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Old 01-09-2010, 02:10 PM
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Got this in an email today...

Maybe the best "duct-tape" story ever...



During a private "fly-in" fishing excursion in the Alaskan wilderness, the charter pilot and fishermen 'forgot' and left a cooler and bait in the plane. And a bear smelled it. This is what he did to the plane.
The pilot used his radio and had another pilot bring him
-- 2 new tires,
-- 3 cases of duct tape,
-- and a supply of sheet plastic.
He patched the plane together, and FLEW IT HOME!


Here are the "after the bear encounter"

and the "after the tape job" photos.
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Old 01-09-2010, 02:13 PM
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Wow that is on real 200 mile an hour tape does work
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Old 01-09-2010, 02:15 PM
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--3 cases of duct tape

Lucked out there, looks like at least a 6 roll job
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Old 01-09-2010, 02:18 PM
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Yep, that'll work. My grandad built planes from scratch. He welded a steel tubing frame together and covered it with fabric and painted "dope"?? on it and the fabric tightened up like a drum. He built several beatiful planes. One was called "the spirit of '76", brilliant red, white, and blue colors.
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Awesome, if he made it..don't think I would fly shotgun though!
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Old 01-09-2010, 03:42 PM
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Dope is a plasticized laquer. It tightens, as well as water and fuel proofs the fabric. Ive used since I was a kid building RC airplanes with tissue paper and then painted with "dope". I wouldnt hesitate to ride in that after fixed like that. If youve ever seen a fabric airplane skin thats probably as strong if not stronger. Going around like the fuselage like that would work real well. I dont know about just using like a 1 foot long piece but that looks pretty good.
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Old 01-09-2010, 04:05 PM
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Yah....smart idea to fly like that...until it starts to come off in flight. Real smart!
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I think the guy came up with a pretty good idea.. Probably not a lot of alternatives, I guess a helicopter could've carried it out. I wrap my console on the boat with shipping film (like Saran Wrap) and then give it well placed wraps of plain old packing tape, I'd bet it takes as big a beating behind my truck for 18 hours haulin azz as that plane does for the short hop it probably has to make... Then again if my stuff starts unraveling, I don't need to find a place to land... Quick!
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Those pilots are ingenious, was on a fly-in when the rudder handle broke, pilot found some vicegrips and a piece of wire to fix. Got us back to Kodiac.
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Originally Posted by MarlynOC View Post
Those pilots are ingenious, was on a fly-in when the rudder handle broke, pilot found some vicegrips and a piece of wire to fix. Got us back to Kodiac.
comforting...
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I would fly that, slow.
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Oh boy, we will soon know who the tape manufacturer is. I can see the commercial now "The only tape that was good enough to repair a damaged plane."


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Not 100% sure, and especially in Alaska, but I would have to think that the FAA would have something to say about this?
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If you look closely at the second picture, it looks like the bear tried to fly the plane and crashed it.
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Same thing happened to me - but I fixed it with scotch tape, a paper clip, a rubber band, some chewing gum and 16 ozs. of C-4.

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I never would have believed it . . . incredible
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I actually flew on a plane in Alaska from Anchorage to Rainy Pass which had duct tape on it. Very common up there.
I think they have a duct tape fashion show also.
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I tried to look this up on snopes.com but found no story that matched. I'm sure they'll pick it up at some point. Curious to know if it's legit.
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Originally Posted by Bird Rock View Post
I tried to look this up on snopes.com but found no story that matched. I'm sure they'll pick it up at some point. Curious to know if it's legit.
Any body work ( or modification) done on a plane has to be done by a certified company. This is most certainly not legal....but it is Alaska.
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I wonder why the bear ripped into the tires...
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