Our Tarrant County College Foundation (TCCF) Beechcraft Funding balance is $3,981.00. You can see why we cherish the partnerships formed. The funding for this restoration comes from outside the college but is covered under a TCCF 501 (c) (3). There is a special account just for this Beechcraft – but any donations must say “For Beechcraft Restoration Only” or donations go into the General account and cannot be used for our restoration.
Please pass this to everyone you know in aviation. Be sure to read the last page too. Every $10.00 is $10.00 more than we have now. Goal: $35,000.00 for Avionics.
If I mention Amelia Earhart’s name – everyone lines up. Then I mention Jacqueline “Jackie” Cochran’s name – I am explaining who she is. How can such an important Aviatrix/Aviator with her history and background be so unknown to the general population. Stunning!
I have never worked harder in my life getting Jackie’s Twin Beech ready to be hoisted back from where it came! Yep! Back to the Northwest Campus Hangar. The same location Hemlock Films recorded the aircraft as part of their “The Restorers” series. So busy in fact – no photos to share this time.
My workload is in overdrive for the past two months. Yes, I can get exhausted. Trying to get all of the transition documents, workorders, and physical assistance to work reminds me of the good old military flightline. The launching and recovering F-100, F-101A/C, F-4C/D/E, FB-111A, F-111E/F + others was always a mini heart attack waiting to happen because all missions were essential. Now, my slght work on the KC-97 and the C-47 was not as stressed. I was a member of a crew, not the whole crew as when assigned to a fighter aircraft, ha!
The major repair on the tail section is fitted and all rivets driven except for the doublers. They are fitted, drilled, and clecoed. We are installing screws and nuts for structual integrity temporarily. It is the best we can do and have the aircraft ready (off jacks). I hope this can be done this week.
The tail gear has to be installed after we temporarily complete the tail repair. It will have an inspection by our IA first.
We are very fortunate that Desser Tires and Tubes is donating the tire and tube for the tail gear. We are hoping to forge a parnership with them. Thanks you Tom Rutigliano, Desser Inside Sales Manager.
Consolidated Aircraft Supply, Inc. is rebuilding the #2 engine oil shut-off valve. This valve has been out over two years. The valve is made by the Parker Company. I spoke with Gary Matza, Owner of Consolidated Aircraft Supply and they are rebuilding the oil shut-off valve pro-bono. We hope this is another partnership.
I have to say a few personal words. Gary’s father and mine both landed in Normandy, Omaha Beach in the second wave of infantry landings. Both fought throughout the war including the Battle of the Bulge and were under General Patton. Is this a small world or what.
The left Bladder fuel tank air frame preparation is now on hold until we move. The first week in June is the latest. We are receiving ten-tubes of rivet sealant courtesy of PPG. S.W.A.T. is installing the tank when we are ready and their schedule is clear. Thank you!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Michael’s Keys, Bob Lemmon, inspected, cleaned the entry door lock. It works Bob is an A&P and a personal friend of one of our Beechcraft Restoration Committee members. Thanks Bob!
Diane Castro, TCC Northwest Graphics, has made the required signage for the security of the aircraft. The hangar is shared – yes – I do panic! The signs look great Diane.
The past two weekends are a blur. The team palletized all of the lockers, storage cabinets, and have moved both wings to the new (old) location. The spare parts (large) I hope to pre-position outside the Northwest Campus hangar this week too. The problem is enough assistance.
Our Acting Director of Aviation, Dr. Kirsten Cooper, has opened a lot of doors to ease the transition. Our old facility is now a Collegiate High School and restrictions usually not encountered are in place. We have an office set up and storage rooms (not ready). There is still a lot to move. Thanks Kirsten!
Gosh! Why do we have to move the aircraft? We have literally outgrown the hangar. The hangar and office/classroom purchased design is for helicopters. We actually lost a lot of aircraft storage area but the height is necessary to hangar the larger aircraft. The FAR 147 AMT School and Pilot Training Program will always take precedence over the Beech. We just hangared a G2, a King Air 200 is on the way from the boneyard, and our Lear 24D is temporarily stored in another hangar and needs to be back in the approved FAA training facility. We are in the way!
I could very well be fodder and planted in the VA Cemetery in Dallas before the aircraft flies. But as long as I can move, think, organize, coordinate – this aircraft stays on the front burner. It is a passion. And, for TCC.
The move has created vacancies on the Restoration Team too. I have personally visited repair stations to discuss working a restoration. We work Saturdays 0900-1400 or thereabouts. The team size is restricted. We do need about three-four people that are skilled AMT’s. Moreover, a radial engine technician (on call).
It is hard not being a museum, but we have a Facebook page and are developing a web page. We just cannot advertise. Well, this is an advertisement in a way.
You will not here from me for at least a month. The move is eminent, and there is so much to do, I will be maxed out!
See the benefits of retirement!