Ingles transfers herself from the rescue plane to the one missing the main landing gear tire; she then works herself down to the undercarriage where she "installs" the new wheel.

She died at age 82.
 
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RE: Replacing MLG Wheel "in Flight", 1920's

Sun Mar 17, 2013 9:48 pm

Damn. I've read that some of the pre-WWII aircraft had tunnels through the wings that allowed an onboard mechanic to access and service the engines in flight.
 
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RE: Replacing MLG Wheel "in Flight", 1920's

Sun Mar 17, 2013 10:43 pm

Quoting cornutt (Reply 1):
Damn. I've read that some of the pre-WWII aircraft had tunnels through the wings that allowed an onboard mechanic to access and service the engines in flight.

You were probably reading about the B-36 Peacemaker; I have spoken with several people who performed in-flight maintenance on them. If you ever take a trip to Dayton, you can see a B-36 "up close", and when you see the size of it's wings, you'll understand why this was possible; ( from what I've been told, it was a pretty noisy place to work! )

BTW.........the B-36 was "post" WW 2; the only thing I can think of during WW 2 that even started to have wings that big, was the B-19, and only 1 or 2 of them were ever built; if I'm not mistaken, only one of them ever flew.
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RE: Replacing MLG Wheel "in Flight", 1920's

Mon Mar 18, 2013 6:54 am

Quoting Geezer (Reply 2):
the only thing I can think of during WW 2 that even started to have wings that big, was the B-19, and only 1 or 2 of them were ever built; if I'm not mistaken, only one of them ever flew.

I believe some of the between-war era floatplanes (Clippers) had very thick wings with walk-in or crawl-in abilities, as well as inflight engine maintenance.
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RE: Replacing MLG Wheel "in Flight", 1920's

Wed Mar 20, 2013 3:16 am

dont forget about blimps
 
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RE: Replacing MLG Wheel "in Flight", 1920's

Wed Mar 20, 2013 9:50 am

Quoting dkswim (Reply 4):
dont forget about blimps

ITYM airships. You usually cannot enter the "balloon" part of a blimp, and engines on a non-rigid airship are usually mounted on the gondola.
 
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RE: Replacing MLG Wheel "in Flight", 1920's

Wed Mar 20, 2013 5:58 pm

The Martin Mars allows access to the engines in the wing as well...must be four feet of space in there.
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RE: Replacing MLG Wheel "in Flight", 1920's

Wed Mar 20, 2013 7:09 pm

Quoting rwessel (Reply 5):
You usually cannot enter the "balloon" part of a blimp, and engines on a non-rigid airship are usually mounted on the gondola.

Sure you can, just not in flight. But yes, I think he did mean the old rigids, as they could get basically anywhere in the ship at any time.

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RE: Replacing MLG Wheel "in Flight", 1920's

Wed Mar 20, 2013 8:50 pm

Quoting dkswim (Reply 4):
dont forget about blimps

Zeppelins, not blimps.
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RE: Replacing MLG Wheel "in Flight", 1920's

Wed Mar 20, 2013 9:08 pm

My memory must be very flaky, but I somehow remember a picture from a (Russian-made?) airliner that featured an open viewing platform at the back... sort of a balcony.    


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RE: Replacing MLG Wheel "in Flight", 1920's

Wed Mar 20, 2013 9:22 pm

Quoting speedygonzales (Reply 8):
Zeppelins, not blimps.

Again, not just zeppelins, but rigid airships. Zeppelin is a specific manufacture, rigid airship is what they built.

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RE: Replacing MLG Wheel "in Flight", 1920's

Wed Mar 20, 2013 10:01 pm

In 1928, during the LZ-127 Graf Zeppelin´s first Atlantic crossing 25 feet of fabric got torn away from the lower side of the lefthand horizontal stabilizer, threatening to foul the rudder. Four crewmembers volunteered to climb outside to cut away the damaged fabric and to jury repair the stabilizer framework:
http://1.bp.blogspot.com/_5uHfUqugf88/Skg4fUHBhvI/AAAAAAAAAy4/fjIodeyNIzg/s1600/Fin%2Brepair%2Bon%2BGraf.jpg

Similarly during the round-the-world trip by the airship, the outer hull got damaged over the South Atlantic in 1933.
With the engines stopped and the airship drifting, the riggers went topside and repaired the damage:
http://2.bp.blogspot.com/_5uHfUqugf88/Skg5rLLDnNI/AAAAAAAAAzI/koURYp0SIdk/s1600/hull%2Brepair%2Bon%2BGraf2.jpg

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