Wednesday, November 2, 2011

October Newsletter

Another month has gone by.  If this keeps going on, I’m going to get older.


Paul and Ayman have been making great progress on the four ailerons.  The P-82 series have four, while the standard A through J Model Mustangs have only two ailerons.  The leading edge balance weights and gap seal mounts have taken up quite a bit of time to get them aligned properly.  All of the ailerons are now disassembled and are in deburring and painting.  By the beginning of November, they will start being riveted together in major subcomponents.  A very complicated design--Paul has come to Weezie for very detailed, in-depth plans on these ailerons, more than he has on any other portion of the airplane.  

Center Section
Bryan, Randall, Jeremy and Ted have been busy on the center section top and bottom skins, and the set-up of the forward spar in the fixture.  Lots has been completed, but the progress does not show in the center section pictures.  

Vic Peres (Erie) completed the remaining three attach angles on the center section.  

Our two 19’ long .375 x .187 center section angles are now complete, awaiting installation for set-up drilling.

Weezie will be making another trip over to Thrush with a whole batch of ribs and small parts to bring them up from soft (0 condition) to T-4 hardness.  While there, she will attempt to purchase another odd-ball piece of channel so I don’t have to mill it out of a piece of billet.  

Nixon’s Vintage V-12s will have our second engine finished shortly.  I was able to save a substantial amount of money on the shipping and the insurance to cover the loss/damage of the engine if something unforeseen had happened.  I was able to go to Cannon Aviation Insurance, the agency that covers my B-25, and get a very, very good deal on $250K of loss insurance at 1/6 the rate of what the trucking company offered.  

If anyone ever needs aviation insurance, Bob Cannon is the person to go to in Mesa, AZ.  A great company that gives a lot of personal attention to its clients.

Engine Mounts

Barry Hutton, our wizard metal bender from Atlanta, has completed all of the set-up drilling on the two engine mounts.  They are now coming apart and going through the paint process prior to our starting to rivet them together.

Engine Mount Parts

California Trip
I have postponed my California trip to look at our second engine for at least another month due my being needed here on the center section and engine mounts on the XP-82, and lending a hand on the repairs to Larry Kelley’s B-25 Panchito.

Switch/Instrument/Fuel Control Panels
Ken Friend, our volunteer, is busy working on the painting and detailing of all of these panels.

Summer’s gone, and we now have somewhat cooler temperatures, but the gnats, mosquitos and all of their offspring have arrived.  I would rather have summer back.
Bumps in the Road

The Katz

 “We are going to have to have a serious discussion with both of you on your request for performance-related raises”.  

Crew Picture
It’s been a long time since we have shown a crew picture of all of our team members.   They are as follows alphabetically:  Weezie Barendse, Paul Flora, Bryan Hortenstine, Randall Lanier, Tom Reilly, Jeremy Scott, Ted Smith and Ayman Tarawneh.  Everyone is doing a magnificent job (except the Katz).


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