| A colleague just told me a story of mechanics in Viet Nam fixing
| by stick welding using coat hangers, and that the coating on the hangers
| was sufficient flux to get the job done. Is it just me or does this seem
Well, the second generation arc rods were merely rusty rods, then after
that they were dusted with a flux, then the technology went up from there.
So, I think in theory, it is possible, but even my "Modern Welding Practice"
dated 1951 and 1958 says it's hard to get a decent weld with bare rods.
There was a time when skill made up for many of those deficits, but I can't
see anyone that desperate that they'd put a life on the line that way. The
bare and dusted rods had pretty good metallurgy even back then, and coat
hangers are anyone's guess as to what the mix is at any given inch.
I don't think there was much steel on aircraft even in WWII, much less
later, but there might have been some steel equipment installed, some
locally made, some not..
We all know how rumors get started, too...