Date: 20 Nov 96 12:28:57 From: email@example.com (Terrell D. Drinkard) Organization: The Boeing Company References: 1 2 3 4
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In article <airliners.1996.2436@ohare.Chicago.COM>, Andrea Tylczak <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote: >Excuse me for interrupting, but I think you're experiencing technical >difficulties. Generally, mine are more social than technical, but then everyone is different. :-) >>Are you absolutely certain about this? My understanding has been that >>this was discussed, but never actually implemented. > >Yes, this is correct. Every commercial airplane made by Douglas has >blow-out panels or the equivalent to equalize pressure between >compartments in case a pressure bulkhead is ruptured. In general, this >is not just between the passenger cabin and the cargo compartment, but >also between various compartments (lavatory and passenger cabin, cockpit >and avionics compartment, etc.) I can't speak from personal experience, >but I would expect that Boeing has similar designs. This is required for >certification by FAR 25. Yes, all Boeing heavy jet transports have blowout panels in the floor and other places to accomodate the largish airflows associated with rapid decompression. As I recall, just about everything has a blowout panel, lavs, flight deck, cargo holds... The ones in the floor are next to the sidewalls, right over the crease beams (called a "coat hanger" by the assembly mechanics, FWIW). -- Terry email@example.com "Anyone who thinks they can hold the company responsible for what I say has more lawyers than sense."