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17 October 2016
The Beech 18 is now flying on a regular basis; we have had to chase down the normal minor issues following a restoration. It has attended a number of flying events: the Sweetwater WASP fly-in and the CAF airshow in Midland to name a few. The L-2, PT-26, Ki-51, AT-19 and T-6 are also all in annual and flying regularly, but the AT-19 seems to have a sticky valve that we need to look into. The Stinson 10A languished in the corner for a while but we are now back working on it, with the fuel system completely installed and the electrical system nearly complete. The engine now turns over, we are working to finish the ignition system and brakes, then we will go back to finish painting it as a CAP aircraft. The museum's next project is over in the corner, a PT-17 Stearman that is planned for completion as a mid-war Tuskegee Primary Trainer. Additionally, the 1945 Willys Jeep has been dismantled for restoration with the frame straightened and the correct bumpers installed. The frame is now ready to be sand-blasted and painted.
Work has continued on stripping the F9F for its new paint job, and of course the yard work has kept us busy. A new Bessie Coleman display went up this summer; she was truly an interesting and remarkable person! Charlie Screws brought his extended family by to see the display of his P-47 vertical tail and they were all very moved to see the display honoring him.
We have been very lucky to have even more young members join in the past couple months and they continue to inspire our older volunteers. Matt Auld was one of the most recent ones to join and he also sponsored the L-2, immediately beginning his check-out in it and working on his tail wheel endorsement. Jamie Mills has sponsored the Beech 18 and began her checkout in it this past weekend.
26 April 2016
The Beech 18 and the T-6 are undergoing their annuals, both should be signed off the first of May. The Beech 18 has been a long time consuming affair, our thanks to Mike Bryant for leading the way on this, we are looking forward to seeing it in the air soon! The L-2, PT-26, Ki-51 and AT-19 have all completed their annuals and are flying regularly. The Stinson 10A has languished in the corner while we were working on the annuals, but we expect to be back at work on in in the middle of May, with a plan to complete the project this fall. The Texas Air Museum plans to send 2 museum aircraft down to the Brady fly-in on May 23, along with the T-34. There are a few open seats for the trip, so let Malcolm or Mike Delano know if you are interested. Work has continued on stripping the F9F for a new paint job and of course the yard work has started.
We have had a number of new members join in the past couple months, are they are making their presence felt. Rio and Damen Wagley both joined, Rio has been a great help to Mike Bryant on the Beechcraft. Archie Ervin has been working with Ashley Churchill to get current again so that he can get started in the L-2. Ashley continues to bring out Texas Tech students like Travis McCluskey who while not having joined the museum dive in and help where ever possible. This has lead to an interesting and diverse group of volunteers working every weekend, and as the weather improves, I look forward to meeting even more new volunteers!
12 February 2016
We have been exceptionally busy since the airshow. We completely cleaned out the maintenance hangar and had it insulated. This has made a bigger difference than we ever expected in making it comfortable to work in this winter. We have also had the south fence line completely replaced and added a large gate for better access. Air conditioning is being arranged for the middle and front display buildings which will include upgrades to both heating units.
We are still working to get the P-47 display completed, and have upgraded a number of other displays with new artifacts that have been donated. One complete WW II German dress uniform from a well know pilot was donated, we are working on designing a proper display for it.
The Beech 18 and the AT-19 are undergoing their annuals. The PT-19 and T-6 are due in March and April respectively and both are currently flying. The L-2 and Sonia have both completed their annuals and are back flying. The Stinson 10A has had the wings attached permanently, aileron cables fitted, flap cables fitted and the instrument panel installed.
A number of new members have been making their presence felt: Ashley Churchill has set up an Instagram account for the museum. She has also been bringing out Texas Tech students when she comes out on Saturdays who have continued to come out on their own and have been a great help. David Ryan has been coming out during the week and completing small projects, allowing us to move forward on other things. Thanks again to all our volunteers! Without them we would not exist.
06 July 2015
The South Plains Air Show was an outstanding success! Attendance was the best ever, the weather was perfect and the performers were top notch. A huge thank you to all the volunteers and people who came out to watch the show. We had some special visitors this time, Gene and Linda Irvin came out from Casa Grande to watch the show and check up on the PT-19 that they donated last year. They decided after seeing everything that it was in the right place.
The Beech 18 propellers have been returned after the AD check, we are hoping to have it in annual in time to take it down to Midland for the High Sky Wing Air Show in late August. The PT-19 has had the left mag pulled and sent off for rebuild, we had noticed that it was a little weak the last few times it was flown.
