News about the C119 flying Boxcar has been a little scarce lately due to George and I having had a number of personal matters to deal with, but we are back on the job now.
First I want to thank volunteer Mike Slane of Geneseo for his help with repairing the scoop window on the port side rear jump door. He cleaned, fixed, and painted the parts which are now installed in place and looking good! Also thanks to ole' Nick who has been stopping by lately to help with the porthole window repair. He has been working on the removal and installation of new hardware around those windows. Last Wednesday member Kevin House from the Hammondsport area stopped in and has joined the C119 restoration crew. He rolled up his sleeves and got right to work. Welcome Kevin!
At this time the C119 restoration team is focusing on finishing up the porthole window work that's been already started. When done, approximately 75-80% of those windows will have been repaired/replaced with all new stainless steel hardware. There will be only 5 left out of 28 to do next year. We also need to get this big bird buttoned up for the winter. Openings are being covered, fixed, sealed etc. to keep out the wind and snow as well as the local critters. George, Kevin, and myself finally got up on the roof to check out it's condition and we will need to do some work up there.
Some of our time has been spent on preparing for future projects going into 2011. We're trying to get the plane's tail feathers removed. We'd like to bring the stabilizers inside for the winter so we can work on repairing and recovering them. We are working on plans for a dedicated electrical power line feeding directly into the plane. This will provide power for our tools without having to string extension cords all the way over from Swanson Hall. This will also enable us to install interior lighting inside the plane in the future. The biggest project being planned for next year is the repairing, sealing, and painting of the white roof. This will require us to remove all upper cockpit windows and replace them with new Plexiglas. So far we have been unsuccessful finding someone who is capable of making new windows for us. If any of you have any ideas, let us know. Someone once made some new Plexiglas porthole windows for this plane, but no one seems to know who. We would also like to get the landing gear cleaned and painted next year, and get the tires fixed up.
George Norsen working on the porthole windows.
Early Wednesday morning - pretty quiet and peaceful.
Volunteer Kevin House has joined the C119 restoration crew and got right to work.
George and Kevin, working together, got a lot done that day.
I’ve been working on the plane's cockpit instrument panel at home and need gauges to populate it. There are about 54 instruments needed to fill in the holes, and they don’t have to be working. Volunteers are needed to contact other museums, boneyards, private owners, the military, etc, in search of these parts. We have info to aid in your search. Anyone want to tackle that?
Also, if any of you out there just love to do research, we need you. Our information about this plane’s personal history is sketchy at best. We can provide an outline to get you started, but need researchers to dig out details. Contact us.