The construction of "Boxcar Park", named after our C119 Flying Boxcar, is now under way. The first planting of wildflowers which will define the walkways has been completed. The uncut grass areas in the photos below show phase one of the planting areas.
Several Rose of Sharon trees have been planted, some on either side of the entrance to the park.
Thanks to Ed Van Dyne, we now have mulch under the C119 to tidy things up a bit, and keep the weeds down. Eventually we will install landscape timbers around the mulch when we find some at a good price. Canadian member Dave Semley helped him.
Paul Lazzara has been overseeing the park construction and dropped off these decorative grass plantings for placement.
Paul Nothnagle finished repairing our two picnic tables and applied primer. Later Bob Cox painted them. They are now out under the port wing of the C119, ready for airshow visitors.
Paul Nothnagle and Kevin House took the new park bench out to the plane to "test it out" to make sure it works properly. The test took the better part of an afternoon. I am still waiting for their report on it's functionality.
This is our C119 when it first arrived in 1990. Then somebody removed all the port side markings for some unknown reason.
After cleaning and new roof paint in 2012, it looked a lot better.
And today, after finishing the flash markings, it's really looking good. The nose wheel got painted too.
Speaking of the nose, new C119 team member Larry Ricotta and Bob Cox sanded, masked, and painted the radome nose.
To get ready for the airshow, Paul Nothnagle and I got up on the lift to the tail sections and washed the few bird stains we found. I then applied a fresh coating of bird repellant which works great.
This is the view the birds used to get from the top of the C119's vertical stabilizer. They don't like the sticky repellant we applied so do not land there anymore. The patchy, worn black paint on the booms is the next thing to get done. All the black areas around the engines and nacelles will get painted.
Be sure to check back here for our next posting which will include photos from the airshow!