A new volunteer, Steve Blunt, stopped by last week to give us a hand. Here he cleans the port side lower flight deck window frame prior to applying Clearcoat.
Steve carefully applied the Clearcoat to protect the metal from dirt and corrosion. All porthole window frames on this side of the aircraft are also finished.
Meanwhile, on the opposite side of the plane, Ollie (Dave Oliver) and Kevin House removed all the remaining screws on the lower cockpit windows.
It's a two-man job, Ollie on the outside, and Kevin on the inside.
Kevin had to crowd himself into the corner of the flight deck to get at the screws being removed. It's a tight and awkward place to fit into.
When the job was done, A tired Kevin certainly needed and deserved a rest. The flight deck is cramped and can be extremely hot on a summer day. We opened windows and the roof hatch, but that often is not enough.
The two windows and their frame were completely removed from the aircraft. We have purchased Lexan plexiglas which Ollie will use to create two new replacement windows. The frame will be cleaned and polished, and then we get to put it all back together again. In the meantime, the black plastic will keep out the rain and birds.
The M.A.R.C. (Military Aircraft Restoration Corporation) organization "loaned" us two of their old jeeps that were sitting in the back lot. The intent is to put together one good, non-operating vehicle to use as a display prop on the grounds near our plane. This is a future project and they will be moved into the pole barn to protect them from the elements. If anyone is interested in a winter project, let us know. We also took note of a military ambulance sitting nearby. Hmmmm.....
This jeep seems to be the most solid of the pair and will be used as the base vehicle.
This one is pretty rough, but has some good parts.
The C119 restoration team is now focusing on preparing the plane's roof for painting. It's a race against time as the weather is starting to change. We met with a representative from Sherman Williams Paint Store in Geneseo who advised us on materials and application. The roof must be sealed and cleaned. We could sure use some help if anyone is available and willing. Check with any member of the team.
We are still in negotiations to acquire cargo ramps, but progress is slow. We will let you know how we make out.
Plans have been developed to run a power line from Swanson Hall to our plane. A few details need be worked out and hopefully work can start soon. This will give us electric power inside the plane for our tools, displays, and future interior lighting.
On Wednesday, September 7, we will meet with Geneseo College student intern Mike Terreri to discuss a working relationship between us and the college. This winter project would be a college credit program for the students involved and a source of help for us. More on this later.
There are numerous other ideas floating around that have not yet formed into workable projects, but will after we get caught up with current business. Many things are being discussed to improve the airplane and it's surrounding grounds. We just need time, help, and of course, finances. Bring your friends to the Museum and take a tour of the C119 and see what we've done so far.