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

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Restoration Project
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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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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Texas Flying Legends’ by Chuck Cravens Careful realignment is always part of reinstallation when using a fixture. Update In our last update, we showed the tail cone’s initial assembly, disassembly, and finally painting. The vertical stabilizer was at the same stage. This month those assemblies are beginning to take on their final, permanent form. 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 The Christmas season was part of the time period covered by this update so, in honor of the season, I thought I would show a photo that wouldn’t ordinarily make it into an update: This is what an AirCorps-style Christmas tree looks like! The P-47 tail cone is festooned...
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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 A view from the other side as Hunter works, there are a lot of those clips to put in! Last Month… The horizontal stabilizer came out of its fixture.  The disassembly of the fuselage took upmany of the work hours last month as well. In the restoration shop, the...
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Texas Flying Legends by Chuck Cravens Randy works on some of the last rivet placements in the skin. Ryan, Dalton, Randy, and Sam begin the move of the horizontal from the fixture to the bench. Update on the P-47 Last month we looked into the assembly of the horizontal stabilizer. This month the horizontal, the...
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