The T-6, At-19, L-2 and Sonia are all in annual and flying regularly. David Ryan has begun to transition up into the Sonia and Jon Fleming is about to begin in the AT-19. The TV for the 8th Air Force display should be purchased soon and the Plexiglas for the P-47 display has been ordered. Several building upgrades are under consideration along with some additional fencing.
Texas Air Museum and its members own several historical aircraft which are maintained and flown regularly. In addition, the Museum is fortunate to have many static displays of military jets and other transport vehicles either owned by or on loan to the Museum. The Museum and its members are also actively involved in restoring historical aircraft to flying status or display quality. Browse through our gallery to see a glimpse of what the Texas Air Museum has to offer.
05 March 2015
The Texas Air Museum would first like to thank Ray and Mark Lee of Plainview for the donation of an airworthy 1955 Beech E18S, freshly painted as a 1955 corporate aircraft. Mike Bryant will be the lead on completing its annual and flying it to Slaton. This aircraft is a true classic and is a wonderful addition to the Museum. We truly appreciate his generosity and look forward to taking it to many local airshows.
We would also like to thank Mr. Mike Fuller of Malibu, California for his donation of the intact vertical tail fin of a P-47D that was recovered from Germany. With his help, we were able to reunite the tail with the pilot of the plane, which was shot down and bellied in on January 29, 1944. Col. Charlie Screws (Retired) of Abilene, Texas was able to see the tail and provide the complete story of how he was shot down and evaded the Germans in France. Col. Screws signed the tail and a display case is being constructed for it.
The T-6 is now back on the flight line with no issues. The L-2 has completed its annual and the PT-26 is undergoing its annual.
The F-14 has been moved up onto its pads. The stripping of the F9F has begun, but since it is outside the weather has continued to be a major factor on the slow progress. This winter has been far colder than normal and has hindered most efforts to work outside.
The 1/32 scale Eighth Air Force display case has been completed and the diorama is stunning. The work progresses on the wall and photo display. Other displays have been moved or placed in storage to accommodate the expanded display.
The South Plains Air Show has been set for June 6, 2015 and we have already booked in a P-51 and Kyle Franklin. Fund raising continues so that we can invite more acts and put on the quality of show that the community has come to expect.
01 December 2014
The T-6 engine was evaluated and repaired by Covington Engines and returned to the museum in early November. The engine was reinstalled and test run, followed by a test flight after the annual was signed off. A second test flight will be conducted after we address one minor issued noted with the hydraulics on the first flight.
The Stinson 10A wings were installed and the instrument panel installed. The flight and engine instruments are in the process of being hooked up, then the glare shield and windscreen can be final installed. Flaps and ailerons have a first coat of red dope on them, but they are not yet ready to install.
Annual inspections are in line for the rest of the museum aircraft. We are trying to have all the annuals conducted during the winter to minimize the down time during the air show season.
The F-14 pads were poured and have now cured out; the engineer requested a 3-4 week cure time due to the volume of concrete poured into each pad. In the coming weeks we will pull it forward 3 feet up on to the new pads and begin securing it to them. The stripping of the F9F has begun, but since it is outside the weather has been a major factor on the progress. A concrete pad was also poured for the concrete picnic table and benches which were donated; they have been installed on the pad located between the A-7 and T-2.
The 1/32 scale Eighth Air Force display received a $5000 restricted donation which has allowed us to build the 6' by 6' display case and will let us display all the bomb strike photos in a digital format within a full size diorama. Several other displays will be moved, placed in storage or downsized to accommodate the expanded display in the next month as the diorama is developed and constructed.
David Ryan has continued to build his tail wheel time in the L-2 when he is not helping with projects and is looking forward to moving up to the PT-26 and Sonia. A new volunteer, David Bucks, has been giving all the projects a hand and has been a great help, our thanks to him for all the hard work.
10 September 2014
The T-6 engine has been evaluated by Covington and they have begun the repairs required. We expect it to be back in 2-3 weeks, but not in time for the T-6 to go to the Ranger Airshow. The AT-19, PT-26 and Ki-51 are planning to attend the show on October 4th in Ranger, Texas.
David Ryan has completed his checkout in the L-2 and both he and Jon Fleming took the L-2 to the Plains Fly-in on August 30th. Malcolm and Vicki Laing took the AT-19 to the fly-in at the same time.
The Stinson 10a wings and lift struts have been painted and will be installed in the next few weeks, now that the interior head liner is complete. The C-45 has languished while we worked on the Stinson 10a, but we will get back to it soon.
