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post #1 of 31 (permalink) Old Mar 30th, 20, 11:00 AM Thread Starter
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A26 Progress----------CLOOOOOOOOOOSE!

I don't have more pictures, but some GOOD updates.
First, the plane is now PHYSICALLY CAPABLE OF WHEELS UP!!!!!!!!!!! But a few minor things have to be done------------the BIGGEST is getting all our documentation signed off by an IA (Inspection Authority). A person with an IA certification is someone who is authorized by the FAA to sign and confirm that the documentation accurately describes what has been done to the plane, how and when it was done (and we do have an IA person).
Yesterday, we permanently bolted down the last passenger seat in the bomb bay area, which is part of our Weight and Balance documentation-----------next week our IA will sign those documents.
Our electrician was finishing the wiring for the ADSB (Automatic Dependent Surveillance–Broadcast). ADSB is a surveillance technology in which an aircraft determines its position via satellite navigation and periodically broadcasts it, enabling it to be tracked. It will be REQUIRED for any aircraft that will be flying into Class B airspace (BIG commercial airports). The short version is that ADSB is a very sophisticated type of GPS. That has to be signed off by our IA next week. Without ADSB, we CANNOT fly into Class B airports for airshows!!!!!!
Last, well wouldn't you know it, the person who will be our pilot has to be re-certified (his expired) in an A26. He is the tall person (David) below (I'm on the far right, Zac is next to me) in the picture below. He was the sponsor and pilot on the black A26 below which I used to be part time crew member, but when he got out of it (another loooooong story) and turned it back over to the CAF, it had been too long since he flew an A26 and his certification expired. SOOOOOOOOOOOO, David has to go and fly an A26 (NOT ours) with a rated A26 pilot to get his updated rating.
BUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUT, bottom line---------------THE PLANE CAN NOW FLY!!!!
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That's great Tom! If everything happens on schedule, when do think the first flight take off?
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COOL! Having a "trailer queen" that looks the part but don't dance is a lie. Now, y'all are telling the truth! SUPER EFFORT YOU ALL! HERCULEAN in fact!

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post #5 of 31 (permalink) Old Mar 30th, 20, 11:43 AM Thread Starter
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That's great Tom! If everything happens on schedule, when do think the first flight take off?

HOPEFULLY, before the end of April------------BUUUUUUUUUUUUUT, do not hold your breath. Always remember, our group has been 21yrs just getting to this point!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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We had the plane trucked (in pieces) over from Ark in 1999. I attended my first Chevellabration in 2001. How time flies!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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With all the lousy news we have had to endure, this bit of GREAT NEWS is a welcome diversion. Thanks Tom, to you and your crew for taking on this task and seeing it through. I'm sure I'm not the only one who has enjoyed your "journey"!
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That is quite the accomplishment Tom and gang. Love the old stuff being brought back. Not to change up this thread but since we are on airplanes, I just found this pic in my Dad's stuff. Here is the PBY he flew in the war. Probably long gone. Don't know what the other plane is. Anybody?
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Seaplane is a PBM Mariner, the other is an T-6/AT-6/SNJ Advanced trainer

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Love it!

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That is quite the accomplishment Tom and gang. Love the old stuff being brought back. Not to change up this thread but since we are on airplanes, I just found this pic in my Dad's stuff. Here is the PBY he flew in the war. Probably long gone. Don't know what the other plane is. Anybody?
The 2nd one looks like a Harvard, a trainer plane.
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Great news Tom, perseverance pays off! I was thinking of you all the other day and was gonna pester you for some new info.

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Why didn’t you put LS engines in it? 😀

Tighten it till it strips and back it off a quarter turn.
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Every time I see an update, I’m more impressed with this project. Just awesome and thanks for keeping us updated on the progress

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Why didn’t you put LS engines in it? 😀

DANG!!!!!!!!!!!!!! What were we thinking?????????
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