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gines can be reached during flight through a passageway inside the
wing (Fig. 6). in this passageway are the aileron and carburetor
controls, as also the gasoline pipes. It is amply ventilated and
warmed by the heat from the engines and facilitates communication
between the members of the crew, since the noise of the engines
is greatly deadened. The fuel tanks, holding sufficient fuel for
six hours' flight at full power, are fastened in the wings, in
completely isolated and well ventilated compartments (Figs. 8 to
ii), on strong, rigid, hollow supports with intervening layers of
felt. The tanks are ventilated by pipes leading to the lower side
of the wings. The fuel runs out of the tanks under the action of
gravity into small storage tanks, fastened to the engine supports
near the crank case, and is thence pumped into the overflow car-
The wings, fuselage, tail unit and engine supports are made
of duralumin. The stresses to be withstood by these members are
distributed by the metal covering, which is provided with riveted
strengthening strips. The outer surface is thus made so strong
that, in the event of repair work on the airplane, important
structural members cannot be readily injured by local stresses.
The main part of the wing is formed by a strong box girder a
(Fig. 3). This girder is strengthened by three full-length spars
b and a larger number of sheet-metal partitions . These trans-
verse and longitudinal members are riveted to the top and bottom
of the wing throughout its whole length, either by means of flanges
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Rohrbach, A. K. The 1000 HP traffic airplane of the Zeppelin Works in Staaken, report, September 1921; (digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc53613/m1/3/: accessed April 25, 2018), University of North Texas Libraries, Digital Library, digital.library.unt.edu; crediting UNT Libraries Government Documents Department.