We had a Coast Guard C-130 land at Midway Island back in the early 1980s. Hit a goonie bird on landing. The impact was on the leading edge of the wing. The bird was dangling out of the hole as the plane taxied in. Yuck!!
The junior guy on the flight crew pulled the remains out of the hole. (It always flows downhill.
: ) They inspected the damage, nothing big deal, no structural damage, just needed to fix the hole. We did not have a repair crew on Midway and the flight crew didn't want to stick around waiting for one to come from Hawaii. So the aircraft crew chief got creative. Since it was on the leading edge, he took some metal sheeting and formed a patch to cover the hole. Then using ordinance tape (100 mile per hour tape/super duct tape) placed an X
of tape across the patch and then taped the edges down.
: Worked like a champ. They flew the plane back to NAS Barber's Point with no problems. That's over 1200 miles.
The moral to the story is if you have a problem just let the Chief fix it and don't ask questions.