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

From: (Stefano Pagiola)
Organization: Stanford University
Date:         16 Feb 94 13:13:46 PST
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Karl Swartz writes
> > 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 cloth
> strips are there to help make [wing icing problems] visible.

I believe you're right about what they are, but I'm not sure you have  
the timing right.  I distinctly remember seeing these on a Finnair  
MD-87 in December 1988.  The SAS MD-80 crash was Jan.92 or  
thereabouts, was it not?

Perhaps they had been an option and were made mandatory after the SAS  

Ciao, Stefano
Stefano Pagiola
Food Research Institute, Stanford University, Stanford CA 94305-6084
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