The F-14 has had holes dug for a new set of concrete pads so that we can properly get it onto stands. We expect to have the pads framed up and concrete poured by mid- October. We are also in the process of getting a new paint scheme for the F-14 approved by the Navy, we are planning to back into the “Jolly Rogers” scheme, if approved. The paint job will be quite expensive, so we are beginning to put funds back to cover the cost. We are also beginning to strip the F9F so that it can go back into the same scheme but with a better quality of paint that will last longer. The 1/32 scale B-17 and airfield display models are ready, we are working to get a proper cover for the 6 foot by 5 foot display case we will need to construct to house it all.
The mowing, tree trimming and yard work is looking quite good, thanks to all that have helped with the effort! We are still trying to locate aged wood for the Flak 88 backdrop, please let us know if you know of any that can be acquired.
21 July 2014
The T-6 was nearing the end of its annual inspection when we discovered an engine problem, which required us to remove the engine for repairs. It will be sent to Covington Engines in Oklahoma this week. We are hoping that we can get it back within the next 6 weeks.
David Ryan has almost completed his checkout in the L-2, we are looking forward to another tail wheel pilot on the list of approved pilots. The AT-19 completed it’s annual last month and has been flying to support the museum goals over the past few weekends, which included the T-34, T-28, AT-19 and the PT-26 all attending the Snyder Airshow.
The Stinson 10a lift struts and wings are still waiting for paint, we have not had the room to spread them out and paint them yet. The C-45 has had additional parts stripped and prepped for paint in the past weeks.
We of course have been mowing and keeping the grounds clean and touching up the paint on the outside displays. We plan to continue work on preparing the Stinson 10a wings for installation and wiring the starter system in to it along with reinstalling the T-6 engine when it returns.
15 April 2014
The PLAYDAY on April 12, 2014 was great fun. We had visitors from both the CAF and the Silent Wings Museums. They, along with volunteers and their spouses all received rides if they wanted one. The T-6, PT-26 and Ki-51 were kept busy, many thanks to Randy Moore and Jon Fleming for giving the rides. The L-2 did not fly due to the winds being a little high for it to fly comfortably. Hamburgers, beans and chips were had by all. If you missed this one, we are sure to do it again soon.
The Korean War/Viet Nam War displays in the middle building are receiving a lot of praise from visitors. Thanks again to all who helped get it ready!
Jon Fleming completed his checkout in the PT-26 and was giving rides during the Playday. The concrete pad for the Flak 88 was completed and looks wonderful, we now need to locate some weathered wood for the backdrop.
The Stinson 10a lift struts are waiting for paint and the T-6 had the encoder wired in. The AT-19 is still waiting on a replacement cable to complete its annual inspection, and no work was completed on the C-45 due to the final cleanup on the minor flood in the BOQ. After we dried out the BOQ we decided to reorganize the office and this took the next three weekends. It was well worth the effort and looks much more functional.
On the horizon are a spring cleanup of the museum grounds and the first of many grass mowing opportunities. We plan to continue work on preparing the Stinson 10a wings for installation and wiring the starter system in.
12 March 2014
As a thank you to the dedicated volunteers a PLAYDAY is scheduled for April 12, 2014. Hamburgers will be cooked and weather allowing, the museum airplanes will be giving rides to the volunteers.
The Korean War/Viet Nam War displays in the middle building are now complete and the building is open for visitors. Thanks to all who helped get it ready!
David Ryan continues to work on his tail wheel rating and Jon Fleming has begun his checkout in the PT-26.
The Stinson 10a has had the lift struts stripped of paint, along with the wing slats. They will be painted first so that when the wings have been painted they can be immediately installed.
The C-45 needs to have a jack point made so that the landing gear can be removed and the overhauled gear installed. The T-6 is still waiting for the wing attach fairings and the encoder to be wired in.
The AT-19 is waiting on a replacement cable to complete its annual inspection, this should be installed before March 15, 2014.
We had a minor flood in the BOQ when a pipe broke during the cold weather. Mike Delano and Ned Shannon along with Malcolm Laing got the leak stopped and began cleanup. The following weekend it was an all hands event to get things cleaned up and dried out. Thanks to all who were able to come out and help.
5 February 2014
The weather has been up and down, with several weekends in a row being too cold to work on the aircraft, so we have been working on completing the Korean War/Viet Nam War displays in the middle building when the weather is bad. We expect to complete the displays by mid-February.
I need to welcome to our newest life member, David Ryan. David is a private pilot and has sponsored the L-2, and since it has completed its annual inspection, his tail wheel training has begun.
