Re: DC-9 hole

Date:         09 Apr 97 13:26:04 
From:         D Snow <dougie@mama.indstate.edu>
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On 9 Apr 1997, McElravy wrote:

> On the last discussion of "stupid DC-9 tricks" (we were picking on Air
> Canada I believe) someone asked what the hole in the base of the fin was
> for. The question was never answered and I forgot on it until I had
> occasion to fly on a few (NW) over Easter. As I was sitting in the gate
> area I noticed the hole and remembered the discussion.
>

I think the hole is an air inlet for the rudder load limiter.  I know that
is not the official DC9 terminology for the device, but that is what the
hole serves, I think.

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Douglas Snow                                dougie@mama.indstate.edu
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