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Journal of Failure Analysis and Prevention

, Volume 18, Issue 6, pp 1327–1338 | Cite as

Failure Analysis of a Fuel Tank on a Boeing B-17G “Flying Fortress” Airplane

  • M. K. BudinskiEmail author
  • N. B. McAtee
  • National Transportation Safety Board
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Abstract

An historic Boeing B-17G Flying Fortress airplane experienced an in-flight fire and emergency landing. The cause of the fire was a due to a fuel leak in the left wing associated with the failure of a repair in the fuel tank. This paper reviews the nature of the fuel tank repair and the cause of the fuel leak.

Keywords

Fatigue failure Fuel tank Airplane In-flight fire 

Notes

Acknowledgments

The authors appreciate the sample preparation and electron microscopy by Edward Komarnicki, NTSB. In accordance with Title 5 Code of Federal Regulations Section §2635.807(b)(2), the views expressed in this article do not necessarily represent the views of the National Transportation Safety Board or the USA.

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© ASM International 2018

Authors and Affiliations

  • M. K. Budinski
    • 1
    Email author
  • N. B. McAtee
    • 1
  • National Transportation Safety Board
    • 1
  1. 1.WashingtonUSA

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