Restoration

SBD Dauntless – Tail Fin Reassembly Begins

The SBD’s upper rear fuselage in its jig. The team used this as a template for reassembling the restored fin components, to ensure they each went in the correct position.…
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SBD Dauntless – Engine Cowl Update

This is how the upper segment for the SBD’s anti-drag ring cowling appeared in mid-October, 2023. Restoration of this subassembly is now almost complete, as is one of the two…
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Our Hawker Hurricane’s History – Part II

Our Hawker Hurricane basking in the midday light last November. (image by Richard Mallory Allnutt) CanCar Can Do! by Richard Mallory Allnutt In our first article, we described how Canadian…
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SBD Dauntless – Center Section Skin Removal

This is the aft fairing for the central ordnance mount which sits between spars No.3 and 5 on the lower side of the SBD’s wing center section. Pioneer Aero’s Craig…
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SBD Dauntless – Flap Bay Removal

The SBD’s wing center section in its jig prior to the flap bay’s removal. The flap bay runs from the wing trailing edge to Spar No.5, which is essentially the…
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SBD Dauntless – Tail Fin Parts Restoration

This is an original rib from our SBD’s fin following refurbishing. Pioneer bead-blasted the component to remove the dirt, old paint and minor corrosion and then carefully worked out the…
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Fuel Truck – Engine Reassembly Underway!

The once-dilapidated state of our Fuel Truck’s GMC 270 straight-six engine before its restoration began. (photo via Mil-Spec Restoration) Progress in December: When last we visited our CCKW 353 Fuel…
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Our Hawker Hurricane’s History – Part I

The Military Aviation Museum’s Hawker Hurricane Mk.XII and Supermarine Spitfire Mk.IX sitting outside the main hangar in the autumn sunshine. (photo by Richard Mallory Allnutt) Our ‘Hurri’: by Richard Mallory…
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SBD Dauntless – Gunner’s Cockpit Floor Restoration

The structure for the gunner’s cockpit floor following its removal from the fuselage during September, 2023. (image via Pioneer Aero Ltd.) Floor Disassembly: Back in September, Pioneer Aero’s restoration team…
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SBD Dauntless – Tail Fin Restoration Progress

This image shows the SBD’s tail fin part way through the skin-removal process. The underlying structure shows signs of significant corrosion. (photo via Pioneer Aero Ltd.) Salvageable Fin Parts: Back…
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