Restoration

Fuel Truck – Cab Rebuild Begins!

A 2022 view of the Fuel Truck’s cab being raised off the chassis when Mil-Spec’s technician’s disassembled the vehicle to begin their restoration efforts. (image via Mil-Spec Vehicle Restoration) The…
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SBD Dauntless – Parachute Flare Canisters

An image from August 2023 during the fuselage teardown which reveals the two parachute flare canisters when they were still in situ, as seen through the baggage hatch. Note the…
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SBD Dauntless – Center Section Leading Edges Update

The righthand center section leading edge in its “Dinosaur Bones” jig, looking inboard. The nose spar has been drilled off against the skin, and the ribs which sit between the…
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SBD Dauntless – Upper Fuselage Frame Repairs

Fuselage frames are going back into the upper rear fuselage jig. Here we can see Frame #9 through #14, with Frame #9 at image left. Frames #9 through #12 have…
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SBD Dauntless – Center Flap Progress

A newly fabricated center wing flap rib with an original doubler fitted over the spar cut out. (image via Pioneer Aero Ltd.) Center Flap Progress: Jayden Malloy has continued to…
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SBD Dauntless – Topside Wing Center Section Restoration

The topside wing center section skin lying between Spars #3 and #5 prior to its removal. The triple row of rivets towards the bottom of the image marks where the…
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Pocket Rocket: the Culver PQ-14 Cadet and its Mission

The US Navy received nearly 1,200 Culver PQ-14 Cadets from Army Air Forces stocks, redubbing the aircraft as the TD2C-1 Turkey. This wartime image shows TD2C-1 BuNo.69547 scud-running with a…
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What’s in a Name? How the Zero Gained its Handle

The Museum’s A6M3 Model 32 Zero basking in the sunshine on the ramp outside the Legend Flyers workshop at Paine Field in Everett, Washington during September, 2022. Note the row…
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SBD Dauntless – Inboard Leading Edges Advance!

The ribs and stringers for the righthand leading edge forward of the nose spar. Primer-painted, they are ready for fitting. (image via Pioneer Aero Ltd.) Riveting the Leading Edge: Pioneer…
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SBD Dauntless – Restoration of Center Wing Spar #4

Rebuilding Spar #4: In a similar fashion to Spar #5, which we covered HERE, Pioneer’s Craig Cunha and a colleague carefully removed Spar #4 from the wing center section structure.…
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