1-218-444-4478 PO BOX 847, BEMIDJI, MN 56619
1-218-444-4478 PO BOX 847, BEMIDJI, MN 56619

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Lope’s Hope 3rd
Texas Flying Legends’ By Chuck Cravens View the PDF version here… The fuselage is lowered onto the wing. Painting the Wing Photo from Building the P-51 Mustang – Michael O’Leary – pg 56 North American Aviation ordered camouflage paint deleted from Mustangs and all subsequent fighters and bombers in an order dated January 1, 1944....
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Texas Flying Legend Museum’s by Chuck Cravens Lope’s Hope 3rd sits ready for a visit by Dr. Donald Lopez, Jr. & Laura Lopez Update… The restoration is nearing completion as you will see in this month’s update. Many more visually interesting operations happen near the end, so this time there are many photos.  We will...
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Texas Flying Legends’ Museum by Chuck Cravens Update It is an exciting time in the restoration of Lope’s Hope 3rd. As we showed in the last update, the wings have arrived.  The wings and fuselage were joined this month to finalize all the fitting.  After mating the two major assemblies, many control runs, plumbing, and...
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Texas Flying Legends’ by Chuck Cravens The guys guide the trailer into the shop to unload the wing. Update The big news for the Lope’s Hope 3rd project this month is that the wings have been completed by Odegaard Wings. They have been transported to Bemidji and work will begin on installing landing gear and...
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Texas Flying Legends by Chuck Cravens An angle from below gives us a different perspective on the electrical work. Update Last month’s cover showed Aaron making up wiring harnesses and inside were other photos of him wiring up the pilot’s main switch box.  This month those harnesses were put to use as Aaron began the...
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Texas Flying Legends By Chuck Cravens Aaron is working hard on soldering up the components for wiring harnesses. Update… The restoration pace has picked up a bit on Lope’s Hope 3rd.  The wings are progressing nicely. Mark Tisler was over at Odegaard Wings to help with the process and sent some photos. Mark reports: “Gun...
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Texas Flying Legends by Chuck Cravens This photo of the right wing gives us a good view of the gun bay. Update The December/January update will be brief because most of the progress on Lope’s Hope 3rd this month happened at Odegaard Wings. The fine folks there sent some images of the wings.  In the...
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Texas Flying Legends by Chuck Cravens Ryan has been working on the dorsal fin, restoring it to  flawless condition. Some of the fillets around the empennage were  formed and installed as well. Update: This month found us waiting for Lope’s Hope 3rd’s wings to be completed and shipped, so the crew spent most of their...
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Texas Flying Legends by Chuck Cravens Veterans sitin front of Lope’s Hope 3rd celebrating Veterans’ Day at the AirCorps Aviation restoration shop. Captain Donald Lopez’s last combat missions: November 11, 1944 (Armistice Day) The origin of what we now call Veteran’s Day was celebrated on the date the Great War ended, now of course, called...
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