When Red Green called duct tape “the handyman’s secret weapon,” he wasn’t just whistlin’ Dixie. But duct tape for jet airliner repairs?
Opera singer David Wakeham, in Australia, boarded a Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner en route to his next gig… and chanced to look out the window. He saw what appeared to be duct tape holding the wing together, posted it on Twitter, it went viral and freaked people out (https://nypost.com/2022/10/02/airline-explains-why-plane-wing-covered-in-duct-tape/).
And you could hardly help remembering the classic Twilight Zone episode, “Nightmare at 20,000 Feet,” in which William Shatner sees a Gremlin (Nick Cravat!) tearing at the wing of his airliner.
The airlines tell us not to worry, they’re not really holding their planes together with duct tape. It’s called “quick tape” or “speed tape” and is used to protect areas of peeling paint from further damage. They might want to repaint those spots someday. But Red Green never ran out of duct tape, and neither will they.