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PostPosted: Sat Sep 22, 2012 8:32 pm 
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Guess this is the "before picture" of the right gear. It has now been moved up on our list of stuff to do next. Once the Hangar dance is over and we can move back in place, we will get started on this side. Estimates are that it will go a lot smoother than the left side. And to CAPFLyer..you are absolutely correct about the towbar situation. We have run into it many times at airshows with the DC-3 especially. We have a special tow bar that fits in the bomb bay of the B25 so will probably use that for a model except it will have to be longer. The A26 tow bar hooks on to the strut where the B25 tow bar goes into the hub of the nosewheel itself. Need to make it somewhat collapsible to fit on the bomb racks ok. And to Mr. Cooper, thanks for your remarks and encouragement. I am sure the A26 you referred to is going to a good home and will come out looking like a great lady! All it takes is love, dedication and some $$. JR


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===========Hopefully someday the one moved from Rockford to Vincennes will be as nice as yours is now!!!!!!

Question: What is "the one" moved from Rockford? Are we talking about Rockford, Illinois? Curious.

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======= He is also going to paint our blue practice bombs so they will be the appropriate OD with yellow stripes and the proper stenciled info on them
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Remember, one yellow stripe had TNT filler (explosive)
Two yellow stripes, Comp B filler
Three yellow stripes, Tritonal filler

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======= He is also going to paint our blue practice bombs so they will be the appropriate OD with yellow stripes and the proper stenciled info on them
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Remember, one yellow stripe had TNT filler (explosive)
Two yellow stripes, Comp B filler
Three yellow stripes, Tritonal filler

So Randy, what would a 100 pounder typically have back in your day when they used some small ones on the front racks? And would 4 stripes make it a nuke? Aw, just kidding! :-) Fred and George said hi, btw! They had to look at your picture on the nose bay several times to make sure it was you! I told them you said it was you 65 lbs ago and they got a kick out of that. Both were telling me how yall used to hang the external ordnance and then paint it black. Was it a spray paint or globbed on with a brush? I meant to ask them, but they were telling so many stories so fast that I could barely keep up. :-) JR


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========== Both were telling me how yall used to hang the external ordnance and then paint it black. Was it a spray paint or globbed on with a brush?
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Can't take credit for the painting of the ordnance. Far as I can remember, that started after I left.

========== what would a 100 pounder typically have back in your day when they used some small ones on the front racks?

As I can recall, most of the 100 pounders had either TNT or Tritonal filler. I think the 500 pounders had the Comp B. Of the three, I think Comp B became less stable with age, but all three were far more stable than the dynamite available at the time. When I was at Hurlburt, we would have a morning formation to discuss pertinent things, and I remember one in particular where they cautioned us to handle the Comp B more carefully. Seems there had been an accident somewhere, (they didn't say it it was a military installation or at an arsenal) where a 500 pounder had been accidentally "dropped" 4 feet, and had exploded, killing several people. It got our attention because we had not been handling them with the caution we probably should have been. Never heard anymore details about the accident. The iron bombs were typicaly very safe without the booster or fuze installed, and still fairly reliable even when fuzed up.

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NImrodA26 wrote:
===========Hopefully someday the one moved from Rockford to Vincennes will be as nice as yours is now!!!!!!

Question: What is "the one" moved from Rockford? Are we talking about Rockford, Illinois? Curious.


Yep the one that was derelict at the Rockford Illinois airport. We disassembled it and moved it to Vincennes Indiana. Now it is just waiting to be reassembled. :drink3: :drink3:

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PostPosted: Sun Sep 23, 2012 10:52 am 
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Thanks, Cooper. Reason I asked was that I had tried to keep track of the remains of B-26K 17671, which was scrapped at Florence, S.C. in 1999. I heard a report that the tail section of it was spotted at Rockford, Ill. Just wondering if you are the ones that got it?
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NImrodA26 wrote:
===========Hopefully someday the one moved from Rockford to Vincennes will be as nice as yours is now!!!!!!

Question: What is "the one" moved from Rockford? Are we talking about Rockford, Illinois? Curious.


Yep the one that was derelict at the Rockford Illinois airport. We disassembled it and moved it to Vincennes Indiana. Now it is just waiting to be reassembled. :drink3: :drink3:


Where is the display in Vincennes? I was born in Lawrenceville and need a reason to go back. Is the airplane stored at George Field or O'Niel's? Or on the Indiana side?
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It is currently in storage at the Indiana Military Museum. We are planning on reassembling it sometime this month or next month. Also, O'neal airport is no more! It has been gone for a few years now. But, the Lockheed T-33 that is at the museum is the one that sat out in the weeds at O'neal for many years before I took it apart and moved it to the original location of the museum on Old Bruceville Rd. and reassembled it. The museum has moved to a new location closer to the center of town. The museum has a very extensive collection so if you get a chance check it out. There are 2 Cessna 310's sitting at the hangar that is left at O'neal and I know the onwer of the planes and we just talked about going there and removing the props, engines, gear and then scrapping the remainder. :drink3: :drink3: :drink3:

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While I was off to NM for the week, the team accomplished several tasks in preparation for making Kay's first appearance in public for our FALL Fling on 13 OCT at Meacham along with all of the other vintage airplanes and cars in the show. Here, Arnold has tested out some fittings for the bomb bay rack and some of our practice bombs we plan to hang in there for the show. Despite the rain, the team made a lot of progress. Got some very good reports from the real JR about this. Don't forget to come visit us at the B-25 and the A-26 at FALL Fling!! Cheers, the other JR


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Ray got with the program on patching some of the "bullet holes" in the side of the fuselage! Actually, we don't know what caused this one, but it has all of the appearance of one. Patched it is though thanks to the fine workmanship that Ray has brought to the project. We had to kid one of the Nimrods who came to our Spring mini-reunion that he brought back more than the reported 4 airplanes with lots of holes in them from AAA. His nickname was "Magnet A$$"! Kay makes number five according to our calculus. I don't know what that word means, but I just like the sound of it. :-) Thanks Ken.... JR


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Tim, Arnold and Rand are buttoning up the nacelle area for our move down the ramp for FALL Fling on Oct 13 and also for the Vintage Flying Museum's 1940's Hangar Dance on Oct 20. Our B-25 will be the backdrop for the orchestra and the rest of the hangar will be emptied to make room for all of the fun. Be sure to come to both. The DC-3 will be giving rides at both events. http://www.gga1.org Please support our fund raisers to help restore and keep our airplanes flying! Thanks, JR


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Lou and Strat are closing another hole in the fuselage, but we know the origin of this one. It was a very minor bit of hangar rash. We certainly appreciate the talents these guys bring to the team. When we asked for volunteers and got all of these new guys, it was a real shot in the arm to move the project along. If there are any others out there who would like to join us, come see us on any Saturday morning at the Meacham hangar. We are at the point of needing more round engine talent! Thanks, JR


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External racks are being temporarily hung on the wings just to have some place to store them when we have to move everything out of the hangar for the 40's dance. Steve, Denis, Dave L. and Big Mike are lifting these up. Denis has been doing a nice job of overhauling the racks and getting them ready for permanent installation. The two inboard racks have fittings for a 230 gal fuel tank and we would sure like to find some functional tanks for the restoration. Anybody know the code for finding these? JR


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Here Agent T is incognito while shopping for supplies for K!! See if you can find his camo position. JR


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