WB-57F photos

The WB-57F

The cockpit

The aircraft crew

Damage to the WB-57F during the intercept of April 15, 1999

The WB-57F had a problem on this April 15 flight that was identified on the following day during a visual inspection of the tail assembly. The plane returned to Ellington and the tail was detached.

Here we see the full tail section.

And the WB-57F without its tail wing.

The detached tail section was parked off to the side.

Here we see a close-up of the undamaged fingers from the port side of the tail wing (to the right in the previous picture).

And a close-up of the patch piece placed over the damaged fingers on the starboard side of the tail wing.

Photos taken by Paul A. Newman and Tom Kucsera of NASA/GSFC.

Go to the available forecast plots? Yes.

Last Updated: 1999-04-11
Author: Dr. Paul A. Newman (NASA/GSFC, Code 916) (newman@notus.gsfc.nasa.gov)

Web Curator: Dr. Leslie R. Lait (Raytheon ITSS) (lrlait@ertel.gsfc.nasa.gov)
Responsible NASA organization/official: Dr. Paul A. Newman, Atmospheric Chemistry and Dynamics Branch