The mild weather this Fall enabled us to get some loose ends tied up. At left is Paul Nothnagle, finishing up hardware installation on the aircraft.
NWM member Dave Semley of Ontario Canada was inside the flight deck helping Paul.
Dave also started cleaning up the cockpit of the aircraft. This officially starts the flight deck restoration project. Museum member Bob Cox has offered to loan us an electric heater so we can work inside the plane during the winter.
Rich Curtis has been installing additional lighting inside the cargo area of the aircraft, facilitating our inside work.
George Norsen, Kevin, and Ollie review drawings of our plane's markings. We are indebted to Canadians Ron Wyle and Ken Kennedy of the Jet Aircraft Museum in London, Ontario (http://jetaircraftmuseum.ca/) and Canadian NWM member Bill Reid for helping us acquire these drawings. This will enable us to accurately reproduce the correct RCAF markings our plane once had in the 50's and 60's.
Since we had this mild weather, we decided to reattach as many of the ailerons as possible. Ollie got things started with Paul while Dave Semley and I assisted.
By the way, the elevator is in place and has been securely fastened so it won't move in the wind. We hope to have that ugly red paint replaced by this time next year.
The small plates you see on the underside of the elevator are covering the access holes needed for removal and attachment. In Spring we will give them a coat of aluminum paint.
Museum member Ed VanDyne (In foreground) also helped with the aileron work. That's Paul behind him.
Ollie adjusts one of the many mounting brackets for the ailerons.
It took help from many people to get all four ailerons reattached and secured on the aircraft. Ed, Dave S., Paul, Ollie, and I all worked together to get the job done.
When the crew finished their work, it was beginning to look like a real aircraft again.
Then we bolted on special brackets to keep the ailerons from flopping all around. Paul, Me, Ollie, and Ed. Photos by George.
This is another of our winter projects - The restoration of the cargo ramps. They will be cleaned, repaired, painted, and new anti-skid material will be applied.
The 1941 hangar looks pretty empty with all the ailerons and the elevator out. The two rudders have been put into storage for the winter. We'll reattach them in Spring.