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Classic Wings Magazine Luftwaffe Resource Center WWII Naval Aviation Research Pacific
Final Cut-The Post War B-17 Flying Fortress and Survivors - 5th Edition


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PostPosted: Wed Jun 13, 2018 4:52 pm 
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https://ntrs.nasa.gov/archive/nasa/casi.ntrs.nasa.gov/19930093834.pdf

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Ninety- one "Mustang" wings, declared surplus following World War II were procured for this programme and in pursuance of the above objectives these specimens are tested to destruction without modification.


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PostPosted: Wed Jun 13, 2018 9:20 pm 
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Yes this happened, and was quite the study. Believe it or not I discovered this in college when an old out of use textbook on Aircraft Structures fell into my hands....And an entire chapter was filled with the data on the experiment!~ The story is kinda neat.

Knowing the hours and service histories of the aircraft, the wings were tested to see if there was a link in fatigue resistance versus prior damage or hours flown. I believe the results were inconclusive. Interestingly I heard that some (2 or 3) of these broken mainplanes were stored and forgotten and became parts of some of the "1980's" build Mustangs at one point.


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