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PostPosted: Sat Jan 18, 2020 11:14 pm 
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Kay’s home base, the Vintage Flying Museum, is offering an IA renewal class on Feb 8-9. It will be mainly about warbirds and the A-26 in particular. Both the B and K models will be presented. The course will be taught by an A&P/IA. See either the VFM Facebook page or Kay’s FB page for more info. Can also make reservations on the VFM website. www:vintageflyingmuseum.org
For the latest updates on Kay, see http://www.facebook.com/a26specialkay


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PostPosted: Sat Jan 18, 2020 11:15 pm 
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Work continues on the restoration projects we had to postpone to make last year’s shows. The clock is ticking to get done in time for this year. We have not been very aggressive in scheduling much in the pre-summer season, but will after the summer. We still are looking for local mechanics who might be willing to volunteer to help us and become part of the team. Come out to visit at VFM on weekends.


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We are looking for information for a solid state static inverter to replace the two old rotary types which are a source of weight we are trying to eliminate. The inverters convert 28v DC to 115 v AC and 26 v AC. Any suggestions?


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PostPosted: Thu Jan 23, 2020 10:12 am 
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The trade off is going to be $$$$ to lose the weight. The 26VAC is fairly cheap, at several hundred bucks. 115 VAC/400cy, depending on 1p or 3p, is going to be well over $5K.


Much bummer about Mark and Bill yesterday. I worked with Mark for about 10 years. Thoughts and prayers to all....


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PostPosted: Thu Jan 23, 2020 6:27 pm 
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We are in shock still. They were the retired Navy guys who maintained the A-3 at VFM. They were bringing back some parts rom Corpus Christi when an 18 wheeler crossed the median and hit them head on. It was instantly fatal. The truck driver was injured but not badly. While they didn’t work on Kay, we considered them part of our hangar family and they will be missed. They put in a lot of time and effort getting the A-3 here and painted. Douglas built the A-3 and B-66 as replacements for the A-26. It was a tragic accident that didn’t have to happen, but they are leaving a legacy for their unit and for future generations. Salute!


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PostPosted: Sat Feb 08, 2020 11:46 pm 
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The Vintage Flying Museum presented its first A-26 Maintenance Familiarization Course this weekend. Bill Gorin, aka Crew Dawg did the instructing. It is a two day course for those who want to work on warbirds and A-26’s in particular. A drawing will be held of participants to win a ride in the CAF Invader Squadron A-26, “Night Mission.” Stay tuned for an announcement for future classes. The next VFM event is a “Ride Day” on 21 March. Perhaps up to six warbirds will be available for rides and three will be relatively inexpensive. Be sure to check back for more info closer to that date.


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PostPosted: Thu Feb 20, 2020 7:13 pm 
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We attended NWOC, National Warbird Operators Conference, in Mobile last weekend. Had a great experience visiting with other operators and maintainers. There were several speakers such as George Hardy who was a Tuskegee Airman in WW2 who went on to fly C-119 gunships in VN. Of course, our favorite was Joe Kittinger who flew Kay during his transition to the B-26K for VN. He told several stories about his combat missions including getting shot down in an F-4 on his third tour and ending up as a POW in the infamous Hanoi Hilton. He also told about his record setting hi altitude jumps from helium balloons back in the ‘60’s. He was the first man to see the curvature of our planet. After retiring from the AF, he took on the project to fly solo across the Atlantic and completed it successfully. Now at 91 years old, he still drives his own vehicles and not much slows him down. We urge all those with an interest in warbirds to attend NWOC next February. Rumor has it that Corpus Christi will be the host city. Warm temps and seafood go well with warbirds, don’t you think?


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The C virus has forced VFM to temporarily suspend guest visitation for a couple of weeks. But work continues on all the aircraft in winter maintenance. Kay is in D check as everything is getting inspected from top to bottom. The T-33 has the tail off and engine pulled out. It looks like a model airplane ready for building. Lots to do on both. The other A-26 from the Invader Squadron is close to being ready to go and we have lent them some help. The B-29 is going back together nicely so it is expected to be out of the hangar next. The B-24 is still waiting on some landing gear parts, but it will probably be number 3 to go out. The VFM Ride day on 21 March is postponed and an announcement will be made when that is rescheduled. :P


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