Since the airshow we've been very busy trying to get our outdoor projects finished before the cold weather comes. One of those projects was to close up the openings in the nose wheel cavity where birds have been getting in.
Ollie cut, shaped, and mounted panels to cover the openings.
A little paint finished up the job.
This is Paul Nothnagle, the newest member of the C119 restoration team. We now have five dedicated volunteers working on the airplane. Paul has gotten right to work removing roof hardware.
Bill Kearney stopped by one day to help out. Bill is always willing to lend a hand when he's at the Museum.
With Bill on the outside, Paul is removing the nuts and screws that hold the flight deck window trim strips in place. These strips must be removed before the windows can be taken out.
This is what the strips look like once removed from the aircraft. They must be scrapped, cleaned, and sanded before painting.
Friends Debby and Matt stopped down for a day to help work on the trim strips.
Each strip is identified to ensure correct reassembly. There are 30 pieces of aluminum trim on the flight deck, held in place by some 600 screws. The photo below shows the starboard roof strips.
In the 1941 hangar Nick and George work on a junction box to be used with the electric power line we plan to run between Swanson Hall and the airplane.
George mounted the box on the back of the Hall. The exact route to the plane has been determined so we can now purchase the wire and arrange for trencher rental.
A year ago MARC (Military Aircraft Restoration Corporation) agreed to let us use two old jeeps that were sitting out in the back lot. Our intention was to restore one as a prop to be used in conjunction with our cargo ramps as part of our field display. The other jeep is for spare parts. Neither vehicle has an engine/transmission and we have no plans to install them. This month Ollie started work on them.
Joe Shemsky helped out with the painting and did a lot of the body work on the jeep. Note the parts jeeps in the right background.
This is what the jeep looked like out in the back lot.
This is what it looks like now.
Also in the 1941 hangar, Kevin has been working on recovering the second rudder. When this piece is finished, both rudders and two ailerons will be painted with aluminum paint.
These are roof vents on top of the C119. They have been taped over temporarily to keep birds, insects, and moisture out of the "attic" of the plane. However we found even tape may not stop a determined bird. They have been known to peck through it.
So Ollie has created and built aluminum inserts to plug up the openings. He painted them flat black so when viewed from the ground they will "look open". That'll teach the birds!
As you can see, many facets of this project run simultaneously, and help is always needed and welcomed. It's a big aircraft and many hands make the job much easier. No special skills are needed, so if you're ever down at the museum, stop by and talk to us.
We are doing better with the finances. SInce the last posting on this forum, several donations totaling over $120 have come in to help cover our costs. We have a donation barrel inside the aircraft and contributions can also be mailed to the Museum or simply left at the front desk in the Admin Building. Be sure to specify your donation is for the C119 Restoration Fund. Any amount, no matter how small, will help us achieve our goal. To those who have already generously given -
We thank you!