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.
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Last Updated: 1999-04-11
Author: Dr. Paul A. Newman (NASA/GSFC, Code 916) (firstname.lastname@example.org)
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Responsible NASA organization/official: Dr. Paul A. Newman, Atmospheric Chemistry and Dynamics Branch