It's a pretty daunting task, but the plane was flying low and nearly at the stall and they knew they were going in if they didn't keep the engine going. There's a nacelle and struts to lean against. There have been many sceptics so you are not alone.. The discovery of the glass sorted it out . That was many years later when the replica was being built, if I recall correctly. Nev
If it was me, I would have dropped the drain plug for sure.Facthunter I'm not suggesting it was NOT done...I'm just trying to imagine how.
Taylor made multiple trips. You tell me the oil tanks had drain plugs. That implies he took a spanner and the case he caught the oil in and, while perched somehow outside the aircraft in flight, removed a plug with the spanner, caught oil in a case, replaced the plug (let's say just finger tight) and conveyed the case back to the cockpit.
In the cockpit, the oil was transferred to a thermos, which was then carried out to the port motor.
I repeat, I'm not suggesting it didn't happen, but as someone who in a younger life hung off a few flying aircraft, I remain astonished.
Me too. I would then discover that the container I was holding was far too small for the amount of oil coming out...and that no other containers were within reach.*If it was me, I would have dropped the drain plug for sure.