We finished up the installation of the new flight deck roof windows. Ollie and Paul worked together on the outside.
Bill Kearney stopped by to help on the inside.
George, Paul, and Ollie installed the remaining screws in the starboard side windows.
Ollie load-tested the Crew Chief's chair.
Our display pieces were moved inside the Admin building. The plane will soon be closed up for the winter.
Our big challenge this Fall was the removal of the 29-foot long horizontal elevator. The scissors lift was carefully positioned underneath to support the elevator's weight while the last of the mounting bolts were removed. Kevin stood at one end, keeping it stable.
At the other end was Paul.
Due to rust and corrosion, some of the hardware had to be drilled out. Ollie had to climb up on the horizontal stabilizer to get at the stubborn parts.
Finally the last of the bolts were removed. Bob and Roger gave a helping hand to steady the elevator as it was taken off.
With Paul and Kevin lifting, the six of us managed to remove the elevator and set it down on the lift, and Paul drove it to the 1941 hangar.
Bob borrowed a fork lift and lowered the elevator. It took five of us to carry it in the hangar and set it on saw horses.
We seemed to have forgotten something.......................
Ollie waited patiently for us to come back and get him!
While we were out at the plane we removed the last two ailerons that needed recovering. We now have all seven pieces in the 1941 hangar - four ailerons, two rudders, and the horizontal elevator. We will indeed be busy this winter.
These are the two outboard ailerons, the last pieces removed from the plane. Note the bird nests.
George and Bob built the first of two sawhorses designed to support these ailerons so we can work on them.
We have already started cleaning the elevator.
Paul and I reassembled the starboard sliding side window for the cockpit, and George and Paul did the other. They will now be installed in the plane, completely enclosing the flight deck.
Can you guess who designed and built this neat custom toolbox?
Our chief pilot has had much experience delivering cargo.