Speed tape

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Photo of speed tape used to patch a crack

Speed tape is an aluminized adhesive tape used to do minor repairs on aircraft, and as a temporary repair material until a more permanent repair can be carried out. It has an appearance similar to duct tape, with which it is sometimes mistaken, but its adhesive is capable of sticking on an airplane fuselage or wing at high speeds, hence the name.

Properties[edit]

It is resistant to water, solvents, and flames, and will reflect heat and UV light.[1] It is also able to expand and contract through a wide range of temperatures.[2]

Use[edit]

Speed tape is sometimes used to protect sealant whilst curing,[3] or to patch non-critical components of a plane.[2] It can also be used for patching bullet damage to combat aircraft.[4][5]

Use of speed tape should be authorized by engineering teams and comply with certain requirements. Fines can be levied against airlines that use it to make improper repairs.[6]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "More Types of Tape". fastflex.co.za. Retrieved 6 July 2014. 
  2. ^ a b "Information: The good, the bad and the ugly". Salon. 31 July 2009. Retrieved 6 July 2014. 
  3. ^ "Oh my god, they’re duct-taping our plane!". Salon. 27 October 2011. Retrieved 6 July 2014. 
  4. ^ Battle for the Falklands (3): Air Forces. Osprey Publishing. 1982. p. 22. ISBN 9780850454932. 
  5. ^ "Air Force Magazine" 63. Air Force Association. 1980. 
  6. ^ Don Phillips (4 December 2002). "Improper Use of Tape to Fix Wings May Lead to FAA Fine for United". The Washington Post. Retrieved 20 January 2011.  – via HighBeam (subscription required)