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American Airlines Plane Engine Tape Repair (VIDEO)

“First thought was: I can’t believe they’d fly a plane with duct tape on the outside of it,” said a passenger (who filmed this).  Turns out its FAA approved “Speed Tape” and is used often.  I’m not sure about you but I think I would be nervous if I saw that flying!

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6 Comments to American Airlines Plane Engine Tape Repair (VIDEO)

  1. its still tape

  2. shann on February 2nd, 2011
  3. I’m sure they have a stack of rules about where and when you can use that tape. I consider myself a more-than-average air traveler, and I’ve never seen it.

  4. Ugnaught on February 2nd, 2011
  5. It’s called speed tape, and it is NOT your Daddy’s duck tape. In many applications, the tape is stronger than the materials it is fastening.

  6. mechanic on February 2nd, 2011
  7. Ahh, duct tape. I’ve used 200-mph tape and 500-mph tape. This is not your daddy’s duct tape. 200mph is similar to thick aluminum soda can metal with a strong epoxy on one side. 500 mph is thicker and stronger. It will not blow off in airspeeds of the specified strength, plus a healthy safety margin beyond. It’s also waterproof provided you don’t submerge it, although there are other varieties that don’t have that problem and tend to be used for undersea repairs and such. They are used for temporary repairs in non-critical areas, and in some cases can be considered permanent.

    I had a buddy who had a car that somebody had broken the vent window out of. Bonus points if you know/remember the quarter-glass vent window that most front car doors from the days of yore had. We used to call them “smoking vents”. If you wanted to get into a car they were easy to unlatch or force open so you could reach in and unlock the door. Someone had broken his and stole cassettes and money from the ashtray and such. More bonus points if you remember what an ashtray was. He covered over the hole with 200mph duct tape. Three days later he came out and discovered blood all down his door and window with a blood trail running away from the car. Someone had tried to break in again through the tape and had made quite the mess of themselves on the sharp edges. We never did hear anything about it, but nobody ever tried to break into his car again.

    It’s good stuff. I used to keep a few sheets around for quick repairs. Use a pair of tin shears to cut to size. You really don’t want to try to remove it after you put it on.

  8. stvangel on February 3rd, 2011
  9. Many people have no idea how many parts of an Aircraft are either “taped” or glued together. On one Aircraft (not mentioning builder or model) that is in very heavy use world wide the spoilers on the wings are hinged with a type of “tape” to keep weight down, reduce drag when stowed and reduced the number of rivet holes in the wing skin. By “taping” them on the wing is actually stronger then if it had a metal hinge riveted on. In 40 years of service not a single spoiler on this Airframe has ever come off.
    Other places where “tape” is used is inside the aircraft structure to cover sharp edges where the rubber fuel bags go on sme models.

  10. Aerospace Engineer on February 20th, 2011
  11. As an Maintenance Inspector on Helo’s and Fixed wing Commercial Jets for the last 13 years with another 19 years as a mech (from CRJ-200’s to 757’s) this is most likely a deferred repair until it returns to base, you are also restricted to what is referred to secondary structure, the airline would want this fixed asap since it is within view of the PAXs

  12. Gunny on April 4th, 2011

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