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Date:  5-17-2014
Number of Hours:  6.10
Manual Reference:  p. 8-9
Brief Description:  Baggage Area, Match Reaming Fuse Skins

I clecoed and match reamed the #40 holes through the F-750 aft baggage side covers to the vertical and horizontal ribs, then drilled the top and bottom flange attach holes in both F-724 vertical baggage ribs. The inboard hole in the bottom flange of each rib came out with inadequate edge distance (photo 2). I plan to replace these flanges with ones slightly longer, and re-drill. I have some left over 0.032 stiffener angle that should work fine for this.

I spent most of the time today making sure I've completed the instructions up to the point of disassembling the forward fuselage. I match drilled the aft vertical column of holes through the forward side skins through the aft side skins (photo 3). I did the same for the aft row of holes through the center bottom skin into the aft bottom skin. I then match reamed the side and bottom skins to bulkheads F-902 through F-706 bulkheads, F-7010 stiffener webs, and the baggage side ribs. All I have left is to drill the forward ends of the inboard F-772B forward floor stiffeners to the F-601J engine mount angles on the firewall, and install vent line attach nutplates on the F-902 bulkheads.
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Top flange of the left vertical baggage rib drilled through the main longeron.

Top flange of the left vertical baggage rib drilled through the main longeron.

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I plan to replace these flanges.

I plan to replace these flanges.

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Match drilled the aft column of holes through the forward side skin into the aft side skin.

Match drilled the aft column of holes through the forward side skin into the aft side skin.

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