“XP-82 Restoration Project”
#44 83887 Twin Mustang Progress Report
Happy Thanksgiving everyone!
|Cutting & trimming access holes|
|Wing center section top skins|
|Leading edge with gun ports|
parts, but having original non damaged ones to pattern off of, including rivet spacing and other little attachment holes that the plans don’t dictate, was a real help. Again, many thanks to Pat and his team in Minnesota.
Vic Peres now has the fuselage to center section mounting bolt hole locations that we were able to obtain off of the Minnesota skins. He will have these mounting holes milled in the spars by the time you read this. With these hole locations, he can calculate and mill the tapers on the cap ends. With those completed, the spars will be shipped to us in Georgia and we will start assembly of the center section.
I still haven’t made it out to Nixon’s Vintage V-12s in California as of yet. I will go sometime after Christmas. I will also go to West Virginia to check on our RH engine cowlings being made there by Aerospace Technologies, the owner of that beautiful polished P-51 named Quicksilver.
The difficult leading edge fitting on the center section flap is now complete thru drilling. I chose to have Paul and Randall work on the RH fuselage and wait on the completion of the flap.
One to be always fearful of fire, I try to keep all of the XP parts in the containers where they are completely safe. With the second fuselage going together, I must start thinking about a larger building to start assembling the fuselages on the center section, so we are exploring possibilities of finding more space or building a hangar. I have been discussing with Don Brooks the option of building a new hangar right north of our existing one that we are in. The cost of this hangar will in no way be paid for with any XP-82 funds. The city fathers in Douglas would like any hangar built next to the one we are in now match the two existing ones. The third hangar that was there from WWII burned in the 70s. It was a furniture factory full of wood and dust.
As usual, something good always turns up. Along comes Boeing Aircraft in Seattle. The original B-17 manufacturing plant which was used all the way up through the 737 assembly line in the 90s is being torn down with the area being turned into a park. It’s sad to see such an historic landmark go away. The building has ceiling joists that match our current hangar which we might be able to buy or get contributed. We will wait and see if we can obtain these steel roofing joists and doors and figure out if the dollars make any sense.
A Sad Note
|Walter and Tom|
God Speed Walter.
We have observed a gray fox hanging around the hangar. We think he is interested in having a romantic dinner with either Allison or Rivet, with one of them being the dinner.
Allison has become our inshop armament specialist and ammunition loader, or in Navy terms, a BB stacker.
A Very Merry Christmas & Happy New Year to Everyone!