Saturday, December 6, 2014

Big BIrd gets its Feathers Plucked

Visibility:          Great
Temperature:   Very nice
Comment:        No Operations today

Today was the appointed day to start the rebuild project on Big Bird.  The runway was still a little soft in some places from the recent rains, and it was decided no operations would take place.  Nobody minded--they came to work anyway.

Jan Zanuto lowers the tail after John Harbick removes the tail stand.
Jan pulls Big Bird to the work hangar.
Jeff Richardson and John Harbick remove the first piece.
Jan Zanutto and Richard Walker work on removing the wing strut while John Harbick works on the interior.
Strut bolts are being removed.
Right wing is on the trailer.  Jan is loosening the left wing strut bolts.
Jan Zanutto makes the first cut in the fabric to make it easier to get to the vertical stabilizer and rudder components.
John Harbick (hidden behind tail) Richard Walker, Dan Gudgel and Martin Caskey remove vertical stabilizer with rudder.

Left wing is off.
Morgan comments about how much lighter this wing is compared to 5H's wing.
Getting the wing to its storage place on the trailer.

Jan, Richard, and John wrestle the wing and trailer for the holes to line up.
Jan is slicing off more of the skin.
The left side is hanging loose.
The insides are bared.
The skin is falling off.
Skin is on the ground.
Dan Gudgel is holding the instrument panel prior to clipping the tubes.
Morgan Hall, Jeff Richeardson, Martin Caskey, Jan Zanutto and Richard Walker eye the frame.
Lifting the fuselage up to the "rotisserie," where it can be rotated.
At the end of the day.

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