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Contract Awarded for Supply of retrofit kits in support of the F/A-18E/F and EA-18G Trailing Edge Flap engineering change proposal redesign, including 48 Trailing Edge Flap Redesign kits, 48 left hand units and 48 right hand units.
Even though I was junior, I observed the right trailing edge flap (TEF) extend to full while giving the signal for half flaps and I noticed that door 64R was open.
The plane part, known as a trailing edge flap, comes from underneath the wing of the plane, not the landing gear, as was initially believed.
Once the left wing inboard trailing edge flap and inboard spoilers were removed, SSgt Bogard discovered a sheared bolt in a secondary support rod connected to the spoiler mount.
Without the landing gear extended and with no trailing edge flaps the pitch attitude would have already been very nose high.
The modification "relocates the aft segments of the trailing edge flaps aft and below their standard locations when the flaps are retracted [resulting] in increased wing area, increased airfoil camber and a lengthened wing chord.
In addition the new aircraft also offers enhancements to the leading and trailing edge flap systems for improved take-off and landing capability, and optional Blended Winglets and auxiliary fuel tanks that increase the range of the 737-900ER to 3,200 nautical miles (5,925 km).
The starboard trailing edge flap, starboard horizontal stabilizer and both engines sustained damage, but the aircraft was flyable.