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There's a picture on of a AA 757 in BOS doing the same thing. good thinking
I do that every night at work. (KLGA) With 737-800s we use to get 757s into the hanger the same way.
But the hangar IS big enough. This reminds me of the episode of Orange County Choppers where they installed the press in their new building. They cut a hole in the ceiling through which it passed, with hardly any room to spare.
We used to do this all the time in Tulsa for the MD-88's only with a 6" drive up ramp nose in.
I love it when a plan comes together!
I just hope the hydraulic lift never craps out while the airplane is in the hangar.
"A" for effort!
Beats taking a SAWSALL to the rudder.
UA (former CO) maintenance base at KHOU did the same thing with 737-300/500's, the roof was high enough for the tail to clear (older, arched-roof), but the door tracks would not let it clear.

I hadn't been down there since they started working the 737 Next Gen, but I presume the same procedure still applies.
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Luxair hangar at ELLX doesn't even fit that way. There is just a cutout in the doors for the fuselage and the tail stays outside.
Nothing new here. Ten years or so ago I had the job to source out just such a tool so we could fit the new BBJ into our big hanger-727 no problem-but everything was used and expensive. The hanger was big enough not to have to alter the inside but it was the door
I probably just spun the plane around and hung the tail out main doors myself, you see that all the time. Over-complexity is going to lead to an aircraft damage pretty soon.
In the case where I saw this, it was not an option. The aircraft was in for a serious amount of work (usually for weeks), and they would like to close the doors sometimes to keep the weather out.
I can understand a heavy maintenance operation where it will sit for a while, but these pictures don't look like they are heavy check hangars. I could be wrong.
To me, the pictures look like they were just doing it to say that "yeah, we can do that."
We used to do this all the time in Tulsa with MD-88's only with a small 6" ramp nose first to clear the tail.
I seem to recall that the KC-135 and the B-52 (not sure of that) included a hinged vertical stabilizer which could be folded for service in low hangars. As aircraft get larger perhaps this idea will resurface.
Is there a funny trade name for this effort? like ...Sheep Shank
or how 'bout Rolling Bend?
I hope they are paying the guys properly...talent like this is does not grow on trees.
who will take a bet someone will rip the tail of one of those jets someday when the tug, or the human, fails.
No kidding. I bet it has already happend. The photo's are probably sitting somewhere just waiting for someone to scan them and post them up.


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