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Classic Wings Magazine Luftwaffe Resource Center WWII Naval Aviation Research Pacific
Final Cut-The Post War B-17 Flying Fortress and Survivors - 5th Edition


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PostPosted: Mon Oct 11, 2010 12:26 am 
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Here are a bunch of pictures of an ex RCAF Beech 3NM Expeditor that we recently finished for a customer. We built her to the customers specifications which is purely custom as you can see. All of us here at Vintage Aircraft sure are proud about how she turned out.

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Here are a few before, during and after photos:

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Cabin

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Out with the old...

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The cockpit and cabin floorboards were made from the same balsa core built up laminate just like the originals. They are light and yet very strong just like Beech designed them to be. We found a linoleum that matched the original terracotta color that the factory used.

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Too bad they were covered up with carpet!

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The owner, his Chief Pilot and I flew the beech to it's new home in Switzerland. It was quite the trip.

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I will post photos of the trip later but here is a shot of the beech joining her sister ship in Switzerland. The owner wanted this second Beech to match the one he already had. He thought it would be impossible for us to come close as he was pretty fond of his first Beech. When he came to get his new Beech he soon found out that this Beech far surpassed the first one. He is almost as proud of her as we are!

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Thanks go to Roger Cain and Jim Dunn for their awesome air to air photos. Jerry Anderson was the pilot of our photo Beech and as usual he did a masterful job. Thanks guys!

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All donations are tax deductible as the Stockton Field Aviation Museum is a 501c3 nonprofit organization. Tell a friend as the Harpoon needs all the help she can get.

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PostPosted: Mon Oct 11, 2010 1:05 am 
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Wow.

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I'll see Scott's "Wow" and raise him one. That's more high tech than the MD-80 I fly!

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PostPosted: Mon Oct 11, 2010 5:46 am 
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Third pic is very very nice, very good photographer you have !


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taigh, there has been a field queen / bird condo beech 18 here in wakeman for years. former ortner air service bird. it would be great to hook you up w/ the owner. he also has 2 fuselage carcasses in the weeds in usaf markings. i've done some recon work in the past, & he could come around.

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HOLY COW !!! that is nice. well done


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Bravo and Well Done! Great job on the plane and nice set of pics to keep us entertained! Looks better than factory finish!

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Bee-you-tee-full. :D

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Some insights into "Hopping the Pond" would be cool if you wish to share with us, that is an adventure in and of itself. BTW, how well does a loaded Twin Beech fly if an engine should "go away"? The North Atlantic is cold!!!

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I can't think of anything but Wow as well. Just beautiful.

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Superb! Really enjoy the before and after pics. Thanks!


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PostPosted: Mon Oct 11, 2010 12:35 pm 
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Great work.

Glad to see more of these being restored and flowm.

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And the skin work was a story in it's self. Belly anyone?

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That is spectacular!!! What a great restoration job!

I don't know what else to say, my jaw is still hanging open.

Congrats to you and your team on a job well done.

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Great stuff Taigh. Maybe someday we'll get our spar fixed and get ours back in the air too.

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