Gust Lock FAQs:


Q: Are gust locks external devices attached directly to the aircraft's control surfaces?

A: Yes, while others are attached to the flight controls inside the cockpit.

Q: Is a gust lock used?

A: Yes, and its disengagement is a very important step on the preflight checklist.

Q: Were gust locks left engaged?

A: Yes, and with the resulting crash killing Boeing chief test pilot Leslie Tower, and United States Army Air Corps test pilot Ployer Peter Hill.