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F-8 Crusader Question - For David Slavens maybe?

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Hi all,Was watching a History Channel programme about the F-8 Crusader - always one of my favourite fighters - and I had a thought that hadn't occurred to me before... When the wing is tilted up for take-off and landing what happens if any debris gets trapped between the wing/fuselage join?Does any know?Cheers,Iain Spowart,Scotland.Webmaster and photographer,Scottish Rockettes Dance Squad Official Web-Sitehttp://avsim.iainspowart.com/rockettes.gifhttp://www.scottishrockettes.comScottish Claymores Cheerleaders Fan Sitehttp://www.claymorescheerleaders.comMotorsport Photographyhttp://www.iainspowart.com

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The personnel that were supposed to check the area for loose objects have some explaining to do!Ramps, taxiways, runways and carrer decks are subject to frequent checks for objects that could be blown around by engine blast or ingested into turbines. On ramps and decks the entire unit will often walk across the area in a long line within arms reach of each other looking for bits of gravel, dropped fasteners etc. Areas are carefully rechecked if anything happens that might result in an aircraft sheding parts.Tool control has become more stringent since the Crusader was retired. Any tool kits used are carefully inventoried every time a mechanic completes work in an area and at end of a shift (for civilian depot level repairs) or a watch (for operational support crews). Inventories even have to be made when moving from one section of an aircraft to anouther section of the same aircraft. Even the odd expendable items like twist drills and sanding pads have to be counted in an inventory. If an item isn't in the tool kit when work is completed, all corners of campartments ledges etc near the work point, and often other areas that were open at the time, need to be carefully examined before the plane can be operated. Lists are used when the inventories are conducted and some commands require written records of who conducted the inventory and when.Any pins, ground safety locks and similar objects are of course equiped with "REMOVE BEFORE FLIGHT" flags and subject to checklists conducted when the plane is being readied for flight. I suspect a safety lock for the wing AOA actator would have been part of such a checklist.If anything substantual were to be caught in that area the result would probably depend on the relative strength of the object, the underside of the wing and the panel covering the area the wing nests into. I doubt the motion of the actuator would be be obstructed by anything light enough to be blown into the area.I had some oportunities to work on Crusader wings and some of the attached equipment while employed at a government operated overhaul facility in the seventies.

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