Bear Chews up Plane, Duct Tape to the Rescue


I am amazed at the resourcefulness of Alaskans. During a private “fly-in” fishing excursion in the Alaskan wilderness, the chartered pilot and fishermen left a cooler and bait in the plane. And a bear smelled it. This is what he did to the plane, a Piper Super Cub.

The pilot used his radio and had another pilot bring him 2 new tires, 3 cases of duct tape, and a supply of sheet plastic. He patched the plane together, and FLEW IT HOME!

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bear damaged plane

How would you like to come back from a day of fishing to find this?

bear damaged plane

The bear destroyed a plane… all for some bait fish…

And a few tasty tires…

duct tape repair on plane

Looking good!

plane duct tape repair job
Good enough to fly…

I like the way he ‘kept it legal’ with the tail number written by hand on the duct tape. You have to click on the image to get a bigger view and squint to see the tail number written over the duct tape, N9368D.

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