by Chuck Cravens
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 period.
We ended last month with the hope that the Merlin would arrive soon from Roush Aviation. It did come in the last week of July as you will see in the photographs.
Fitting of skins, windows and accessories were the main thrust of the repairs to the fuselage this month.
As promised, the Packard Merlin arrived all repaired and ready to go from Roush Aviation. They do great work and it is always exciting when the power plant goes in. First the mounts need to be prepared.
Restoring a scoop, or making a new one for that matter, can seem to take forever.
Scoop progress can be slow because it is such a complicated assembly but the Red Tail’s scoop and doghouse are being joined and are close to completion and reinstallation.
The good folks at Odegaard Wings are repairing the wings so that, together with AirCorps, we can get this iconic Mustang back in the air. She is too important to the educational program of the Commemorative Air Force and especially the Red Tail Squadron to spend any more time in restoration than it takes to do the job right. Casey Odegaard sent these photos of the progress they are making.
The final area of restorative progress on “Tuskegee Airmen“ we will examine this month is the main landing gear. A great deal of work went into getting them ready so that when the time comes to put them in, there is no delay.