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Fascinating timelapse video shows five-tonne Airbus jet engine being changed hours before take-offVirgin Atlantic has released a timelapse video of its engineers replacing a five-tonne engine worth millions of pounds on one of its aircraft just hours before it flew across the Atlantic. (www.telegraph.co.uk) More...
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Still have 3 engines if this one falls off.
As a young Captain flying a KC-135A on a training flight we experienced an engine failure just after start at Wright Patterson AFB in the early '70s. 55 minutes later we received a call to return to the plane where the maintenance supervisor called me into the cockpit and advised that the new engine had not been trimmed so just match power levers and watch temps. We departed on a critical support mission involving 5 legs and returned with nothing to write up! Great ground crew coordination!!!
Just curious how many screws, nuts, and bolts hold that engine in place?
The bell mouth flange has around 46 bolts holding the intake, the Fwd mount has 3 bolts (2 Fwd, 1 aft) and the rear mount has 3 bolts connecting the engine, and way too many fuel, oil, air, and electrical connections.
I think it might be as few as 4 bolts, 2 on the top and 2 on the bottom.
Did they say how many hours are required for the change, and don´t they have to take a test flight to check the new engine aloft.