Can you tape an airplane

Why is this jet engine taped?

It's not a duct tape. It's speed tape.

Speed ​​tape is a pressure-sensitive aluminum tape that is used to carry out minor repairs on aircraft and racing cars. It is used as a temporary repair material until a more permanent repair can be made.

It probably just has a small gap around the hood, or maybe one or two loose fasteners. It's common practice to fill in minor gaps and things until they're next in the hangar for work.

While googling for speed tape, I also found this:

This is how the wonderful British "boulevard" press deals with aviation stories. Top marks for the inclusion of the phrase "shocked passenger".

Bruce Wayne

Wow - on the first run I thought the speed tape was very similar to the speed holes in Homer's car. Thanks for the answer and details!

Janus Bahs Jacquet

To be fair, if as a passenger I saw a worker seemingly taping up the engine on an airplane that I wanted to hang around in the sky, I would probably be pretty shocked too. And to give them their fair fees, they spent most of the article explaining that it is Not about Tape acts, but actually quite normal and absolutely in accordance with the safety standards.

Martin Argerami

@JanusBahsJacquet: I find the maintenance staff not knowing what they are doing more shocking than the opposite.

Janus Bahs Jacquet

@MartinArgerami Being shocked to see something very unexpected does not mean assuming it is wrong. If I had looked out the window and saw someone who (what it looks like) put duct tape on such a gondola, I would have been shocked and thought, “Is this real? WTF ?! ”. I wouldn't assume maintenance didn't know what they were doing, but it would shock me that sticking an airplane seemed like something to be done. And I would probably take a picture and tweet about it too.


@JanusBahsJacquet: It may be a minute before you get "shocked" that an airline that owns or leases a $ 100-300 million aircraft is in no hurry to get involved. not to care. In the past, when we didn't know, we assumed that things were being handled right by those who know. It seems that today everyone wants to challenge qualified professionals, even in what is one of the most regulated and safest areas.