The T-6 is scheduled for paint in April if we can finish up a few minor issues. The Stinson 10a has had the fuel lines installed and some of the electrical system is now in place. The wings have now been removed for paint.
The C-45 has the right firewall completely cleaned and work has begun in the cockpit. The second engine should be purchased by March 1, giving us two engines ready for overhaul. The PT-26 completed its annual with no issues and is in flight status. Mike Delano and Brian Laing have completed their checkouts and Randy Moore is almost finished.
The AT-19 is now down for its annual, which we hope to complete by mid-February.
The new hanger and storage area are complete and the storage area has been utilized to get all the aircraft parts and airshow equipment into one location. The hangar portion belongs to Larry Neal and will house some of his aircraft. The new building makes an excellent backdrop to the A-7, giving the entire compound a new look.
The fence repairs from the windstorm just before the airshow have been completed with all damaged poles being replaced and new fencing put in place. All in all, things around the museum are looking very good, thanks to the dedicated volunteers. A big thanks to all of you who have shown up to keep the progress at a steady pace!
11 November 2013
The PT-26 safely arrived at the Museum on October 24, 2013, being flown in on a ferry permit from Casa Grande, AZ. Mike Delano, Ned Shannon and Malcolm Laing made the trip over with the Museum truck and trailer to Casa Grande to inspect the aircraft and determine the best way to get it to its new home safely. Linda and Gene Irvin were exceptional hosts for the crew during their stay and after a full day of inspection it was determined by Dave Goss of Gosshawk Unlimited that it was safe to be ferried back to Slaton. With Malcolm Laing flying the PT-26 and Mike Delano and Ned Shannon shadowing as closely as possible along the ground, the airplane is now safely in Slaton and will undergo a complete annual inspection.
14 October 2013
First I need to welcome to our two newest life members, Robert "Gene" Irvin and his wife Linda Irvin. I also get to thank them for their generous donation of a Fairchild PT-26, which is currently located in Casa Grande, AZ. It is painted in RAF colors, as it served in Canada during the war, in both No. 33 and No. 23 training squadrons. As you can guess, this means "Road Trip" to inspect it and arrange for either an annual or to truck it back. It was flying 2 years ago so we do not expect any problems, but we have learnt over the years not to assume anything. (Special thanks to Jack McGorray for use of his photograph of our new plane)
The T-6 has had several hours of test flight time with no major issues reported. We still have a few small items to finish, but those do not keep it from flying.
The Stinson 10a has had the front windscreen fitted, engine final mounted and we are working on the interior headliner and floors. Stripping the 7 layers of paint on the slats and fairings had been time consuming for the volunteers, but they look good when completed. Thanks to Jon Fleming and Randy Moore for their work on it.
The C-45 has had the DF loop test fitted and wiring in the aft fuselage and cabin area has begun. Cleaning the firewalls and tubing on the right side nacelle is underway, one good engine core has been purchased, it can be test fitted to assure the plumbing all goes in the correct location. One of the new volunteers, David Ryan, has been instrumental in getting the hangar cleaned up so that the C-45 parts can be located and laid out for cleaning.
Museum Members have attended several local airshows with the AT-19 and the Sonia having great crowd appeal. Thanks to Mike Delano and Randy Moore for flying them to them to the shows and giving tours.
Jon Fleming got recurrent in the L-2, but it is now down for its annual.
A big thank you needs to go out to Matthews Backhoe for the work they donated to remove the old concrete leanto floor. Corky Matthews who is one of the founding members and his crew were in and out in one afternoon, clearing the way for the new hanger and storage area that will now begin construction.
The fence repairs from the windstorm just before the airshow have begun, with the damaged poles being replaced and new fencing put in place. The north fence has been completed and the southwest fence area is waiting on the new hangar to be built so that the fence can but up against it.
Several other new volunteers, Brent Marshall and his daughter Gabby along with Richard Crawford have been a great help keeping the grounds and displays neat and well groomed this summer, without their help would not be looking as good for visitors as we should.
The Museum crew cab truck also has a new look following the windstorm. It was heavily damaged by a runaway cotton trailer and other debris but it has been repaired and a flatbed put on the back for more practical use. It also has the museum logo on the doors and looks sharp.
28 August 2013
It is with great sadness the Texas Air Museum has to report the loss of another member. Tex Edwards, a longtime warbird and cropduster pilot, was killed in a car accident Monday evening, August 26, 2013, while driving home. Our thoughts and prayers go out to his family and his friends across the country.
