This is the first update in quite some time. Yep, we never stopped working – just hit a brick wall with the tail section repair. The aircraft has been non-workable except for this repair and components removed before the repair started in July 2016. A lot has happened.
However, before I can even start to share photos and comments about the aircraft – we lost one of the WASPs that visited our aircraft in 2015. Marty Wyall passed two weeks ago at age 95. I am deeply saddened – I have a written letter to Marty on my desk – not mailed!
Tarrant County College Aviation Department sent Marty Wyall a package as soon as we heard she had taken ill. Signatures galore with a Restoration Team Signed Card included. Marty’s smile is everlasting!
The tail section repair is still very time consuming. The aircraft has been on centered on plumb bobs since July 2016 to assure no movement of the airframe during the repairs. This is critical. Next Saturday, the 8th, when all of the rivets are installed the airframe will be structurally sound as new (or better). Wow, we can assemble the tail gear, install, and see the aircraft on the ground. Yea!
It will be the first time the team can work the airframe since July. The air/oil coolers removal instructions and drawings are ready – and scheduled next. Moreover, we can start work on the right engine oil system reassembly too. Life is getting good.
I want to thank everyone for their patience as we dealt with a repair that basically incapacitated our ability to work the airframe except for the tail repair since July 2016. The aircraft will be on display at the 2017 Alliance Air Show!
Now hear this! We need to raise $100,000.00 quickly for an engine overhaul, right wing fuel bladder tank and the reassembly of the wing spar straps. This also includes the required upgrade to the Avionics system. Please pass the word to all.
Please take watch this promotional video link.
Video credit to Eric Rebosio/TCC
The Promotional Brochure Credits are TCC Graphics, TCC PR, TCC Printing, NW Aviation Department, TWU Photos, and Allie Hoyt.
Thanks for your patience!