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Florianopolis
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What's this contraption?

Mon Oct 11, 2021 1:54 am

 
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77west
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Re: What's this contraption?

Mon Oct 11, 2021 1:59 am

Parking guide?
 
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Re: What's this contraption?

Mon Oct 11, 2021 2:06 am

It's a DC-9! :duck:

Oh, wait.
 
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Re: What's this contraption?

Mon Oct 11, 2021 4:25 am

77west wrote:
Parking guide?


Indeed. These were not uncommon back in the day. I've seen pics of a 747 with what looks like a fender on the windshield. Once it just touches the windshield, you're in the right spot.

Simple and effective.
 
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Re: What's this contraption?

Mon Oct 11, 2021 4:47 am

Starlionblue wrote:
77west wrote:
Parking guide?


Indeed. These were not uncommon back in the day. I've seen pics of a 747 with what looks like a fender on the windshield. Once it just touches the windshield, you're in the right spot.

Simple and effective.


So the same as how my mum parks a car - when it hits the one in front, its parked.
 
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Re: What's this contraption?

Mon Oct 11, 2021 5:23 am

DC-9-41 ?
 
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Re: What's this contraption?

Mon Oct 11, 2021 6:50 am

zeke wrote:
DC-9-41 ?


Yep, MDD often made versions for as it turned out, one or two customers (and I don’t mean US majors), of the DC-9 with various fuselage lengths and very short production runs.
 
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Mon Oct 11, 2021 7:42 am

GDB wrote:
zeke wrote:
DC-9-41 ?


Yep, MDD often made versions for as it turned out, one or two customers (and I don’t mean US majors), of the DC-9 with various fuselage lengths and very short production runs.


So very much this.

A good example is the DC-9-21 that was made for SAS only. It had the -10 series fuselage and the larger -30 series wing. The pilots called it the "DC-9 Sport".

Source on DC-9/MD-8x numbers: http://aviation.rosboch.net/?p=23
 
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Re: What's this contraption?

Mon Oct 11, 2021 2:09 pm

It's a lens-grinding machine. The pilot for the next leg of the trip has a different prescription from the pilot going off-duty. Thus, they are doing some adjustments to the windscreen. :duck:

Probably a parking guide, or a quote ornate device to clean the windscreen.
 
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Re: What's this contraption?

Mon Oct 11, 2021 2:15 pm

77west wrote:
Starlionblue wrote:
77west wrote:
Parking guide?


Indeed. These were not uncommon back in the day. I've seen pics of a 747 with what looks like a fender on the windshield. Once it just touches the windshield, you're in the right spot.

Simple and effective.


So the same as how my mum parks a car - when it hits the one in front, its parked.


"Don't stop til you hear glass."
 
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Re: What's this contraption?

Mon Oct 11, 2021 5:06 pm

and, you don't have to clear snow in front of the aircraft to make room for someone to stand.

e38
 
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Re: What's this contraption?

Tue Oct 12, 2021 12:37 am

Thanks everyone
 
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Re: What's this contraption?

Tue Oct 12, 2021 12:41 pm

I had neighbors with a large pickup truck that they squeezed into their garage. They used a tennis ball hung on a string- when the windshield touched the tennis ball, it was time to stop.
 
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Re: What's this contraption?

Thu Oct 14, 2021 8:27 am

tjwgrr wrote:
I had neighbors with a large pickup truck that they squeezed into their garage. They used a tennis ball hung on a string- when the windshield touched the tennis ball, it was time to stop.



I installed that innovation in my garage about 30 years ago, works well !
 
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Re: What's this contraption?

Tue Nov 02, 2021 3:49 am

There used to be a few gates at PHX terminal 4 on the HP side that were 737 only gates where the jet bridge move only two directions rather than standard ones. There was a bar that hung from a chain on each side of the bar. When the center window frame hit the bar, you stopped and the jet bridge was easily connected. IIRC, B2, A1, A2 and A17 were the gates.

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