C119 Report - 7/26/2012 - The Airshow and Donations

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C119 Report - 7/26/2012 - The Airshow and Donations

Postby Dave Kolchuk » 26 Jul 2012 17:51

All work stopped for a couple of weeks to get ready for the airshow. This is the interior display set up for this year.
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The inside was cleaned out giving a good view out the rear.
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This year we opened up both clam shell doors to show it's loading capabilities.
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Ollie borrowed a fork lift and brought out two picnic tables for use by our visitors.
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During the Airshow weekend George and Kevin spent time greeting visitors and telling them about the C119 Boxcar.
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Our big ol' gal had plenty of company.
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Many visitors toured the aircraft and took advantage of the shade under it's wings for a respite from the sun and heat.
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Young people were particularly enthralled with the aircraft.
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HAG member Andy Morris, who made a generous donation to the C119 fund last year, stopped by to meet us in person. He came bearing gifts, leaving this surprise package with us. He had heard of the searing heat inside the plane during the summer months and thought of us. Thank you Andy!
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Donations like this are always welcomed and appreciated. We try not to be a financial drain on the Museum and look for ways to cover our costs as best we can. This year's air show contributions to the donation barrel were down, probably due to the rain on Sunday morning. However we need to keep on going and if anyone can help us financially we could sure use some support. Checks made out to the 1941 Historical Aircraft Group Museum can be sent to the Museum at;

1941 Historical Aircraft Group Museum, 3489 Big Tree Lane, Geneseo NY 14454

Be sure to write "C119 Restoration Fund" on your check and mailing envelope so your donation is directed to us. All dollars donated go directly to the restoration of this aircraft. Here are a few things we have an immediate need for;

- 10 Gauge electrical cable to run power from Swanson Hall to the plane. One 250' roll - $192.00.
- Trencher rental to bury above cable - $110.00.
- Two gallons of Aluminum paint for ailerons and rudders now being recovered - $95.00.
- One 6-foot fiberglass step ladder, 300lb capacity, for work inside the aircraft - $97.00.

Of course there are dozens of small things that add up so anything you can do would be a help, no matter how small. If you're in the neighborhood, stop by and say hello - we'd be glad to give you a tour.

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Okay, the airshow is over and it's time to get back to work.

Kevin is finishing repairs to the second aileron.
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A new volunteer, Paul, was trained and is working on one of the rudders. George was helping him.
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Disassembly of the flight deck windows continues. Kevin brought the lift out last Wednesday and got to work.
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It's a two person operation - Kevin on the outside and Paul inside. Later I relieved Kevin, and Paul and I removed numerous roof screws. The curved roof windows will be the first to be replaced. Paul is a good addition to our team, as he got right to work. Stay tuned for our next report as we hope to make a lot of progress this Fall.
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Dave Kolchuk
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