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Classic Wings Magazine Luftwaffe Resource Center WWII Naval Aviation Research Pacific
Final Cut-The Post War B-17 Flying Fortress and Survivors - 5th Edition


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PostPosted: Tue May 16, 2017 7:06 pm 
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Erik Johnston posted a great walk around of your B-26K on youtube!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GEfomPh_-p8


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PostPosted: Wed May 17, 2017 8:16 am 
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Just watched Erik Johnston's walkaround video and had a question. Sorry if this was already answered and I missed it!
Why are there vortex generators just forward of the rudder only on the right side of the vertical stabilizer?
Thanks and watching your progress both here and on facebook hoping each post will be good news!


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PostPosted: Wed May 17, 2017 2:26 pm 
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Vortex generators and a metalized rudder one foot wider was added to handle the extra horsepower added to the airframe. The left engine is the critical engine. If it fails, more right rudder is needed to keep the airplane from turning. VG's energize the airflow over the right rudder to make it more effective. The thrust line of the right engine is farther from the centerline of the airplane so it has more P factor than the left. If you need more ask again. Thanks, JR


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PostPosted: Wed May 17, 2017 9:24 pm 
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Exactly what I wanted to know! Great explanation! Keeping fingers crossed on both hands for you guys!


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https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/P-factor


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PostPosted: Sun May 21, 2017 10:41 pm 
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It was a good weekend to work. Got two cylinders changed on Mona that were slinging oil. The retractable ladder on the right side got painted red. Preparations are being made to weigh the airplane. Hoping to do an engine run and maybe do a high speed test down the runway next weekend. Need to do a gear swing to verify the doors are closing properly. Our to-do list is getting really short for the first flight. That will be a glorious day!!


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PostPosted: Mon May 29, 2017 11:04 pm 
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We are weighing the lady on Tues of this week. We are anxious to see where the empty CG falls and where we will be in the loaded envelope. Our Mk 82 replicas are about ready for delivery to us to add to our growing ordnance load. Of course we won't test fly with any excess drag or weight, but they should look cool later. Looking to add some other things to the pile! We only have half of the pylons filled. An SUU-14 submunitions dispenser would be great. A flare dispenser or rocket pod would round out the load nicely. Until the next news bulletin, we return you to our regular programming. JR


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PostPosted: Fri Jun 02, 2017 6:18 pm 
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Tim & Chuck worked all day Friday finishing up changing push rod seals's etc., on Mona. Severe storms been passing thru North Texas all day, dropping lots of well needed rain. More forecast for tomorrow. Dang it! Flooded streets remind me of Bangkok. May put a damper on our morning run down the runway.

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PostPosted: Fri Jun 02, 2017 8:03 pm 
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My flight on AA is delayed 3 hours for departure to PHX, so I probably absorbed any delays for the run down the runway tomorrow. That's the way it works, right? It's that balance of nature thing. Hate to miss the run but duty calls! Maybe my turn will be next Sunday. Be sure to check out our Facebook page for the latest video & pics. Facebook.com/a26specialkay


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Be sure to check out our Facebook page for the latest video & pics. http://www.facebook.com/a26specialkay

Long day, eh amigo? Link tweaked..

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Crew Chief JR reported two successful trial runs down the runway between rain showers yesterday. The next run will be up to 53" of MAP to see if we are close to 212 BMEP. Yep, Kay has a Torque meter. It will also help identify which engine has failed in the event that happens. The team removed the pylons to cut drag and is buttoning up all loose ends. Our newly overhauled fuel transmitter in the left main tank is being installed today. The old one got to be a little shaky. All we lack is finishing up! Less than 1% left on the initial to-do list.


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This past week, there was a dedication at the US Air Force Academy of a plaque honoring the Academy grads who served in the A/B-26 for part of their careers. Several of the Nimrods whom we have met in the course of Kay's restoration were listed. Roger Graham, author of "Nimrods" and a grad, did the speaking honors. Randy R took pictures for us and we have posted these on our public Facebook page. There is a great shot of the plaque with A-26 history. Be sure to check it out at http://www.facebook.com/a26specialkay


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PostPosted: Sat Jun 10, 2017 11:30 pm 
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Big day planned at museum on Sunday. Kay will probably do a couple of test runs as well as the T-33. Both are close to being ready to fly. All we lack is finishing up!


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The engine runs were successful on Kay. Got the prop Gov's evened out on same rpm. Both are making good power. The gear swings were right on. Not only that but all of the controllable oil leaks were dried up. The cowlings were dry after the run for the most part. A lot of work had to be done to get the doors fitted perfectly when closed. Now all we need to do is lubricate the gear and flap tracks to call those systems ready. One gremlin raised its head in the cylinder head temp gauge. It quit working on one side so off to Wichita it goes. It has been a long, incredible journey but we are almost there. We will fly some first and then try for painting. Stay tuned!!


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PostPosted: Mon Jun 19, 2017 10:17 pm 
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The fuel transmitter was replaced in the left main tank after the newly overhauled unit went T.U. It was sent back to the shop for another go. The CHT gauge was also sent off for repair but a newly overhauled one was ordered to speed things up. The wing pylons were removed to save about 500 lbs and some drag for the first flight. We will do a careful weight and balance calculation to make sure it falls in the CG envelope for takeoff and landing. Nearly everything is ready to go when we get the CHT gauge back and the insurance man gives us the "Omni Omni VOR" blessing. The 75th anniversary of the first flight of the prototype was on July 10, 1942 by Benny Howard, famed Douglas test pilot. Wouldn't it be cool if we could hit close to that date?


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