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Well this isn’t what we were hoping for, but after working non-stop for the past few weeks, we have a vibration that looks like it’s going to prevent us from flying the Fairchild to Blakesburg. After getting the cowling on Thursday and tending to a final few details, we started up the engine and began the break in process. There wasn’t anything too noticeable at first, but during the higher rpm run-up there was a pronounced vibration.
Don’t quite yet know the exact cause, but probably is the engine mounts. Will start looking for the problem and hopefully get the F24 flying soon. Below you can see the decal we put on the airplane just as it had when it was new and part of the CAA fleet. Even though it won’t make it to the Corporate Wings event this year, it’s nice to have it dressed up.
The Fairchild and the Ford.
, Fairchild F24
Departure day is just around the corner for Blakesburg, and the Fairchild is getting very close to flying. The leather baffles that fit between the engine and cowling are on. Tomorrow we expect to put everything back together and do an engine run up, then the test flight. If everything goes well we should fly the next few days to break in the engine and depart for Iowa on Sunday.
Jim getting his hands on some of the more difficult bolts in an attempt to install the collector ring.
Leather baffles in place, putting the finishing touches on the collector ring which can be a difficult exercise in things fitting at one end of the circle and not at the other. You can feel like a cat chasing its tail.
Collector ring in place, ready for the cowling and engine start!
Tags: Fairchild F24
Harold Hanson the founder of the museum paid us a visit this weekend. Here is Harold standing by the Fairchild 24G that is almost complete for our trip to Blakesburg. The engine top over haul is just about done.
New inter-cylinder baffles being fit to the new cylinders.
Tags: Fairchild F24
We’ve taken another step towards getting the Fairchild 24G back in the air. Below you can see the last cylinder #7 on the 145 Warner Scarab being installed, completing an extensive top overhaul at 300 hours. During the cylinder top overhaul we found we had three cracked cylinder heads, two in the exhaust port to valve guide area and one completely cracked from spark plug hole to spark plug hole. Due to our lack of machining capabilities here are the Museum, we sent all 7 cylinders down to Alan Holloway in Quincy, CA for inspection and rework. They replaced one cylinder head and welded the cracks in the remaining two cylinders. We also installed new intake valves and piston rings in all 7 cylinders, our exhaust valves were all well with-in servicable limits. Allan Holloway’s services are highly recommended and they are good people to work with.
An A&P’s view of installing the intake tube on cylinder #6.
The 145 Warner Scarab is finally complete. It awaits vavle adjustment, spark plugs, harnes installtion, NACA cowl brackets, and run-in time. Next we’ll be completing the annual inspection and reassembly of the rest of the aircraft for test flight.
Tags: Fairchild 24
One of our planes that tends to turn heads because of its somewhat unusual appearance is the Call Air A-2. The low wing plane was developed in Wyoming as a mountain ranch hand of sorts. There aren’t many of them around, and as far as we know, none of them have been cover models.
Well back in 1950, our A-2 made the cover of Flying magazine. There’s a great story about the plane as well.
And this isn’t our Call Air’s only brush with fame. The airplane is the actual plane flown by Kenneth Arnold when he reported seeing several unidentified flying objects near Mt. Rainier. Arnold’s reported sighting is the believed to be the first of a UFO in the United States and subsequent stories about him are the origination of the term ‘flying saucer.’
Personally, we prefer to fly the identifiable flying objects like the Call Air on nice summer evenings.
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Last week we finally received the cylinders for our Fairchild F-24. The airplane has been sitting in the restoration hangar for quite a few months now without much more than a crankcase in front of the firewall.
The cylinders look great, and they’re all laid out in the shop waiting to be reassembled. Of course just as we were getting ready to put everything back together we thought it a good time to give the Flitfire Cub an annual. That turned into a bit more than anticipated and a few cylinders had to be pulled off the Continental as well. So now it’s getting crowded in the hangar with several airplanes awaiting cylinders.
The Fairchild should be back together soon and after some local exercise we hope to fly it out to Blakesburg for the annual Antique Airfield Fly-In. This year’s theme is Corporate Wings and there will be a number of antique corporate aircraft flying in from around the country. The Fairchild was bought new from the factory by the Civil Aeronautics Administration and served the agency as their corporate aircraft.
In the meantime, we’re trying to finalize the date for our annual corn roast fly-in next month and should have the date up on the website soon.
Tags: Fairchild F24
Well after a whirlwind of the Vintage Fly-In and Oshkosh and a week to recover, we’re finally back to update the blog. Sorry about the delay.
The fly-in here in Concrete was a great success again this year. Despite some weather woes with IMC mornings and thunderstorms in the evening, there were plenty of airplanes flying in old and new. It was one of the better years for antique airplanes and it was also a better than normal year for non flying visitors.
We have plenty of notes on improvements for next year, especially for parking of antique, vintage and classic planes, and we hope to have a few new things for the fly in next year as well.
There were some some great aircraft on display and the awards handed out by the Concrete Vintage Fly-In are listed below.
Grand Champion – Howard DGA 15P – Fred Lundeen – Olympia, WA
Reserve Grand Champion – Stinson SM-8A – Greg Larson – Snohomish, WA
Champion Warbird – Sterman N2S4 – Kent Johnson – Auburn, WA
Champion Antique – Lockheed 12A – Jim Perry – Monroe, WA
Champion Classic – Cessna 195 – Bob Juranich – Des Moines, WA
Champion Contemporary Classic – Bellanca 14-9-2 Cruisemaster – Rock Snodgrass – Lake Tapps, WA
Champion Experimental – Van’s RV8 – Marc Drake – Arlington, TX
Best Short Wing Piper – PA-22 150 – Herb Huesitis – Point Roberts, WA
Antique Airplane Association Choice – Stinson SM-8A – Greg Larson – Snohomish, WA
Tags: Vintage Fly In