Thanks for the kind words and the great radio. I will take a photo of your transmitter installed in the Harpoon. It is beautiful! I am sorry I missed you at the shop, Tower Park and at Half Moon Bay. I was a bit busy flying at Half Moon Bay that day but I am sure you were in good hands with Ken.
Good progress continues on the old gal. Lots of work recently especially today. I will begin with what happened shortly after the last post namely the instrument panel was installed. Here is a shot from behind the panel after all of the new hoses were fabricated and installed. Yes-the short instrument screws will be replaced with longer ones...I heard you muttering!
I love the old tools and equipment and installing a whole lot of new and untested instruments in the panel provides a good excuse to break out the Navy instrument test set. Its a great piece of equipment from the late 40's/early fifties.
This unit creates pressure and vacuum to test many different instruments. Here is the airspeed indicator on the pilots side under pitot pressure test. Two of these Navy air speeds failed at 225 and 240 knots with the same horrible "bink" sound. Thankfully this one passed nicely. Did you see the missing screw? its been installed...
Gotta love the Munsell green marking on the Navy instrument faces. We still need more of these correct instruments to make the panel more authentic so if you know where any might be please let me know. Two 3 in 1's (oil temp, oil pressure and fuel pressure), cyl head temp, Electric turn and bank, another correct airspeed etc.
Here are the static instruments climbing at 3000 feet per minute and just about to 10,000 feet.
Normally when you see 52 inches on the manifold pressure gage its really loud which is why my hearing is not so good
Most all of the instruments checked out and only a few had to be replaced. On to the next project.
The panel that was in the Harpoon when we acquired it was modified and modernized. The starter and primer switches, lights and various controls were relocated. Putting the stock panel back in was straight forward but there were many mods to undo.
A new sub panel from under the copilots panel had to be fabricated. The old one was cut up and covered over with a piece of sheet aluminum. When removed a lot of the original lettering was still present but the whole bomb bay indicator light and control switch area was hacked out.
Here is the new sub panel being laid out and built
Turned out pretty good
Cade spent some time on cleaning and fixing up the throttle stand. Interesting color on the controls. Red throttles, gear handle and bomb bay doors with the rest simply black. I took liberty and deviated from the black flap handle and painted it yellow so I can find it easier when looking down.
Needed some better prop feathering buttons/switches so after checking the computer inventory it was off to one of the parts walls to pull them from one of the bin boxes.
New old stock parts going to a good home
Well its Bomber Camp week and the gang from Arizona showed up. Several of these great guys are WIX members who regularly post here. They always pitch in and help out like crazy on what ever needs doing and are happy to do so.
We had a flight scheduled today for a Memorial day fly over of festivities in Manteca so we were cranking up the work to get the PV-2 all back together to make the flight. That meant finishing up the glass, cleaning up the wiring and a tons of other little projects. Here are the guys doing just that
Another cool event that we are doing is a fund raiser for the museum called Torpedo Camp. Similar to Bomber Camp but only one day in length but it promises to be action packed. we will fly a mock Harpoon mission with the crew participating heavily in the navigation, Radio, radar and gunnery roles. What is special is that the day we are flying for Torpedo Camo is also the day that all of the WWII and other vintage ships with operating radio rooms from around the world are going to talk to each other on a common frequency. We are going to participate in this event by broadcasting from the PV-2 while in flight. I will get the ART-13 transmitter up and running but we are also using a modern radio to check and monitor the WWII gear.
In order to make this happen it is time to rig up the long wire antennas on the top of the Harpoon. I don't have the correct Navy braided antenna wire so I used the Army style solid type until I procure the correct material. Here are Bill and Scott rigging up the antennas that run from the AN-104 VHF mast to the top of the vertical stabilizers
The guys also installed the new sub panel
The new sub panel and glass complete with finger prints
The new cockpit being tested out today. Do you like our highly sophisticated comm radio? normal modern avionics to be installed later...
Those Arizona guys are something else!
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