The grounds finally dried out enough that the big farm machinery could start cutting all the tall grass around the airfield. Dave Oliver
helped us by cutting a swath out to the C119 so we could get back to work.Kevin House
was anxious to get going on flight deck improvements.
Kevin looks pretty natural sitting up there on the C119's flight deck. He should. Kevin is a retired commercial airline Captain. The actual pilot and co-pilot seats have been removed to give us more room to move around the cockpit. They will soon be put back for the airshow.
Kevin also helped us continue on with the porthole window repairs.
This photo is proof I do more than stand around taking pictures. Some stubborn old rusted hardware had to be drilled out.George Norsen
got the big trimmer out to clear the tall grass under the plane. We are responsible for maintaining all the grounds around the plane along with it's restoration.
George has started repairs on the radome nose.
George also helped with the cleaning of the restored areas around the porthole windows. Now they can be painted with Clear-Coat to protect them from future corrosion.
I got the orbital sander out, removed rust, and cleaned the remaining seven windows.
Last Wednesday we moved all our display pieces from the admin building to the aircraft in preparation for the upcoming airshow.Bill Kearney
stopped by to give us a hand. Here, with me on the inside, we worked as a team to install new stainless steel hardware in four more porthole windows. Only three remain to be done, and then all 28 windows will be finished.
Every successful project has a good management team, and we are no exception. In fact, we seem to attract more than our fair share of "supervisors". Here we have Herb Entz
, Jim McGurn
, and George Norsen
keeping an eye on things.