Richard

Our Zero and its History – Part I

A wartime image of a Mitsubishi A6M3 Model 32 in flight. Except for the tail markings and some of those on the fuselage, the Museum’s Zero would have looked remarkably…
Read More

Fuel Truck – Engine Installed!

Rebuild Overview: The team at Mil-Spec Restoration has been hard at work on the restoration of the Museum’s GMC CCKW Fuel truck. Their efforts this month focused on the engine,…
Read More

SBD Dauntless – Trailing Edge Spar Removal and Restoration

Having drilled out the attaching rivets, Craig Cunha (left) and Stephen Fox (right) begin lifting the trailing edge spar (No.5) from the SBD’s wing center section. (image via Pioneer Aero…
Read More

SBD Dauntless – New Trailing Edge Wing Skins

Trial-fitting newly-manufactured skins for the SBD’s wing center section to the flap bay and the lower trailing edge. (image via Pioneer Aero Ltd.) Wing Center Section Progress: In recent months,…
Read More

SBD Dauntless – Wing Leading Edge Update

An image of the Museum’s Dauntless during its recovery in September 1994. Note the severely crushed wing leading edges. (image via A&T Recovery) Center Section Wing Leading Edges: Back in…
Read More

SBD Dauntless – Center Section Skin Panel Rebuild

A view of the SBD’s wing center section from December 2023 showing the skin panel between Spar Web Nos.2 & 3 still in place. This is the panel assembly immediately…
Read More

SBD Dauntless – Tail Fin Reassembly Update

The fin’s leading edge, primer painted and riveted together, is trial-fitted to the fuselage to ensure its proper alignment . (image via Pioneer Aero Ltd.) Fin Reassembly Continues: SBD Update…
Read More

SBD Dauntless – Engine Cowls Complete!

An interior view of the SBD’s “anti-drag cowling” assembly as depicted in Section 15, page 6 of the U.S. Army Air Corps Airplane Parts Catalog for the A-24 Banshee (a…
Read More

SBD Dauntless – Flap Bay Repairs

An image from the SBD’s Illustrated Parts Manual showing the internal, trailing-edge structure for the SBD’s wing center section. The flap bay is at the far left, showing the rear…
Read More

SBD Dauntless – Wing Root Fairing Repairs

An image from the SBD’s Illustrated Parts Manual which shows the right side of the aircraft’s lower fuselage. The wing root fairings include the skin panels 3/4, 29/30, 7/8 and…
Read More