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PostPosted: Sun Jan 17, 2010 8:36 pm 
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Boy, she cleans up good! Cant wait to see the new scheme!

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PostPosted: Tue Jan 19, 2010 7:21 pm 
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She's home! Al Maxwell and Pat Mahaffey flew 679 home to Ft. Worth Meacham field today. Time to make some room in the hangar and get to work! Pics to follow soon!


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PostPosted: Tue Jan 19, 2010 9:00 pm 
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One more example of "be careful what you ask for, you just might get it"! It's gonna be fun making room for it :roll:. Glad to hear Pat got a turn at the controls.

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I just got word that there are plans to do some engine runs on the B-26 prior to pulling it in the hangar this weekend (assuming we get room cleared for it) so.... if anyone is around Meacham Airport in Fort Worth this weekend stop by the Vintage Flying Museum and check out the worlds last remaining flyable B-26K with the props turning! I'll try to post specific day and a rough time when I know more.

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Craig, I worked for Alaska Air Taxi last summer through last winter and was laid off right about this time last year. I flew out of Deadhorse and we lost quite a few charters when the ice roads went in. Things are still pretty slow up there apparantly.


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PostPosted: Tue Jan 19, 2010 10:25 pm 
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Bill is right. We'll do one last run up before she goes into the hangar. We'll probably get started at noon this Saturday.


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She should look something like this when we get done with her.

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Have you guys had any contact with the group in NH that was looking at her for so long? I know that most of their ranks are either old NIMROD crews or sons and daughters of them... they might have a lot of history to help contribute and may be a good partner in the end to make events and airshows a lot more attentive to her history.

Great job getting things going... what positive movement!

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We haven't yet, Ryan. We've all been incredibly busy with all of this over the past few weeks, but we fully intend to get in touch with the A26 Legacy Foundation and work with them to learn as much as we can about the Nimrods and the airplanes.


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Check out Warbird Radio's interview with Steve Swift (AKflyer) on the B-26K tomorrow at 10am Eastern (or right now if you're a subscriber)! http://www.warbirdradio.com/. 8)

Good job on the interview Steve! (not too many "ya'll's" or "uhh's"!) :lol:

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PostPosted: Fri Jan 22, 2010 4:13 am 
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You guys going for an authentic SEA flat camo scheme, right? Surely there are enough photos and data available to do her justice! Mike Schloss certainly has the FS paint numbers.

http://pimaair.org/collection-detail.php?cid=79

http://www.coastcomp.com/av/florence/florandy.htm

http://photos.military.com/gallery/2905 ... 9126_KqKpq

http://www.nationalmuseum.af.mil/factsh ... p?fsID=301

http://www.a-26legacy.org/locations.htm


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PostPosted: Sat Jan 23, 2010 9:16 pm 
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As promised, Steve and Pat fired up the B-26K today and did an engine run and did a short taxi with it. Here are some pictures of the engine run.

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3 people in a cockpit built for two :shock:
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We spent the rest of the day cleaning out space in the north hangar to move some airplanes over there to make room in the south hangar for the B-26. Hopefully she'll be inside and work will start by next week.

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Guys,
it looks like you have found a real "diamond" !
We will watch the restoration of this unique bird from the other side of the atlantic !!!
Lucky we have WIX !!!!!!

Wishing you good luck on the project from Holland...

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An outstanding set of photos. Thanks for keeping us in the know.

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