I think the Beech is ready for the move to our new facility at Alliance Airport. What’s left is packing the locker components and getting the supplies for the wing jigs. Andy tePoele is making the wing slings to allow the wings to be removed and left off for when the aircraft is moved. I will coordinate with Joe McCourt this week for the parts.
Another meeting item with Joe is my plan for interviews to support Women in Aviation. I have a listing of ideas that I hope to get approved so I can meet with Rita Parsons to start the ball rolling.
I’d like to say the work was easy today – not. The cleaning of the tail section, MLG wheel wells, and installing (temporarily) the engine cowlings was a real blast. Yep, it was really hot today. Doc Blackwell and Ray Bacon brought their power washers and the process went smoothly. Austin Beasley and John-‐Paul Weber worked tirelessly today cleaning the aircraft.
Man oh man were the wheel wells in need of a good clean. After the aircraft was moved back into the hangar (dripping water of course) we had to clean the ramp area where the work was done. Ray Bacon made this happen.
I’ve made contact with The National Park Service about listing our Beech as a national asset and should hear back by Wednesday. I also contacted The Texas Woman’s University about some of the decals we want to place onto our completed aircraft. I’ll call back next week.
The LBJ Library in Austin was also contacted . I have requested their archivists to respond to my request for information (documents and photos) of Jackie Cochran. I should hear back next week for this info. If they have info, it trip time! I’ll request Tom Kellam to accompany me and will probable ask one of the volunteers to come along too.
Bob Pratt cleared one of Beechcraft storage lockers and literally filled my truck, thanks Bob! He also assisted with the cowing installation along with Stuart Riley.
Linden Clack was everywhere helping with all of the projects.
Remember you are working with history.