This month marks the fifth anniversary of the C119 Flying Boxcar Restoration Project. At times it seems like not much has been done, but in looking through the last five years of posts on this forum one realizes that we have really come a very long way. All work is done by a 9-person crew dedicated to the Boxcar's restoration, with help from many others along the way. It must be taken into account that we work mostly only on Wednesdays and occasional Saturdays as the need arises. All work must be carefully planned and fit within budget constraints. The winter months make working outside impossible so we must bring our work inside the heated 1941 hangar. Behind the scenes, and often in our homes, research into the plane's history is done, and we have established contacts in Canada for support and to ensure historical accuracy. The intent is to display this aircraft the way it looked in the late 50's to mid 60's when it was an active supply ship to the RCAF outposts in the Arctic Circle of northern Canada. In addition to the plane, our project has been expanded to include a WWII Jeep, Ambulance, and the creation of the new "Boxcar Park", a project to beautify the grounds around the C119 and the Frog Pond. The MARC C47 has also been added to the Park surroundings. The goal of the Park is to present a peaceful, pleasant place for visitors to relax, enjoy a lunch, or just take a break and take in the ambiance of the museum.
So now we move into year six of this project.
At home, Kevin has been adding instruments to the C119's panel.
Paul N. has finished up the park bench and it turned out looking better than new.
Painting on the ambulance has been started.
With the warmer weather finally here, Paul L. and I got together and started laying out Boxcar Park. The flags indicate where the pathways will be located.
Paul L, the designer of the Park, discusses the layout and cutting areas with Bob B. at the right.
This is a retouched satellite photograph showing the layout of Boxcar Park. The multicolored areas will be planted with maintenance free wildflowers which will define the walking areas. This project will be done in stages, and is already underway.
Ed VanDyne has been helping with the mowing and keeps the grounds looking beautiful.
This propeller will be moved into the new Park.
Paul L. obtained this mulch for us. We plan on placing landscape timbers under and around the C119 where the sun doesn't shine and nothing grows but weeds. The mulch will be used to fill in that area.
We recently had some special guests visit us from Canada. On the left is John Green of Toronto, me, and Ron Wylie of Burlington, Ontario. Both visitors are members of the Jet Aircraft Museum in London, Ont. and Ron was responsible for getting us a copy of original drawings of C119 RCAF markings. This will enable us to accurately reproduce the insignia and lettering that belongs on the plane.
Richard Curtis is continuing his sheet metal work in an effort to keep the birds out of our aircraft. This view is inside the nose wheel opening.
Bob Cox got the scissors lift out of the 1941 hanger where it spent the winter so he could perform Spring maintenance.
The warmer weather also allowed me to start masking the "Flash" markings on the sides of the aircraft. The next step is to paint the black trim that goes around the flash.
One does not realize just how big this plane really is until you drag a 12-foot step ladder around it! Each foot of flash marking required four strips of tape. Some of the markings had to be measured and redrawn before taping could begin.
After taping was complete, Kevin helped me with the painting.
Bob C. also helped with the painting.
Two coats of black trim paint were applied and allowed to dry. The next step will be to remove all that tape.