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PostPosted: Fri Jan 04, 2019 8:08 pm 
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Winter maintenance in the winter is a momma dog! We are deep into the inspection program and installation of a new fuel tank. Number one engine has been gone through with many new pushrod tube seals to help dry it up. Number two gets the spa treatment tomorrow. Lots to do yet so keep track on our Facebook page. No login required. http://www.facebook.com/a26specialkay
Our 2019 airshow schedule is starting to gel. Will post as it develops.


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PostPosted: Sat Jan 19, 2019 12:32 pm 
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Hi! I apologize if this has been covered/discussed/already, but frankly I don't want to wade through 266 pages just to find the answer is not there.

And it's a pretty simple, easy question. When the B-26Ks were remanufactured by On Mark, did they get a new data plate with the FY 64 serial number and showing On Mark as the manufacturer? And if so, did this new data plate replace the original Douglas plate, or was it just added next to it or nearby?

Thanks in advance for your help. LOVE what you're doing with this airplane, BTW. :drink3:


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PostPosted: Sun Jan 20, 2019 1:12 am 
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OnMark modified the B & C models into the K with extensive changes. The AF gave it a new SN 64-17679 which is what we placed on the vertical per the original. OnMark had data tags on specific parts that it manufactured. There are Douglas and OnMark tags in the cockpit. 34198 was the previous AF serial number. The FAA ignored the change in model designation because there were never supposed to be any K models in civilian ownership so the FAA registry still has her as a B model. It shows it as an Experimental but not because of the changes. Many surplus Invaders were converted to exec transports with a Limited category, but that practice was limited to the late 40’s. After that, any A-26 or B-26 as the designation was changed to when the AF split from the Army had to be given an Experimental category even if the two (pre & post) were exactly alike. The designation was changed back to A-26 when the K’s were sent to NKP in 1966. However, the FAA Registry still uses the B-26 designation to this day. When filing a flight plan or working with ATC, they still call it a B-26. Part of the ignoring the changes was due to the CIA and AF keeping the K’s classified. No paperwork was ever filed by either with the FAA about the modifications, nor was it required for a military aircraft. Only the transfer from the AF to the State of Georgia Forestry Service for three airplanes was the first clue the FAA had that any were in civilian ownership. Kay is the last flying survivor.


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PostPosted: Sun Jan 20, 2019 8:31 am 
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A26 Special K wrote:
OnMark modified the B & C models into the K with extensive changes. The AF gave it a new SN 64-17679 which is what we placed on the vertical per the original. OnMark had data tags on specific parts that it manufactured. There are Douglas and OnMark tags in the cockpit. 34198 was the previous AF serial number. The FAA ignored the change in model designation because there were never supposed to be any K models in civilian ownership so the FAA registry still has her as a B model. It shows it as an Experimental but not because of the changes. Many surplus Invaders were converted to exec transports with a Limited category, but that practice was limited to the late 40’s. After that, any A-26 or B-26 as the designation was changed to when the AF split from the Army had to be given an Experimental category even if the two (pre & post) were exactly alike. The designation was changed back to A-26 when the K’s were sent to NKP in 1966. However, the FAA Registry still uses the B-26 designation to this day. When filing a flight plan or working with ATC, they still call it a B-26. Part of the ignoring the changes was due to the CIA and AF keeping the K’s classified. No paperwork was ever filed by either with the FAA about the modifications, nor was it required for a military aircraft. Only the transfer from the AF to the State of Georgia Forestry Service for three airplanes was the first clue the FAA had that any were in civilian ownership. Kay is the last flying survivor.

