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  •  They called it "Speed Tape" in the Air Force (2+ / 0-)
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    ER Doc, RiveroftheWest

    It's actually a form of metallic tape and is pretty strong stuff.

    They can't use it on the fan blades, but amazingly enough the fan blades can have chips or cracks as long as they've been inspected and ground down.

    The toilets are pumped out on the ground by a truck with a hose. How would you like to have that guy's job? But as the joke goes - he'd quick but he doesn't want to leave aviation.

    For "blue water" to leak out in flight (it has happened) would require a leak in the tank.

    If the pilot's good, see, I mean if he's reeeally sharp, he can barrel that baby in so low... oh you oughta see it sometime. It's a sight. A big plane like a '52... varrrooom! Its jet exhaust... frying chickens in the barnyard!

    by Major Kong on Sat Apr 20, 2013 at 04:41:52 AM PDT

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    •  We called it speed tape in the navy too. (2+ / 0-)
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      California06, RiveroftheWest

      But you couldn't use it anywhere forward of the intakes. I once used speed tape over 8802 in a quick bird strike repair in an inboard slat, just to get the airplane back home. The tape was pushed in a little when it got back to Miramar but otherwise it was fine.

      "Given the choice between a Republican and someone who acts like a Republican, people will vote for a real Republican every time." Harry Truman

      by MargaretPOA on Sat Apr 20, 2013 at 05:10:04 AM PDT

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