10 June 2013
I just want to send out a quick note about the air show to bring everyone up to date. The weather was near perfect, partly cloudy skies, 88 degrees with a breeze straight down the runway at 10-15 miles per hour. OUTSTANDING! Was the word heard from almost every person I visited with following the best attended show we have ever had. To Jason Newberg -Viper air shows, the jet car "Ms. Dmeaner" and the surprising motorcycle act, Bob Carlton, Tora, Scott Lane and Jeff Southern, the support of the Yellow Rose B-25 Squadron, High Sky Wing, and Dewline Squadron of the CAF, Tex Edwards and friends, Ramar Communications and Neal Aircraft, our other donors, the museum volunteers and I am sure several others that I have forgotten, THANKS for making it a great success.
On the Thursday night before the airshow the museum and the City of Slaton were subjected to winds exceeding 85 MPH as a large thunderstorm complex moved thru the area. Several hangers and buildings on the field suffered wind damage and the museum was no exception. The hanger doors on the flight hanger were blown in, causing no damage to the aircraft, but bending the upper support rails and damaging the doors themselves. Numerous volunteers spent the entire day working to clean up the debris and get the doors were they were serviceable, (we will have to get them properly repaired as soon as possible) and would not fall down during the show. Then, Friday night another large thunderstorm moved into the area and we all had to scramble to get the visiting aircraft under cover. We used every available spot on the airport and were able to provide hangar space for them all. (See the photo of "Yellow Rose" in the flight hanger) Several volunteers wanted to break the doors again so that we could keep her in Slaton, but were talked out of it. Our thanks to everyone that helped that night and lent us their unused hangar space.
Estimated attendance for the show was the best we ever have had (just under 9,000), which stretched our PA system past its limit. The Lubbock County Sheriffs that we had helping did a great job keeping traffic going as did the ladies taking the entrance fees, keeping the lines short and moving smoothly. The vendors were very happy, with three of them selling out of food. The visitors were great to, the trash after the air show was minimal, the only complaints being that some people on the south end could not hear the PA system.
It was really great to see so many T-6's on our ramp at one time! Our recently finished T-6 was on display and we had numerous complements on the quality of the interior restoration. We will send it for paint when we are sure we have everything just right.
22 April 2013
The T-6 has had one test flight with the gear retracted (See the attached photos of the flight.) and we are working our way thru the short squawk list. The Stinson 10-A has had the engine mounted and the wings mounted for a test fit, we will leave them on until after air show.
Air show meetings are now weekly until after the show, at 3 pm every Saturday. On April 27, we will have a burger and bean cookout before the meeting, please come!
See the attached poster below for air show details!
06 April 2013
We dotted the last "i" and crossed the last "t", and the T-6 is in annual! So, before the airshow meeting, with both Chris and Jamie Mills in attendance (they made a very pleasant surprise appearance!), the T-6 made its first flight since 1986, when a previous owner bellied it in with an engine failure. (See the attached photos of the flight.) The landing gear were left down for the first flight on purpose as a safety precaution. The T-6 will be finished in Navy colors after a few hours of shake-down flights. This will complete the 7 year total restoration of the T-6, as it is now airworthy. Stay tuned for 2013 airshow details!
19 March 2013
The Texas Air Museum regrets to announce that long time member and volunteer Jim Davis passed away today March 19, 2013, after a short illness following a stroke. Jim will be greatly missed, he was one of the original 10 members that opened the Texas Air Museum - Caprock Chapter in 1993. The Museum would not be what it is today without his help and guidance.
16 March 2013
We buttoned up the T-6 completely for the first time and checked the brakes one last time. The airplane then was taxied down to the end of runway 36 and successfully completed two high speed taxi tests (See the attached photos) The inspector has completed the inspection and is finishing the paperwork so that the first flight since 1986 should occur later this month. The T-6 will be finished in Navy colors after a few hours of shake down flights. This will complete the 7 year total restoration of the T-6 as it becomes the newest addition to the flying fleet.
The Stinson 10A will now be moved to center stage in the restoration hangar and work will commence to paint the wings, mount the overhauled engine and fit the interior.
Two P&W 985 engines have been located for the C-45, but we are still looking for two propellers. Only minor progress to report on the C-45, as the T-6 and center hangar have consumed most of the volunteers time for the past nine months.
The T-33 will receive the marking of the T-33 that Col. Jim Gibler flew as a Lt. in the Air Force T-33 demo team. Weather has been the only reason that this has not already been completed. The Air Force ROTC Cadets from Texas Tech have cleaned and begun to repaint the F-105, again weather has hampered our outside activities.
