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

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Repair
by Chuck Cravens The Red Tail runs after 10 months of repairs Update As November comes to a close, more and more signs point to a return of the Red Tail to the skies and its educational mission. Last month we saw wing mounting, landing gear work, air induction system, and cockpit progress.  The wing...
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by Chuck Cravens One more wing assembly photo: Tye and Mark install one of the four large bolts that attach the wing to the fuselage. Update The milestone events of last month (moving out to the hangar, receiving the wing from Odegaard Wings and assembling the wing and fuselage) call for follow up in this...
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by Chuck Cravens Lining up the wing and fuselage, almost ready to join. Update Some very significant events have happened this last month. Many assume our restoration shop is at the airport but that isn’t the case. It is 8 miles away in an industrial park. So, along with the usual restoration shop images, we...
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by Chuck Cravens This is a front view of fuselage with lower cowl former and also note that the side cowl former has been dimpled and the Dzus springs installed. Update Last month’s update was produced early to have a current status report at AirVenture in Oshkosh, so this month’s update covers a slightly longer...
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by Chuck Cravens She’s looking more like a flyable Mustang every day. Update Some skins and systems are in process this month and are nearing completion. Firewall forward area before the skins are fitted shown here. Rear angle view in this shot, she once again matches her name. Rudder hinge and pushrod shown  before the...
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A6M Zero
Texas Flying Legends Museum by Chuck Cravens Texas Flying Legend’s Museum: Honoring Our Past–Inspiring the Future.     Update This month marked the end of the repairs conducted at the AirCorps Aviation restoration shop.  The repaired Zero tail section was sent to Tri-State Aviation in Wahpeton, North Dakota, for reconnecting to the rest of the...
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A6M Zero April/May Update
Texas Flying Legend’s Museum by Chuck Cravens Update The renovation of the A6M-2b Zero, Last Samurai, is accelerating as everything comes together.  We will revisit the replica fuselage guns, now completed and ready for final finish.  We will also see skins being made and the structure work pretty much completed. The last section of the...
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by Chuck Cravens The Red Tail mounted in its fixture at the AirCorps Aviation restoration shop with another rare C model, Lope’s Hope 3rd in the background. We are very privileged to have two P-51Cs in the shop at once, truly an unusual sight! Update In last month’s Red Tail update we left off with...
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A6M Zero Update March
Texas Flying Legend’s Museum by Chuck Cravens Update They say if it doesn’t have guns, it isn’t a fighter.  We all know that the nebulous “they” are never wrong, so Texas Flying Legends decided that guns were a definitely desirable addition to the fuselage in this repair and renovation of their Zero. The Model 21...
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by Chuck Cravens This is a front view of fuselage in the fixture inside the restoration shop working area. CAF Red Tail Squadron’s Tuskegee Airmen P-51C Update Robert Heinlein once said “A generation which ignores history has no past and no future.” This wisdom appears as part of the Commemorative Air Forces’ mission statement. Heinlein’s...
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