Reply to post: Re: Poor Design

Oldest flying 747 finally grounded, 47 years after first flight

Dave 15

Re: Poor Design

As I recollect the problem was a piece of stuff that was bounced into the wing, punctured a fuel tank which then leaked fuel into the jet, which ignited and boom.

This could have been fixed with a self sealing tank.

I wonder though just how many other planes of the same era have essentially the same issue... perhaps even todays planes - they store fuel in the wings right next to the big hot engines. I would hazard more than a small bet that the tanks aren't self sealing.

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