The last nine months have seen numerous volunteers and over a thousand hours spent in the middle building cleaning it up and preparing Korean War and Vietnam War displays. The final displays should be complete in the next few weeks and the only word I can use is stunning. It will be reopen well before the Airshow on June 8. Many thanks to the volunteers, Randy Moore, Chris Whiting, Mike Peterson, Brian Laing, Mike Delano, Dustin Delano, Steve Oldham, Mike Toney, Mark Hamilton, James Clark and anyone else that I missed.
Randy Moore also planned and completed the corner display in the main flight hangar which serves as a back drop for the Me-108 on display. Great job!
As noted earlier the weather, between funky winds or cold and snow, has been a little strange and has kept us from getting the aircraft out as often as we would like.
Airshow meeting are now every two weeks, the next meeting is March 23. Last meeting discussed fire and rescue, funding and pyro. Job assignments, parking and traffic control are on the schedule for the next meeting. As always, we encourage everyone to attend the meetings and help us continue our history of fun and safe airshows.
26 October 2012
We had a great turnout on Saturday, October 20, 2012 when the T-6 ran up and taxied down to the fuel pumps. What a difference it makes to see it moving under its own power! (See the attached photos) The flaps were checked and so was the prop, which both worked correctly, except the pressure gauge on the hydraulic system did not work. The brakes were a bit sticky so they will have to be inspected and adjusted, then we will be ready to have an inspector look it over for the annual, make any final adjustments and we will begin to close it up for flight. When the T-6 is finished and flying, it will be repainted in Navy colors.
The Stinson 10A wings were moved out of storage and inspected, along with getting the headliner and sound proofing material for the boot cowl.
The T-33 received a much needed facelift over the past 2 months with the help of numerous volunteers and the CAP and looks much better, thanks to all who participated. The Air Force ROTC Cadets from Texas Tech have begun to clean and repaint the F-105.
The past three months have seen numerous volunteers and hundreds of hours spent in the middle building cleaning it up and preparing Korean War and Vietnam War displays. While it is still in progress, many thanks to the volunteers, Randy Moore (who has done a fantastic job on the Quonset hut display), Chris Whiting, Mike Peterson, Brian Laing, Mike Delano, Dustin Delano, Steve Oldham, Mike Toney and anyone I missed.
A special thanks to Chris Mills needs to go out for all his work maintaining the website.
If you are out at the museum you need to stop in at the BOQ and see Mike Petersons Diorama of the B-25, it is stunning! Chris Whiting has continued to upgrade displays and the German Africa Corp display is worthy of special note.
Congratulations to Randy Moore who received his tail wheel endorsement in the L-2 last month.
22 August 2012
The Museum has set the date of the next air show as June 8, 2013. The air show meeting on July 21 had more great ideas put forward and a number of sponsors were announced. Specific areas that have been noted as issues in the past were discussed and plans laid out to address those items. The next meeting, which is on August 25, 2012 at 4 pm, will discuss the specific acts for the show and the early confirmations for some of the acts.
Volunteers Chris Whiting, Steve Oldham, Mike Peterson and Brian Laing painted short wall in the main display building for the Tirpiz display and Chris Whiting then completed the display which is awesome! The Africa Corp display was moved over to the main display building and other displays were updated.
An all hands project to paint the walls in the middle display building resulted in the main walls being finished and Volunteer Randy Moore has assembled the frame of the Quonset hut that will be on display in the Middle building. Randy and Brian Laing also headed up a tree trimming job the past few weeks that was way overdue. Thanks to both of them for their hard work.
Sandy Kimball donated a large used forklift which has already come in handy on several projects. Chris and Jamie Mills made their annual anniversary donation, which is greatly appreciated.
Construction of the storage hanger is on track to begin this fall and in preparation for it the old portable building on the southwest side of the exterior display yard was emptied and removed.
The electrical wiring on the T-6 has been completed and it has been test run a second time to check some additional instruments which were hooked up. The three bladed propeller was removed (it looked great, but the recurring AD was going to be a problem) and a freshly overhauled two bladed propeller was installed. The maywest assemblies on the leading edge have been installed and we are beginning to do the final adjustments to all the connections throughout the entire aircraft. While no date has been set for the first taxi, we are hoping for the middle of next month.
2 July 2012
UPDATE! Museum volunteers Mike Peterson, Malcolm Laing, and Brian Laing pulled the T-6 out of the hangar on Friday, June 29th and started its engine for the first time since beginning restoration. With Mike Peterson at the controls, the engine ran strong and clean for the short 5 minute test. Congratulations to everyone who has helped it get to this point!
