Growing up on airforce bases, I have always loved seeing a Voodoo up on an ‘airplane display stand’. Nothing impressed me more than when my dad told me he landed the one in North Bay onto the stand…I was a bit younger, I’m starting to doubt some of the facts of that story.
The CF 101 Voodoo was a cold war era, nuclear capable front line aircraft for NATO. It could fly 1825 Km/h. (supersonic) There’s a rusty old one in town by the airport they are refurbishing, I hope they restore it, but in the mean time, it’s great to investigate in any condition.
WHY DO THINGS RUST? Iron oxide (the redish-brown stuff) is formed when iron and oxygen react in the presence of water or moisture in the air. (Did you know that reaction causes heat?)
EXPERIMENTS: I came across this experiment a long time ago when I was seeking a large ‘stroller heater’ for the winter. I decided to dress them up warmer and do the experiment when they were older.
If rust needs water or moisture in the air, where do you think you should store a whole bunch of out of service airplanes?
If iron (which is in steel, that cars are made from) reacts with oxygen, that cars are constantly in, what prevents them for rusting? How might you prevent the blade of an old shovel from rusting? Does it even matter if it’s rusty?