German factory worker putting together the wing of a Bf 109 fighter, 1940-1944

Caption   German factory worker putting together the wing of a Bf 109 fighter, 1940-1944 ww2dbase
Source    ww2dbaseGerman Federal Archive
Identification Code   Bild 146-1980-005-05
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Added By C. Peter Chen
Added Date 10 Jul 2010

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1. Commenter identity confirmed Bill says:
28 Aug 2010 11:04:13 AM

What this worker is doing, is adjusting the
automatic leading edge slots.
2. Commenter identity confirmed Bill says:
28 Aug 2010 01:58:27 PM

All Bf 109's were equipped with wing leading edge slats. The slats automatically extended
from the wing at high angles of attack.
They also improved low speed handling and

Did you know...

The Russians bought five Bf 109's for test
and evaluation. The Lavochkin design bureau
copied the slats for their LaGG 3 and La 5
3. Commenter identity confirmed Bill says:
30 Oct 2016 03:36:36 PM


Translation "Don't Push Here"

As the Bf 109's left the factory, they had different maintenance stencils on the airframe. Stencils on the leading edge slats, warning the ground crews not to push
against it.
Time in the field many of those stencils disappeared due to dirty hands, cleaning of the airframe, dirt, oil, grime and weather.


The slats automatically extend from the wing, at high angle of attack, and also improve low speed handling and air flow over the wing...

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