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PostPosted: Sat Sep 15, 2012 8:20 pm 
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Our sheet metal magician, Ray, is touching up the primer on the ribs and spar so we can put the leading edge on tomorrow. Wow, again, that Cherry Max rivet gun is sure speeding things up! Many thanks for that donation! JR


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PostPosted: Sat Sep 15, 2012 8:25 pm 
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How good it feels to be putting stuff back on the airplane!! Ain't she purty?? Should be great to show her to the crowd at Fall Fling on Oct 13 at Meacham. Be sure to save the date! JR


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Hmmmmmm, I wonder what this could mean?? :-) JR


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PostPosted: Sat Sep 15, 2012 8:33 pm 
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Yep, the left gear was installed today. Our most excellently engineered gear handling rig allowed the team to tilt the gear so that it could be slid into the well as the first step. The real JR had his hands full directing traffic to get this very heavy structure lifted into place. The rig allowed it to be done without any strain though. :-) The other JR


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PostPosted: Sat Sep 15, 2012 8:36 pm 
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Here the gear is rotated to meet the trunnions. This a delicate operation as everything has to be aligned just so so. JR


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With the gear in place, Big Tim is tapping it ever so lightly to align everthang* and mate up with the trapeze. JR

* Note to all who don't speak Texan, "everthang" is sometimes understood to mean "everything" in other parts of the Union.


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PostPosted: Sat Sep 15, 2012 8:45 pm 
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Now, it is understood that it ain't aligned until our resident Nimrod pilot and mechanic says it is aligned!! Joe Maynard helped out this morning to see this big milestone through to the finish! Thanks Joe. We appreciate you and all of the other Nimrods, Big Eagle and other A26 folks so much! JR


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The team has the gear installed and now supports the strut until they are ready to let it down and then top off the strut with nitrogen.


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PostPosted: Sat Sep 15, 2012 8:59 pm 
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The gear was made ready for the wheel to be mated and then everybody got really excited. No, not because it was lunch time, but because the time was getting closer to let her down off the jacks finally! JR


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Mark is servicing the nitrogen level in the strut. We left Big Mike in the wheel well behind him to catch the airplane just in case the strut gave way when we let it down off the jacks. Yeah, he is that strong!! :-) JR


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PostPosted: Sat Sep 15, 2012 9:08 pm 
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In a coordinated fashion, Tim and Mark let the jacks down so that the gear would take up the load. Wow, what a grand feeling! The only thing that is going to take getting used to is that fact the fuselage sits much lower now. We are used to just walking under it.....well, except for Too Tall Tim. He has to duck no matter where he is, but for the rest of us, this will take some getting used to again! It is worth it though. This couldn't have come at a better time. Besides Fall Fling on the 13th of Oct, the VFM 40's Hangar dance is the 20th. We needed to be outside by then. Also, the VFM is sending a team out to AZ to load up the A-3D that has been donated to the museum and will become a static display. The "Whale" or "All Three Dead"' as it was affectionately called will be arriving some time in November. The VFM team would like to use our jacks to do the job. JR


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PostPosted: Sat Sep 15, 2012 9:16 pm 
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Ta Dah!! There she is!! Sitting on her own 3 feet again. Ahh The real JR and team have done a magnificent job! Many thanks go to these dedicated folks. Can't wait to hit the tour and airshow circuit with them. We are going to have some great times as well as honor those Viet Nam Vets this airplane symbolizes. It will indeed be a huge opportunity to tell their stories. It is time for it to be told! JR, the pilot


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PostPosted: Sat Sep 15, 2012 9:23 pm 
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It is just too pretty to hide!! Just one more shot for Amy!! Oh yes, forgot to mention that we had to say farewell to one of our oldest, ie, longest, team members. Amy took a great job in Tucson with Bombardier. She was among our youngest, but she made some tremendous contributions to the restoration. Her work in the tail on the horizontal spar carry thru structures was something only she could have done. She spent so much time back there, we got her a change of address card from the Post Office!! We will name that section "Amy's Place" as she is the one who made that all possible! Many thanks, Amy!! The gang all says hi and we miss you! JR


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Some of the team worked this morning to finish out most of the rivets on the leading edge of the right hand stabilizer so we can have it ready to hang next weekend. Some of the team left early, however... namely our Floor Manager, Inu, had his driver pick him up out front of the hangar and head home for chow. We wonder if he is also a back seat driver? The funny part about it is that Arnold gets a lot of folks who want to take his picture... ah, no, not Arnold, but Inu on the bike. I also am wondering if there is any safety issue here. Shouldn't Inu have his own googles and helmet?? And what about "leathers"? :-) JR


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A26 Special K wrote:
Yep, the left gear was installed today. JR

Congratulations on this milestone :drink3:


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