October CAF Red Tail Update

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.

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 month’s update. We will look into the details of the various systems that must be connected.

The wing center section and fuselage systems, the landing gear and gear wells, the cockpit, and some more air intake system work are all part of this update.

Wing Center Section and Fuselage Systems

After the wing is attached to the fuselage, a great deal of hydraulic, oil, and coolant plumbing comes next. With the radiator and oil cooler under the belly back near the trailing edge of the wing, a Mustang has some pretty long coolant and oil lines.

Landing Gear And Gear Wells

Among the systems that are to be finished at this point in the restoration are the main landing gear. Brakes and retraction systems must be connected and tested. Plumbing and other work goes on in the wheel wells. Brakes and retraction systems must be connected and tested.

Air Intake

Cockpit

Now that the wing has been mounted and all those coolant, intercooler, and oil hoses are connected, the cockpit floor can be permanently installed. At this  stage, the instruments and flight controls for the wing can be connected