The recent heavy rains in Livingston County have left the grassy areas of the Museum inundated with water. Our C119 is staring warily at the HAG Frog Pond, which is looking more like Lake Geneseo, the newest of the Western New York Finger Lakes. We opened up the plane today, but approached it by foot as to not tear up the grass with our car tires.
One of the projects slated for this year is the replacement of all cockpit windows, which are badly fogged and held in place by rusty hardware. New member Dave Oliver has measured the windows to determine how much acrylic plastic or polycarbonate we will need and is getting prices. Their replacement is part of the overall repair and paint process intended for the white roof areas.
Yup, We're going to replace all those rusty screws and polish up the metal around those two lower cockpit windows as we did on the other side last year.
Weather permitting (we say that a lot these days) we will start work on the remaining 7 port hole windows next week. The other 21 that are already repaired need cleaning and the frames painted with clearcoat.
On Wednesday, April 28, SUNY Geneseo students Mike and Ian met with Austin W., Don W., Kevin and myself to discuss a possible partnership between the museum and the college to work on an aircraft static restoration project, notaby the C119. Since the school year is coming to a close the actual work would not start until September. At that time the interns will meet with the C119 restoration crew to determine specifics. This is a college credit activity for the students and will give the C119 crew some additional help. More on that later.
Also in the works, is a possible liason with member Andy Morris of Binghamton University who is interested in establishing an internet project focusing on C119 research, parts location, and fundraising connections. We will keep you posted as this develops.