Connie Condition Pictures
The pictures below were forwarded
to me by Dave Brooks of Air Canada. They show the condition of
some areas of the airplane in detail. Whew! We knew it was not going to be easy.
I think it goes without saying there will need to be quite a bit
of work, removing rust from the landing gear, corrosion repair,
doing fuselage and wing sheet metal repairs, and of course, repainting. Other notes below.
This picture was taken 2 Aug 2005 in
the afternoon. The airplane is located at the north end of the
Toronto airport, with the nose pointing south, towards runway 24L.
It was taken at about the time that Air France Airbus A340 F-GLZQ
overran the end of the runway while landing in a thunderstorm. The
nasty looking sky is evident.
The tail is currently supported by a
pedestal that is part of the restaurant support building. The
airplane has a very aft CG with no engines installed. We
will need to have a tail support in the Air Park as well. In
general, with the oleos welded, the axles on steel supports, the tail
support structure, and the landing gear all cabled to the ground, the
airplane is very rigidly and securely attached to terra firma.
These steel supports are for the forward air bridge. Note that
there are various utilities - water, electric, etc that are connected
to the airplane.
MAIN GEAR SUPPORT AND TIE-DOWN
Almost all the landing gear joints have been welded - inner to outer cylinders, scissors, drag braces and downlocks
FUSELAGE AND FWD END OF NOSE GEAR WHEEL WELL
WING CENTER SECTION
WING - BODY ATTACHMENT AND SPLICE PLATE
Note only a relatively few attachment bolts were used, and they were
non-aviation standards.. We will increase the number and quality
used here, and seal unused bolt holes.
Significant corrosion is present throught the airframe.
Photos courtesy of David Brooks, Manager Aircraft Programs, Air Canada
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