From Ken Ramsay (the past Saturday and Wednesday):
Saturday was restoration clean-up morning. Thanks to all for keeping our area reasonably clean and neat. It is a tough job with all that is going on.
Dennis, Bill and Jim raised the Corsair so that work can be accomplished on the underside and wing supports. The new stand has wheels so the plane can be moved easily.
Carl has finished fitting the first nose cone for the Sparrow missiles. Only 7 more to go.
Ron successfully welded the T-37’s canopy support which was broken during the wind storm a couple of months ago. Same storm that damaged the Drake and F-102.
Dan is making a new actuator cover for the right elevon on the F-102 to replace the damaged one.
I started fitting the mount rail to the F-102’s elevon. Installed a few screws to see things were fitting. So far so good. (Then) I have the attachment rail for the F-102’s elevon assembled. Now comes the strengthening of the elevon and screwing on the rail.
We have named our newest aircraft courtesy of Jim Jackson.
The 50 Cals for the F-86 are coming along. Compared to a real 50 cal, ours are dead on.
The casters have been installed on the Corsair support stand. Next comes attachment to the airframe.
The engine cowling has been installed on the OV-1’s engines. Went on screaming and kicking just like the A-26. We are missing a few pieces.
The small J57 demo engine is up and running. A switch turns it on and buttons can be pressed to highlight various section of the engine. Very cool. Thanks Carl.
Paul is fitting the final leading edge skin to the F-105’s horizontal stabilizer. Since it will be screwed on, proper fit is crucial.
In our last wind storm the canopy of the T-37 was blown off and damaged. Going to be an interesting repair.