We received this video today from Anderson's in Idaho of the first start of our No. 2 engine after overhaul. They will do some post run checks on it to make sure everything is up to specs and then we expect to hear about the delivery date. Maybe it will be Kay's first Xmas present!! Everybody keep your fingers crossed!
Wed, Aug 13, 2014 is a very special day. Ed, Larry, and Ichabod Crane did the honors. The right engine is all loaded and headed to Anderson Aeromotive in Idaho for overhaul. This is the last major and most expensive hurdle on Kay's return to flight. Please help push Kay over the finish line with a donation, large or small in any amount. It all counts and is tax deductible. We would appreciate it greatly! Thanks
Larry and Ray teamed up to make the white knobs on top of the prop levers. Ray cut them out of wood and painted them white. Larry is trying his best to make the cockpit look as original as possible. The airplane at some time in the past, had been changed to a pair of metal tops that were not correct for the time period. They are working from pictures from the manual and from Joe Maynard, our resident Nimrod pilot who helps work on the airplane.
Here the QEC is removed from the engine so now the rest of the accessories and exhaust stacks can be removed.
There was another laying on of hands on Saturday, Aug 9th. Our Crew Chief, JR, decided that we needed to remove the QEC ring from the engine before it gets shipped off to overhaul this week. We thought it might not be too big a chore, but found out differently fairly fast. Not to mention that the temperature reached over 100 deg while we were figuring this out.
This picture was given by the Hurlburt AFB Public Affairs Office in 1969 to a young lad whose brother was going through C-123K "Candlestick" training at the time. It is interesting because it represents an interim phase of the K model changes. Notice the camouflage pattern is slightly different on the tail, the propellers are not painted black, the underside is still cream colored white instead of black, none of the ordnance is painted black on the bottom and the carb air intakes are still in the front lip of the cowling instead of being placed on the top of the nacelle above the carburetor for the tropical mod that was discovered as a fix when five of the airplanes were used in the Congo by the CIA in the mid 60's. AND drum roll please, AF64-17676 is now the aircraft on display at the National Museum of the Air Force in Dayton, Ohio.
JR Took this video today of the flaps moving up for the first time in nearly two years. Once the left aileron was hung, it was time to start on the flaps and get them all adjusted and lubricated. This is another good milestone for the return to flight!!! The A-26 was the first AF bomber to have a laminar flow wing and slotted flaps which allowed it to obtain speeds that were to close to what fighters could achieve.
Denny Lynch, the man who ran Lynch Air Tankers in Billings, Montana, and ultimately decided to save Special Kay from the scrap heap, was interviewed for this story in 1983. It now appears on Geoff Goodall's Aviation History Website. This early history of the airplane is priceless as it filled in gaps that we did not have before. We want to thank Craig who posted the lead to the story on the www.warbirdinformationexchange.org website. Be sure to read all five pages! In 1987, Denny provided the A-26's and flew in the making of the movie, "Always". This was one of our favorite airtanker movies with John Goodman, Holly Hunter and Richard Dreyfuss.
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Fill this space!! The newly repaired carb is back & ready to be installed again. Looks like an unusually warm weekend in store for Texas seeing as how it the end of January. Back to cold on Tuesday though, but we are thankful for the break and the chance to really catch up on some of the setbacks like the carb & props. It would be an excellent time to drop by on Saturday to see how it is going!! Come see us!
Trimming the canopy glass to fit takes an artisan's touch. Lining up the holes to drill to match the existing holes in the frame takes a micrometer eye. Then figuring out how and what kind of stress relievers or cushions to put in with the screws to reduce the likelihood of cracks takes some engineering. It is a far more complex operation than simply slapping the new glass in and forcing it to conform to the frame. We are very lucky to have the talent needed right here on our team. Nearly 200 man-hours have gone into the canopies so far. That's dedication!!Type your paragraph here.
Here is the new platform we mentioned earlier with all the wiring cleaned up that the cockpit guys have spent a lot of time on. This is looking aft behind the left pilot's seat. They have done an incredible job making this functional & potentially useful for perhaps installing a jumpseat or air conditioning system. The next part is cutting out the fabric covers for the sides & back so the plumbing & wiring are not exposed. In other news, the night shift has been hard at it finishing the left hand nose gear door. It is nearly ready to hang. We can start doing gear swing tests again soon. That light at the end of the tunnel just keeps getting brighter!!
Arnold and JR pulled the exhaust stacks and bundled up some of the wiring in preparation for the shipment of the engine. These exhaust stacks are getting as rare as hen's teeth as we say here in the Republic. If anybody has a solid lead on where some might be located, feel free to use our contact form. And nope, Airspray in Canada has sold all of their parts and remaining airplanes, so this is not an option.
The big news yesterday was this!! JR & company figured out the prop situation & they are back to normal operation. This is a huge relief to everybody!! A lot of other things were also accomplished. Pics of those activities will be posted later so be sure & check back often!