Undoubtedly duct tape is a miracle of modern science.
The Discovery Channel series MythBusters has featured duct tape in a number of myths that involve non-traditional uses. Confirmed myths include suspending a car for a period of time, building a functional cannon, a two-person sailboat, a two-person canoe (with duct tape paddles), wearable shoes, a leak proof water canister, rope, and a hammock which can support the weight of an adult male, and constructing a bridge that spanned the width of a dry dock. In the episode “Duct Tape Plane,” the MythBusters repaired (and eventually replaced) the skin of a lightweight airplane with duct tape and flew it a few meters above a runway.
Reader Dick sends along this photo of a United Express regional jet at O”Hare.
Seeing a plane repaired with what appears to be duct tape makes me think that reading FAA paperwork on aircraft repairs might be more interesting than I had previously imagined.
While this isn’t tape you’d buy in a hardware store, and isn’t at all out of the ordinary, it’s sure a site to see.
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