A place where restoration project-type threads can go to avoid falling off the main page in the WIX hangar. Feel free to start threads on Restoration projects and/or warbird maintenance here. Named in memoriam for Gary Austin, a good friend of the site and known as RetroAviation here. He will be sorely missed.
Mon Jun 17, 2019 9:35 am
The C-97 "Angel of Deliverance" Needs Your Help!
On Tuesday, June 4, the C-97 Angel of Deliverance was returning to Reading, PA from Hagerstown, MD to participate in the annual Mid Atlantic Air Museum World War II Weekend event.
At a point 20 miles southwest of Reading, the number two engine suffered a catastrophic internal failure and had to be shut down and feathered.
While a routine 3 engine landing was made at Reading, we are now left in need of a replacement engine.
There are a few out there, finding a airworthy replacement may be difficult.
We are looking at a cost of around $300,000 dollars!
This amount will not only help us obtain a replacement R-4360-59B engine, but a meaningful supply of spares which will secure the airplane’s future for a long time to come.
If you can help, please send a donation to:
Berlin Airlift Historical Foundation
PO Box 782
Farmingdale, NJ 07727.
You can also donate directly via PayPal to Airlift48@aol.com
The Berlin Airlift Historical Foundation is a 501 c 3 tax exempt charitable organization.
Tue Jun 18, 2019 6:56 am
Good luck getting her back in the air. It's been a pleasure seeing her in Reading the past two years. My daughter and I enjoyed walking through it this year.
Fri Aug 09, 2019 5:02 am
Curious of how the project is going? Have you all been working on it?
Mon Sep 09, 2019 7:50 am
No, we haven't really. We have been looking after the airplane and its systems, but there is nothing we can do with #2 until we source a new (or usable) engine. The airplane is (was) a flyer until the #2 failure. We know what's wrong, we need the funding to get the replacements.
Wed Sep 25, 2019 12:41 am
So about what would one replacement cost?
Wed Sep 25, 2019 2:26 pm
That is an unkown as the party who owns the package deal will not break it up.
Several years ago, though.. I visited Precision Engines and they told me that it would cost upwards of 250K just to try to overhaul one.
(I know they're out of business now, but it was still a staggering number)
Thu Sep 26, 2019 10:47 am
Might be worth consulting with Dennis Sanders if you haven't already.
Sun Sep 29, 2019 5:57 pm
What is a packaged deal? Lots of spare parts other than engine?
Thu Oct 03, 2019 10:51 am
Yes. Several known engines and a whole lot of spare parts.
Thu Nov 07, 2019 9:30 pm
Just a thought, would an engine (or parts of) off the Spruce Goose work on your C-97 if a trade could be worked out? They must be the lowest time 4360s around.
Fri Nov 08, 2019 12:03 am
An older series / version of the engine. It has 7 high tension magneto's and the C97 4 low tension mag's. Then fitting the exhaust system, and other things that maybe different, like possibly the nose case etc.
Fri Nov 08, 2019 8:07 pm
Mon Nov 11, 2019 11:01 am
Any leftover Super Corsair engines in Chino?
Mon Nov 18, 2019 10:01 pm
Kevin, Connecticut Corsair has a running, low time 4360 mounted on a semi trailer set up in a test stand configuration with a club DC-3 prop. We hung out with some of your Skymaster guys at the Stratford, CT Corsair event years ago, great group. We've been thinking of donating the entire rig to a group that can use it. We haven't run the motor in a couple years, but it gets pre oiled and cranked over regularly. We don't have the logs for it unfortunately.
Heres an old video of that event. Oil clears out around 2 minute mark. Craig McBurney (owner) walks by at 3:12. https://youtu.be/DDCxgCyy16w
I don't remember the dash of the top of my head but I believe this came off a C119 and it has the seven mags. I believe you guys are running later dashes than that, but perhaps there's parts commonality. I cant imagine what ray is charging to overhaul these big boys now.
Thu Nov 21, 2019 8:18 am
Thanks for the heads up. Ill let Tim know.
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