Re: Little red strips of fabric on the wing????

From:         kls@ohare.Chicago.COM (Karl Swartz)
Organization: Chicago Software Works
Date:         16 Feb 94 01:10:32 PST
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>On a recent US Air flight the aircraft had 4 or 5 strips of 1" wide cloth
>type material (~12" long) attached to the wing, about 2' from the fuselage.

This was an MD-80, or perhaps a DC-9, right?  If so, these were added
after the SAS crash several years ago.  The problem is that the fuel
tank arrangement on the MD-80 has a tendency to create wing icing
problems even in conditions where one would not normally expect to see
any icing.  The cloth strips are there to help make the ice visible.

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