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Is this picture real (duct tape on plane wing)

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Old Sep 1, 09, 1:18 am
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Is this picture real (duct tape on plane wing)

http://img132.imageshack.us/img132/1319/80712675.jpg

Friend e-mailed me this picture, wondering if anyone knows if it's actually real and if so what's the story behind it.
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Old Sep 1, 09, 1:32 am
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Regular Duct tape is only 100 MPH tape. This is the fancier 600 MPH tape. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Speed_tape

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http://img132.imageshack.us/img132/1319/80712675.jpg

Friend e-mailed me this picture, wondering if anyone knows if it's actually real and if so what's the story behind it.
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Old Sep 1, 09, 8:41 am
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If you google

Duct Tape Airplane Wing or Duct Tape Plane Wing

You will find several stories from people who say they saw (and in some cases videoed) duct type tape being used for repairs. It's normally called Speed Tape, good to 600 mph. Makes you wonder if it's the same stuff, just priced much higher
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Old Sep 1, 09, 9:06 am
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Moving this to TravelBuzz!.

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Originally Posted by mcrt View Post
Regular Duct tape is only 100 MPH tape. This is the fancier 600 MPH tape. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Speed_tape
I thought you were being facetious about the speed tape! You know, like speed holes...
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Old Sep 1, 09, 10:35 am
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3M manufactures an adhesive-backed soft aluminum tape for aviation applications.
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Old Sep 1, 09, 12:44 pm
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Not something that I want to see looking out the window.
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Old Sep 1, 09, 1:14 pm
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Not something that I want to see looking out the window.
I agree Duct tape is awesome and all but I don't want it holding my plane together.
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Old Sep 1, 09, 1:33 pm
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In fairness, that isn't the "wing" strictly speaking, it is the winglets. It is designed to reduce drag by stopping vortex from forming at the end of the wind rather than to provide lift within its own right.

If one fell off or broke for example it is unlikely to cause a fatal accident unless during takeoff/landing or if it damaged some other vital system. The pilot might have to increase engine power and compensate for the aircraft losing its equilibrium.
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Old Sep 1, 09, 4:54 pm
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I spotted duct tape on the wing of the first and last flight I took on Vietnam Airways.
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Old Sep 1, 09, 10:04 pm
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Also discussed at some length in this thread from a few months ago.
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Old Sep 2, 09, 3:56 am
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Not something that I want to see looking out the window.
Oh, come on. Isn't duct tape like The Force? There's a light side and a dark side and it holds the entire universe together?

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Old Sep 2, 09, 8:08 am
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That's something I would definitely NOT want to see on a plane I'd be boarding on.
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I am the umpa lumpa, who taped it with an ulltra aerodynamic tape called "rocket glide" . Well, the intention is that the plane can now also fly backwards
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Old Sep 2, 09, 9:51 am
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I'd be worried. But I take comfort that this is on the "unusual accident" page.

http://www.planecrashinfo.com/unusual.htm

10/02/1996 Aeroperu
B-757-200 Pasamayo, Peru
The aircraft crashed into the ocean 28 minutes after taking off from Lima, Peru. Pieces of duct tape were found covering sensors, placed there by personnel during aircraft maintenance causing the malfunction of instruments. The crew was not able to correctly determine their altitude and airspeed and with no ground reference over water and at night, crashed into the ocean killing all 70 aboard. A maintenance worker was tried and convicted of negligent homicide for failing to remove the adhesive tape and received 2 years in jail.
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