C119 Report - 12/14/2015 - Merry Christmas!

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C119 Report - 12/14/2015 - Merry Christmas!

Postby Dave Kolchuk » 14 Dec 2015 18:52

The year is rapidly coming to an end and we are getting ready for the Holidays. The WWII ambulance will be one of our indoor winter projects.
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We already started work on it.
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The front end has been stripped of many of it's parts. They will be repaired, painted, and re-installed.
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Some of the parts are already fixed and painted. Note the difference in the headlamp casings. The one at right looks new.
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This is where we left off last winter. We hope to make a lot of progress on the body work. Besides the ambulance, another picnic table and park bench will be fixed up for use in the park next year.
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Thursday evening, December 10, was the Museum's annual Christmas dinner and meeting. We found the C119 hiding in the darkness and looking a bit lonely.
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So a little Christmas cheer was added to greet visitors that evening.
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Not far away Swanson Hall was beginning to hum with activity.
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Several volunteers were already inside getting everything ready for the evenings activities.
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The place was really shaping up!
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Jamie was hard at work in the kitchen.
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Then guests started arriving.
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Dave Oliver (Ollie) with his friend Marcia next to him, and Mary Jane with her friend Paul Nothnagle.
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Once the signal was given, it didn't take long for the guests to start a food line.
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After dinner some Museum updates were given, and one big surprise for me was to receive the 2015 Volunteer of the Year Award from Austin Wadsworth!
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This party usually ends one year and starts another. Many conversations discussed next year's activities, and the C119 crew members present started sharing their ideas. We have several projects to get underway once the warm weather returns. The black painting around the engines, nacelles, and booms will continue. The propellers need some finishing touches, and the engine fronts can be painted. If time and weather allow, the gear on both sides can be painted. Some aluminum paint needs to be applied to the underside of parts of the wings and around the engine covers. Kevin and Tom will continue working on the flight deck, adding instruments and radio equipment. Boxcar park will see some improvements. Phase two of the wildflower seeding will be installed, and improvements to the frog pond are being planned. We sure could use some help with all this, so if you are so inclined, we'd like to have you join us for a day, week, whatever time you can give us. Just show up on a Wednesday, or contact me through email or a phone call.

Best wishes to all!

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Dave Kolchuk
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Re: C119 Report - 12/14/2015 - Merry Christmas!

Postby AndyMorris » 15 Dec 2015 08:33

Great Post Dave! Thanks for the photos and updates.

Having an "anchor" spot outside of the museum is a great idea. It gives folks a place to meet, gather or find each other.

The weather gods have allowed us all to enjoy a little more before old man winter shows up.

Let's enjoy it while we can.

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