Post by Dave Homewood on Dec 31, 2017 13:53:41 GMT 12
I do not recall ever seeing a Boeing 727 inside the No. 40 Squadron hangar while I was based at RNZAF Base Auckland. I would have thought their high tail horizontal surfaces would not have fitted through the fin slot above the hangar doors. Yet in this film there is clearly a Boeing inside the hangar. Would it have had its tailplanes removed before going inside? Or is my estimate of the width of the fin slot simply way off and they put the Boeings indoors all the time?
And do they put the 757's inside these days? I have never seen that either.
Whilst on 40Sqn in the 1983-85 era, I did some repairs on the No3 engine wiring of a 727. It was inside the hangar on a Sunday afternoon with Mark Knight. We worked all night and then went up on the test flight afterwards. Standing up the front. Best times ever
yep, certainly did fit. trying to find images I took when we painted the tail in the last scheme it wore. Although one of them had a wee dust up one day. There must have been an important flight with a herk somewhere and tv crews were around. They were pulling a B727 out of the hangar when they must have turned too early and the leading edge of the tail fin it the side of the cut out above the main doors. quick back inside before media see it. in my office corporal....
Cutout in 40 hangar is much larger than the cutout in 5 hangar.
Funny story..... April/May 1991. C-130's in the corners of the hangar and a 727 was coming in for a service (A check I think?).
We pushed it in and chocked it, tug departed and we were closing the doors. Keyhole door hadn't been put down into place (which nobody noticed). There is an interlock on the doors so that they couldn't be pushed closed if the keyhole door wasn't down, as it has the top rails for the sliding doors.
Interlock didn't work. Door went all the way out into the middle of the hangar and just stood there with nothing supporting the top of it. We all ran over and pushed it over onto the tarmac so that it wouldn't chop the nose of the 727. Made a hell of a noise when it hit the concrete. Those doors are heavy!
Crane came and lifted the door back, the interlock was fixed and some door closing training was carried out! Snooky and Mitch Micalick (spelling?) probably remember it better than me.
Post by Dave Homewood on Jan 4, 2018 11:06:33 GMT 12
Wow, that is a scary story!
I recall being told (or was it on the forum here?) that one of the PTS hangar doors at Wigram was knocked off the rails by a tug and the door fell into the hangar but missed all the Airtrainers and just caught and tore the jumper of one of the baggies!!
I heard a similar version of that one. There was definitely a tug at Wigram with 'Hangar Eater' emblazoned across the front. If I was to label things I would imagine it was 4 Hangar, the door fell outwards, tug driver Steve Houltham and the car that was hit/crushed belonged to either Ernie Thompson or Grant MacWhinnie.
I think I asked about the tug, and it's name. Perhaps the narrative changes depending on who is about at the time.
I seem to remember Jumbo Byrne was involved in a tug incident as well but that must have been many years before.
Somehow these stories all seem to involve well known characters.....
Last Edit: Jan 4, 2018 11:41:08 GMT 12 by baronbeeza
I used to work with Steve Houltham as 4TTS instructors Basic Engineering, Top bloke, one of the funniest guys I have ever met on par with JP (Trev Fleming). He told me the tug had a problem with the accelerator in that it stuck down and you had to lift it up with your fingers. Who did they hang? the driver? no the numbnutz who said I was driving it down the tarmac yesterday and it stuck. Did you tell anyone.........................