Best Use of Duct Tape – Ever

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The Alaskan owner of a 1958 Piper Super Cub that looked a lot like the one shown above made a terrible mistake. Depending on which unqualified version of events you choose to believe, he either left the plane at a remote fishing spot with a container of bait inside, or he left his plane at a remote Alaskan runway without cleaning it out properly after a salmon fishing expedition.

In spite of the causal divergence in the various reports, what happened next is not disputed. The plane was set upon by a hungry bear that was attracted to the delicious odors emanating from within.

In the ravenous predator’s quest for food, the aircraft suffered extensive damage to the fuselage and both wheels. What happened next is where this story becomes really, really interesting.

While most folks would entrust their plane to the competent hands of a qualified aviation mechanic, this pilot was made of more capable stuff. After fitting the mangled flying machine with two new wheels and selectively applying several cases of duct tape and some packaging cellophane, he had patched it up to the point that it could actually fly. He then took to the skies and flew his duct taped, cellophaned 1958 Piper Super Cub home.

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  • stupid
    18 February 2010 at 2:45 pm
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    i guess he used duct tape to air up the tires too?

    • Vic
      18 February 2010 at 3:05 pm
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      No , if you read the rest of the story you will come across this:

      After fitting the mangled flying machine with two new wheels and selectively applying several cases of duct tape and some packaging cellophane, he had patched it up to the point that it could actually fly.

  • stupid
    18 February 2010 at 9:45 am
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    i guess he used duct tape to air up the tires too?

    • Vic
      18 February 2010 at 10:05 am
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      No , if you read the rest of the story you will come across this:

      After fitting the mangled flying machine with two new wheels and selectively applying several cases of duct tape and some packaging cellophane, he had patched it up to the point that it could actually fly.

  • Kanye
    23 February 2010 at 6:57 pm
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    Hey Weinterrupt, imma let you finish, but the Mythbusters duct tape boat was one of the best uses of duct tape of all time. Of all time!

    • C. S. Magor
      23 February 2010 at 11:06 pm
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      Sorry to burst your bubble there Mr. West but Mythbusters has a whole team of people to put their stuff together. This guy did it in Alaska dodging grizzlies.

    • C. S. Magor
      23 February 2010 at 11:06 pm
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      Sorry to burst your bubble there Mr. West but Mythbusters has a whole team of people to put their stuff together. This guy did it in Alaska dodging grizzlies.

    • louis
      1 April 2010 at 3:18 am
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      you can’t fly a boat!

    • louis
      1 April 2010 at 3:18 am
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      you can’t fly a boat!

  • Kanye
    23 February 2010 at 1:57 pm
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    Hey Weinterrupt, imma let you finish, but the Mythbusters duct tape boat was one of the best uses of duct tape of all time. Of all time!

    • C. S. Magor
      23 February 2010 at 6:06 pm
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      Sorry to burst your bubble there Mr. West but Mythbusters has a whole team of people to put their stuff together. This guy did it in Alaska dodging grizzlies.

    • louis
      31 March 2010 at 10:18 pm
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      you can’t fly a boat!

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    25 October 2011 at 8:20 am
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