Last April marks the completion of three years work on the C119 aircraft. It may seem like slow progress, but if you think of where we started and where we are now, much has been accomplished. If you look through previous posts you will see what I mean.
Unfortunately, our future progress is going to be hindered by lack of man power. Our crew of five is shrinking. George Norsen is recovering from hip surgery. Kevin House took a nasty fall at home and will be out of commission for a while. Due to a lack of volunteers, Ollie (Dave Oliver) has had to spend much time in the motor pool, keeping the lawn mowers and other equipment running so the new NWM can keep it's appearance up. That leaves Paul Nothnagle and I to carry on with the Boxcar, and even that has been challenged. He and I have been helping with displays and admin stuff for the office.
The point is, that not just us, but the entire Museum needs more volunteer help. Especially now with the name change and desire to raise our image to higher levels. We need to get organized and get some more bodies to work. If you or anyone you know is interested in getting involved, now it the time. Especially now, with our annual air show just over the horizon. These folks are a great crew to work with and the projects will leave you with a feeling of accomplishment and satisfaction. Call the office at 585-243-2100 and leave your name. Any and all skills are needed. Training is available!
Now, on with our Report;
Steve Martz stopped up again and integrated our power ready light with the electrical box. Then we added a custom switch plate to compete the job.
Ollie finished up the ladder and took it out to the plane. He added two weather-proofed planks on the ground to facilitate moving it.
The two sliding flight deck windows have been reinstalled.
We started covering the ailerons and rudders with aluminum paint. What a difference!
Paul applies a coat of paint to one of the ailerons. The paint is very thin and has aluminum flecks imbedded in it. Several coats are needed, with sanding between each coat. The elevator in the background is just about finished and will soon be painted.
Kevin painted the antenna for the roof. It is now ready to be mounted on the aircraft.
The elevator's trim tabs are the last pieces to be recovered. As of this writing, they are almost finished and can be sanded and painted also.
All this work with no play will make us pretty dull. The C119 crew came to HAG for the name change announcement and Sentimental Journey show. Kevin wears one of the new "Boxcar Boys" t-shirts he had made for us and enjoyed the show with his friend Patty.
Paul and his guest Mary Jane were in attendance.
Ollie brought his friend Marcia (white top) to enjoy the Manhattan Dolls.
Kevin enjoys an impromptu visit with one of the Dolls as Paul captures the moment.
I have found over the years that working at the Museum can be a tough demanding job, but someone's got to do it.