Stormbird Rising - Part 3
Me 262 in the repair shop
By James Goodall
Messerschmitt Me 262B
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Today I ventured over to the Me262 project hangar to survey the recent
damage. Much to my surprise, the aircraft didn't look bad at all! I had expected
the nose to be crushed, the wings to be bent, and the engine nacelles to be torn
off. That was NOT the case.
(Please note that I am not an A&P, and this report is based solely on my
first-hand experience of viewing the airplane with an untrained eye.)
I imagine there could be considerable damage under the skin, but overall I was
amazed at the lack of visible damage. This could be attributed to the fact that
the Me 262 is skinned in mild steel and has a steel main wing spar. All of the
wing sheet metal will have to be removed, most likely, before the interior
damage can be assessed.
The right engine nacelle took the brunt of the damage, as it is the part of the
aircraft that hit the concrete utility blockhouse (not a concrete block, as I
was told earlier).
Damage to the wings will require that they go back on the wing jig.
All of the landing gear will have to be replaced, and both main gear attachment
points will require repair. The nose gear assembly was almost twisted off and
could be a challenge to fix. The forward two feet of the bottom-right side of
the fuselage at the wing leading edge will also need attention.
Without going into the left engine with a scope and a NDI, it looks to be in
pretty good shape. There are some FOD nicks on a few of the blades that will
need to be removed. The right engine is another story; its condition has not yet
The problem with the landing gear may turn out to have been caused by a blown
fuse, which was discovered after the aircraft was returned to the hangar. What
blew the fuse is unknown at this time, and why the gear collapsed is still not
known. As I know more, so will you!
Other than the above items and cosmetics, the Me 262 seems to have come out of
its recent "mishap" exceedingly well!
Stormbird Rising Part Three
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