26 June 2012
The Texas Air Museum had a great time at the bi-annual air show at Winston Field (KSNK) in Snyder, TX on June 16, 2012. A large number of warbirds were on the ramp, thanks in part to the help of the High Sky wing of the CAF. Also attracting a lot of attention was the pair of Spitfire mark 26's from Cisco.
The Museum had its first June 2013 air show meeting on June 23. A number of great ideas for the show were discussed, along with some specific things to clarify for the next meeting which is on July 21, 2012 at 4 pm.
Volunteer Jamie Mills has started her P-3 training for the US Navy, her husband (also a Volunteer) Chris Mills is now working in Alaska. Volunteer Mike Friedrich has begun the prep work to repaint the NA-64 in Casa Grande. Volunteers Chris Whiting, Steve Oldham and Brian Laing put up a short wall in the main display building to enlarge the Tirpiz display. Several other displays have been updated and refreshed, making a distinct difference in the appearance of those displays.
The Stinson 10A tail cone has been shipped off for rebuild; it is scheduled back the first part of July. The horizontal stabilizer is ready for silver, however it has really been too hot to set up the painting we need for the parts for both the Stinson and the T-6. The electrical wiring continues on the T-6, the list of things to do on it is getting much shorter.
The Museum also regretfully notes the passing of another long time Member, Bill Anderson. Bill, who had been a member for the past 15 years, passed away earlier this month in New York after a short illness. Our prayers go out to his wife and family.
31 May 2012
The Museum regretfully notes the passing of one of our long time members, Howard Pardue. Howard was killed in his F8f Bearcat on April 4, in Breckenridge, Texas. He will be greatly missed.
On Wednesday, May 16, Mike Friedrich and Ron Blanton drove over to the Museum from Casa Grande, AZ. Mike Friedrich and Malcolm Laing then flew the NA-64 back over to Casa Grande on Thursday while Ron Blanton drove back with the baggage and spare parts.
Mike Peterson has the canopy frames and new Plexiglas installed on the T-6, along with the right wing tip and leading edge cantilevers. The wobble pump was sent off for rebuild and has been reinstalled. The wiring continues to make progress, with thanks to Ned Shannon who has spent so much time on the electrical work.
The Museum had a distinct presence at the local gun show in April, with many new contacts and potential members coming by and visiting. Thanks go out to Steve Oldham and Chris Whiting for all their work putting that together.
The Stinson 10A tail cone has been shipped off for rebuild; it should be back the first part of July. The horizontal stabilizer has been covered and is ready for silver.
The Museum is looking for a P&W 985 Engine core so that we can begin plumbing the right side of the C-45. We had hoped to mirror the left side, but too many tubes and fittings were missing.
The AT-19 had a small problem with a spot where battery acid had leaked onto the fabric. This has been repaired and the annual should be signed off next week, in time for the bi-annual air show at Winston Field (KSNK) in Snyder, TX on June 16, 2012. Numerous warbird aircraft have been confirmed for the show, we hope you will consider attending; it should be a great time.
14 March 2012
The meeting on January 21 was highly successful, with multiple ideas being presented; a few of which have already been used and several more are being explored for implementation. Thank you to all who attended.
A special thanks to Chris Whiting for all his work in sorting the artifacts in storage and his work in the Korean war/Vietnam war display building.
The T-6 ailerons have been covered with Ceconite and taped, with the first 2 coats of clear butyrate brushed on. They are now ready for at least 3 coats of silver to be applied. The magneto wiring has been installed and fuel was placed into the tanks for a leak test. We are now ready for the final wiring and canopy glass installation.
The Stinson 10A fuselage has been painted with 7 coats of silver, three coats of white and 3 coats of either red or blue butyrate. Thanks go out to Mike Hauf, Steve Oldham, Randy Moore, Brian Laing, and Malcolm Laing for all their work. The airplane has been moved back to the maintenance hangar for fitting the interior and plumbing the firewall forward. Work began on covering the horizontal stabilizer and fitting the elevators, which have already been covered.
The C-45 has had the right rudder covered with Ceconite and the first 2 coats of clear butyrate brushed on. Thanks to Brian Laing for his help on that.
The AT-19 is undergoing its annual and the cowl has been repainted and the nose art is being applied. Mike Delano is the lead for the nose art, we are looking forward seeing the completed design on "London Nights".
Recent weather has kept the Museum aircraft grounded, but we are looking forward to a series of fly in's and air shows in the coming months to present the aircraft to the public. The Museum is sponsoring the bi-annual air show at Winston Field (KSNK) in Snyder, TX on June 16, 2012. "Tora" aircraft and an F8F Bearcat are currently confirmed for the show, along with numerous others. We hope you will consider attending, it should be a great time.
