This month marks the completion of the second year of our restoration effort. It was in April 2010 that George Norsen
first suggested to me that we take on this project to "spruce up the 'ole girl" and make her look more presentable. Then Kevin House
and Dave Oliver (Ollie)
joined us to fill out the C119 Restoration Team. At first it seemed we hadn't made much progress, but then thinking back to what the junk-filled hulk looked like in the beginning, we really have come a long way. Also several facets of this project are underway now as we speak (write) which you will see come together as this year moves along, so check back here regularly.Kevin
has finished painting the service ladder and is putting it's feet back on. Soon it will be displayed on the side of the aircraft where it will be in it's "service position".George
and I have been washing the ailerons and rudders in preparation for their recovering and painting.Ollie
has been busy cleaning up our cargo ramps.
On a recent Wednesday, Kevin
prepared one of the trim tabs for a work session with the Geneseo interns. They came down the following Friday for lessons in fabric recovering.
He started by demonstrating how to iron out the material while interns, Paul Kennedy
, Andrew Yonkey
, and Ryan Carroll
tried his hand at it.
The boys teamed up to apply patches to cover the openings in the trim tabs.Brandon Horton
and Andrew Yonkey
applied tape to cover the rivets.
Then they cut out material to cover the framework.
The finishing touches were applied and the tabs were set aside to dry. They will be ironed out another day.
This is what our C119 looked like when it first arrived in Geneseo. I've been told the dark areas just past the crew door are smoke stains from it's days as a fire fighter. We are still researching it's history to learn more about that.
This is what our plane looks like today. For some unknown reason, somebody removed all the markings on the port side of the aircraft. We will have to put those marking back on to paint it up in it's original Canadian colors.
To accomplish that I have started redrawing the "lightning bolts" on the side of the aircraft. Kevin
is helping me with this.
These lines will give us guides to follow for the placement of masking tape.
With the weather starting to warm up we will be very busy with all the work we have ahead of us. If you have a day to help out and don't mind getting your hands dirty, stop down and see us on any given Wednesday. Dave Kolchuk