A first flight is a momentous occasion. It’s when years of planning, development, and manufacturing culminates in an aircraft’s first time in the sky, when all that hard work pays off and for most aircraft, they do so while painted in a drab shade of olive green. Why are prototype aircraft painted in such an unappealing shade?


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Lubrication is a critical part of maintaining a piston engine’s health, be it in an automobile or an aircraft. Lubricants, as their name implies, reduce the friction and wear between moving parts. They do much more than just that, however; lubricants in aircraft engines also clean, cool, and seal the parts they work with, as well as help prevent corrosion and rust in the engine.


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Spacecraft and airplanes are intricate machines that are designed and built to precise specifications, including which alloying element works best for individual components. Aluminum, copper, and nickel are most commonly used because of their ability to resist wear and tear, they can withstand high temperatures, and their magnetic properties. New applications have been found to utilize these metals and vastly improve existing designs.


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Corrosion is an all-too-common result of electrochemical reactions between materials and substances in their environment. It is the gradual destruction of the metal by way of a chemical reaction with the environment. Metal corrosion is incredibly damaging to your aircraft, in particular, the engine. A keen eye during a thorough inspection can help spot areas of rust and corrosion that commonly go unnoticed. In certain cases, a complete overhaul is the only way these areas get noticed.


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Homeowners face various challenges in choosing their desired cleaning agents. The fact that there are hundreds of chemicals on the market complicates decision making. People often choose their cleaner based on cost, health and environmental impacts, brands, and effectiveness. However, using the wrong chemical or combination of chemicals can impede safety standards. With all of this in mind, it’s easy to imagine how tough choosing the right products to clean an aircraft can be.


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