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
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.
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.
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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!
Fast taxi went well today. Kay accelerated very quickly even a low power setting of 2500 rpm and 40 inches of manifold pressure! It was a baby step but a very rewarding one for the crew. 😎
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.
We were pleased to find the latest edition of "Aviation History" magazine has a feature article on the A-26 & Kay. While not credited, our own Lefty B took this picture. As we get closer to flying, several magazines have expressed an interest in sending photographers to cover the event, but we will wait until she is painted to have a proper fly day reception for our A-26 vets and reveal for the public. Stay tuned!
Hawkeye shot this video. Be sure to turn the sound up to get the full effect!
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.
Our right engine that seized back in July was taken back to the engine shop several weeks ago. It was torn down and found to have a bearing failure in the drive for the supercharger counterbalance. All other components checked out good with no metal fragments found other than in the accessory case. It was cleaned and all components flushed including the oil tank, prop hub, oil cooler and all lines. The reassembly has started as shown in the photo. The shop will be closed for the Reno Air Races from 13-20 Sept but will resume work on the engine afterwards. We are hoping for a delivery by the third or fourth week of October. While most of the work has been covered by the warranty, the two way shipping costs are not. We need to raise about $5000 to cover this. If you can help, please use the "donate" button. All donations are tax deductible since we are a 501c3 organization. It would be greatly appreciated. Thank you!
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!
Here the QEC is removed from the engine so now the rest of the accessories and exhaust stacks can be removed.
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.
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!
Two turning is always a good thing. It's a beautiful song when played by 36 big honkin' cylinders of the Pratts.
We had a successful first flight and made the flyover of the Air Commando Memorial at Hurlburt AFB, Florida, last October. Kay was finally reunited with one of her old bases and many of the people who flew or serviced her back in the ‘60’s! We will be doing another flyover at the Museum of Flight in Seattle on June 23, 2018. They will be opening a new Vietnam Memorial on that date. Also, Kay has been invited to appear in the first “Warbirds in Review” session with David Hartman at EAA AirVenture on July 23. David will interview some of our A-26 vets and a couple of members of our restoration team. We are getting close to finishing winter maintenance and inspections in preparation for the 2018 airshow season. Plans are being made to go to the paint shop during the first week of May. Lastly, this beautiful picture was shot at the Wings Over Dallas airshow last October by our friend Craig Rembold. To see more of his Kay photos and others, go to www.tiredironmotorsports.com