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

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Stearman Bu No 3347
Bush Stearman
On November 30, 2018, America lost the last President to have served in World War Two when George Herbert Walker Bush passed.  We at AirCorps Aviation are honored to have participated with Paul Ehlen and Wings of the North Museum in honoring President Bush’s military service through the restoration of a Stearman trainer he flew...
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The flight control lock has been pressed together and painted.  Fuselage “bird cage” frames and longerons are being made and mocked up on spare fuselage tube frame. Meanwhile the nicely repaired actual fuselage frame goes into the paint booth for its first coat of yellow zinc chromate.
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The final stages in the George H.W. Bush Stearman’s restoration Stearman happened this month. The covering was completed, correct yellow #4 paint was applied.  One concession to safety was made. The  landing gear was overhauled and Hayes brakes were installed. Gidair master cylinders were used. AirCorps recently purchased the STC for that installation. BuAer 3347...
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May and early June have been busy times as the basic fuselage framework has been completed.  Flight control systems have been installed ready for connection to the rudder, elevator, and ailerons once the wings and tail assemblies are added. The seats were refurbished and many small parts had the zinc chromate applied. Skin panels for...
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The assembly and rigging day keeps getting closer as more and more parts get their coat of yellow and any markings needed. Cockpit systems and gauges are being finalized.  It’s one of those times where the project looks close to being finished because the larger parts are complete.  There’s plenty of detail work yet to...
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In April the  fuselage frame received its coats of zinc chromate.  The flight control and  trim tab linkages were installed and the flight control lock also put in. The “bird cage” stringers and former assemblies are nearly finished on the spare mock up frame. The end of April marked the arrival of some major components that had been...
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                                                                                 It’s great to see progress on the wings for the Bush Stearman.  
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January 1943                                                                                                                                                                               February, 1943                                                                                                                 It must have been brutal to fly an open cockpit Stearman on a Minnesota  winter day.
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