First Airplane Wash-Rack Helps Preserve Condition of Ships’ Wings (Jul, 1929)

First Airplane Wash-Rack Helps Preserve Condition of Ships’ Wings

CAR wash racks have been in existence almost as long as cars have themselves, but until recently there has not been a single wash-rack for airplanes. The Aero Corporation of California observed this fact and inaugurated an airplane washing service that thoroughly cleans a ship of grease and oil “while you wait.” Under parts of the fuselage collect a large quantity of dirt, and landing gears are often covered with mud and grime. Washers first bathe a plane with a harmless chemical that eats away the grease and dirt. Water is applied before the ship is polished.

3 comments
  1. Hirudinea says: October 10, 201210:36 am

    I never thought of that, how do they clean planes now (commercial, civil, military)?

  2. DrewE says: October 11, 20128:25 am

    For general aviation aircraft, it’s just about like washing a car–garden hose, bucket, sponge, and elbow grease. For larger aircraft it’s not all that much different, just bigger: http://www.youtube.com/…

  3. jayessell says: October 11, 20128:12 pm

    I’d like 2 quarts of prop wash please.

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