Date: 07 Oct 98 02:49:15 From: email@example.com Organization: Delphi (firstname.lastname@example.org email, 800-695-4005 voice) References: 1 2 3
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Geno Rice <email@example.com> writes: >On the subject of the flying boats, I read a novel a few years back that >took place on one of them. The author wrote that the engines were >servicable during flight and that one of the duties of the engineer was >to climb inside the wing to attend to the engines (for example, oiling). >Is this true? If so, can you imagine the combination of cold, heat, and >noise that the poor man would have had to endure! This was pretty typical up through the 30s, for both long-range multi-engine aircraft, and for rigid airships (zeppelins). At least the mechanic you mention had interior access to the engines from the wings. Engineers aboard Zeppelins and the big German R-Bombers of the Great War had to climb around open rigging/struts. Not for the acrophobic! My uncle recalls engine access in-flight aboard the USAF's big 4-engine prop transports. Ed R.