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Final Cut-The Post War B-17 Flying Fortress and Survivors - 5th Edition


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PostPosted: Fri Jun 30, 2017 1:38 am 
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CHT gauge is back and being installed. Ready for one more engine run after the final airframe inspection. The launch countdown has begun for the morning of July 10.... It will be 1942 all over again... all we need are Mr Douglas and Bennie Howard, the test pilot to recreate the first A-26 flight. Kay is now 72 years old and enjoying her makeover. We just hope she doesn't turn camera shy at the last minute.


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CHT gauge is back and being installed. Ready for one more engine run after the final airframe inspection. The launch countdown has begun for the morning of July 10.... It will be 1942 all over again... all we need are Mr Douglas and Bennie Howard, the test pilot to recreate the first A-26 flight. Kay is now 72 years old and enjoying her makeover. We just hope she doesn't turn camera shy at the last minute.



Champagne is on ice, and many thanks for bringing us all along for the ride in this thread and on facebook.

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Hear hear. What an amazing journey and what a privilege to follow along and contribute when possible. Bravo to all involved, bring on July 10!

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It is a fine Sunday morning here in the Republic. Be a great day to pull her outside for an engine run to see if the CHT works now. We have been inspecting everything so now it is time to check that we didn't miss anything. Should give us time to fix any problems before the big day. The launch countdown continues this morning with fueling etc. It has been nearly 7 years since the airplane arrived from Montana. We are excited about the future possibilities. We think it is time to start planning a gathering of A-26's!


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Good luck on the first flight! Fingers crossed everything will go as planned. It seems as you guys have had alot of surprises along the way.

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Since Photobucket decided to charge retroactively to host our pictures, we no longer will use them. Unfortunately, we can't go back and replace the hundreds of pictures, it would just be too time consuming. We are within days of flying the airplane for the first time. Look for pics and video on our Facebook page, http://www.Facebook.com/a26specialkay


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10 July 1942, Douglas test pilot Benny Howard eased the throttles forward for the first A-26 flight. We are going to make a commemorative flight with Kay for the 75th anniversary. We will roll out of the Vintage Flying Museum hangar at Meacham Airport about 9 am on Monday, July 10th. Join in the fun if you can. Two big radials make an awesome sound. Don't miss out, call in sick!! :lol:


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Since Photobucket decided to charge retroactively to host our pictures, we no longer will use them. Unfortunately, we can't go back and replace the hundreds of pictures, it would just be too time consuming. We are within days of flying the airplane for the first time. Look for pics and video on our Facebook page, http://www.Facebook.com/a26specialkay


If you can get me the pictures I will restore the images on this thread and host them on the WIX server.

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Well done, guys! It's been a long seven years!

Pat 'n Steve up front, I presume?

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CONGRATS YOU GUYS! A job well done! Can't wait to see the finished product! It will be a stunner for sure.

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Here's a first short video from the restoration team. I have much more to come. We have cameras in the cockpit, on the right wing tank and on the belly just aft of the bomb bay. This short has a camera at American Aero filming the takeoff and me at the end of the runway for a flyover. Turn up the sound!

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