In response to The Daily Post’s weekly photo challenge: “Connected.”
Multiple connected parts help create this vintage Canadian warplane depicted in picture taken at Ottawa’s Aeronautical Museum.
Beginning at the nose, the propeller, the hub cone connects to a hidden shaft that directly connects to the powerful aircraft engine hidden behind under aluminum sheet metal composing the airplane front.
Before I continue, we also have the four variable pitch propellers that connect hidden shaft mentioned earlier. In the background all sorts of small hardware like screws, washers, nuts, connect to each other to bond or hold the aforementioned aircraft components to the airframe.
The aircraft body is also held together with rivets, sheet metal screws and special spring steel metal clips to the aircraft frame. Moving right along the same type aforementioned small hardware connects and holds the wings to the fuselage.
Small hardware is also used to build the wings joining the ‘skin’ sheet metal to the wing frame. Special glue is also used to make a sealed bond in the wings which usually carry the fuel needed for the aircraft engine in special bladders within the wings.
Special hinges are used in our wings to help fold them when storing this warplane on an aircraft carrier, and they also connect and secure the two halves of each wing when readying it for action.
Looking directly below our wings, special struts, hold the landing wheels assemblies, attached to hydraulic systems composed of special hi-pressure hoses and fitting connect to and powered by the aircraft engine.
The landing gear setup connects to the aircraft with special hardware, so are the doors that help hide it when the warplane is in the air.
The aircraft engine compartment just in front of the pilot’s cockpit again is a collection of small hardware connecting and holding special doors covering the engine works. The cockpit is another collection of things connected together, plexiglass and sheet metal and screws, clips, rivets, and glue.
Deep inside the frontal edges of the aircraft wings another set of connected things compose its armament systems.
Behind the pilot’s cockpit looking backwards, the aircraft’s tail end provides another set of things connected together and the rest of the aircraft. Besides the fixed vertical stabilizer composed of a frame covered by sheet metal we have the two halves of the horizontal stabilizer, also frames and sheet metal, all held together with already aforementioned small hardware.
Finally, we have the main wing flaps and the rear horizontal and vertical stabilizers’ flaps connected to special hydraulics and mechanical systems and held together with various miscellaneous small hardware.
There is still more however, I think by now you get the picture that an aircraft are very complex piece of equipment, a connected collection of systems.