Thanks so much for the detailed reply! I really appreciate it, and thanks again for all you do. :drink3:


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PostPosted: Sun Jan 27, 2019 5:29 pm 
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We are very pleased to see Kay on the cover of the Feb. issue of EAA Warbirds magazine. The photo was shot by Scott Slocum and the article was written by Budd Davisson. Kay is also the centerfold with a shot from above and the vents open on the chem trail tanks! :lol:


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PostPosted: Fri Feb 01, 2019 6:30 pm 
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The EAA has posted two new Warbird videos on YouTube about Oshkosh last summer. Kay is featured in part of one along with many other Warbird types and the other is exclusively about Kay and her history. For the first time, a Stick Actuator discusses her flying characteristics. The easy way to find them is to look at our public Facebook page. No membership or login required to view it. So y’all are invited!

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PostPosted: Thu Feb 14, 2019 12:26 am 
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Kay has a new right hand Aux fuel tank installed. It has been a race to get it done and off the engine support jack before our neighbor in the hangar is ready to go outside and test a newly overhauled number 3 engine. We have to move Kay in order for FiFi to get through the door. The rest of the inspection is going well. The pitot static system and transponder check were done this week. Kay is equipped with ADS-B out and a 406 ELT. She is certified for IFR. Our airshow schedule is starting to fill up. We are even getting requests for next year already. We will post the schedule here and on our Facebook page when it is completed. The Vintage Flying Museum at Ft Worth Meacham Airport is having a fly day on March 16. Several aircraft including the B-24 will be selling rides. We hope to be flying by then. Check out the VFM website for more info and to book a flight. A couple of us will be attending the National Warbird Operators Conference in Tuscon next week. It includes a tour of the DM boneyard. Will send back some reports!


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PostPosted: Mon Feb 25, 2019 12:59 am 
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The National Warbird Operators Conference came to a successful conclusion on Sunday in Tucson. We had good weather for the tour of the DM Boneyard and a close up look at an active A-10 from the 357th Fighter Squadron. Their patch has the phrase “Ugly but well hung” on it. Of course, the reference is to that big ol 30 mm Avenger gun. This just continues to be an amazing airplane. We had all sorts of speakers and breakout sessions. Snow hit Tucson on Friday. The May 8, 2020 flyover of DC to celebrate the 75th anniversary of the end of the war in Europe will have about twice as many planned aircraft as the last time. It will be nothing short of spectacular to honor the Greatest Generation’s accomplishments. We have put Kay on the reserve list to go if there is an opening. She went to England in 1945 so it would be appropriate for her to participate and represent the three major wars that A-26’s were used in by the USAAF or USAF. We have been posting pictures from the boneyard on our FB page if anybody wants to see them. No FB login required. http://www.facebook.com/a26specialkay


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PostPosted: Wed Mar 06, 2019 12:24 am 
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March is roaring by and it will flying time again soon. Our first airshow is at Waco the first weekend of April. We can hardly wait to do some test and training flights to get ready for that. Our ground school class will kick off the training cycle this coming Sat. We still have quite a few items left to check off the inspection list but most of the hard ones are completed. We are really looking forward to resuming flight operations!


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PostPosted: Wed Mar 27, 2019 9:28 pm 
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An engine run showed the new aux fuel tank is feeding normally and has no leaks. We installed new scupper drains on both tanks and were rather surprised by the left side. It didn’t want to even spit when we poured mineral spirits into it for the test. A little investigative work found evidence of a mud plug left by an insect. Cleaned same and it now works as advertised. We will continue some test runs on engines and fly sometime next week although the weather forecast is not the best for then.


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Grooaannn...mud daubers, the national bird of Texas... :x

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Actually, not Texas mud daubers, but Montana looks like. But those varmints have no respect for state borders. The CAF T-34 that sat outside in Florida before it was restored had a mud dauber nest in the fuel vent on the left side. We kept wondering why the tank would barely feed and it took some time to figure it out. Who knew?


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Diabolical little creatures...tag-team mud daubers! :shock:

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If the weather cooperates, we are planning to take Kay to the Heart of Texas Airshow in Waco this coming weekend. It is a two day event so if we don’t make it there on Saturday, we will try again on Sunday. We will have her on static display so be sure to drop by and visit. We will be offering cockpit tours, new T shirts and hats along with several other new items.


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