14 January 2012
The Texas Air Museum will hold a general meeting on January 21, 2012 to discuss ways to increase and stabilize the Museum's annual income. Our current methods, which have worked for the past 18 years, have been under strain due to the economy the past 2 years. Hopefully, the meeting will produce some new ideas that will enhance our funding. Please plan to attend!
The T-6 has been up on jacks for gear swings and flap testing. We encountered some problems with the plumbing which set us back for a few weeks, but the gear and flaps are now functional. Bill Parker has located a rear sliding canopy for us, which was the last major assembly we were missing. Ailerons are being covered and, weather permitting, should be installed by the first week or two of February.
The Stinson 10A fuselage has been the focus of more than a month of work as it has been covered with Ceconite and taped, with the first 2 coats of clear butyrate brushed on. It needs some reinforcing tapes around the doors and it will be ready for the 3 coats of silver to be applied. Thanks go out to Steve Oldham, Chris Whiting, Brian Laing and Malcolm Laing for all their work.
The C-45 has had the emergency escape door restored and test fitted by Mike Hauf, who is now working on the main fuselage access door.
The AT-19 is undergoing its annual and the cowl is being repainted so that nose art can be applied. Mike Delano is the lead for the nose art, we are looking forward to the final design on "London Nights". The L-2M "Tumbleweed" and Ki-51 are being flown on a fairly regular basis, with museum members building time and developing the skills necessary to move up to the next level for them.
19 November 2011
The Play Day was great fun and everyone who wanted a flight got one in the museum aircraft. We also hosted a flight for the Texas Tech Air Force ROTC cadets, with help from Brian Rose, Curtis Thomas, Tye Lane, Scott Lane and Malcolm Laing. One winning Cadet even got a ride in the T-28.
The T-6 hydraulic system is complete and awaiting final testing. The brake system is complete had has been tested. Electrical wiring is progressing nicely and we are beginning to see assemblies being adjusted and finalized.
The Stinson 10A has had most of the old paint stripped off and some minor dent repair completed. The head liner is ready to install and the vertical tail has been covered with fabric. The 0 time engine has been installed and covering the fuselage is the next major step.
The CAP cadets completed painting the F-101 and it now awaits the markings for final completion. What a difference they have made in the way the "Voodoo" looks!
Randy Moore has begun his checkout in the L-2M, Steve Sperry is working on a checkout in the Ki-51 and Mike Delano has been checked out in the NA-64. Congratulations on all your hard work.
17 September 2011
We had a great turnout on Saturday, September 3 when the wings were installed on the T-6. What a difference it makes to see it with wings! I know that it will be a little harder to work around, but I also know that I am a lot more motivated. Thanks to everyone that took the time to come out, it made the job go very smoothly.
As a side note, the T-6 replacement wings had Spanish markings on them when we originally got them. You can see the markings on the wings in the photos that will soon be posted on the restoration page. When the T-6 is finished and flying, it will be repainted in Navy colors.
Additionally, the oil lines and oil cooler were installed the past few weeks and the Texan now has oil in it. The brake system is also complete; we will finalize it and test the brakes in the next few weeks. We still have a lot work to do and a lot of parts to locate, but at least the light at the end of the tunnel is not an oncoming train.
The Stinson 10A was moved out from storage and some stripping of old paint begun on the boot cowl. We have contacted someone about doing the head liner and hope to have that resolved in October.
The F-4 received a much needed facelift over the past 2 months with the help of numerous volunteers and looks much better, thanks to all who participated.
Congratulations to Randy Moore who has received his private pilot's license! He plans to sponsor the L-2 next month.
The next Museum Play Day will be October 1, 2011, 2:00 pm until... Please plan to attend and bring a friend who might be interested in joining the Museum.
4 August 2011
Since the air show, work on the T-6 has progressed remarkably, and we are starting to think about the first engine run in the next 6-8 weeks. All the landing gear mechanisms for gear-up lock and retract are now in place, all control rods installed, oil cooler and vacuum pump sent for rebuild, firewall forward hydraulic lines are being installed along with some of the brake lines. If you are out at the museum, please give a huge thank you and congratulations to Mike Peterson, who has been named the T-6 crew chief for all his work on the T-6 this past year.
Hope to have the wings on by mid September, and then a push out to see how the engine systems work. After this complete rebuild, there will of course be a lot of adjusting to do. First flight before the New Year is a distinct possibility!!!
I do not want to miss noting that there has also been progress on the C-45, with some of the hoses and fitting being reinstalled in the right wing.
After the first T-6 engine run, we are planning to have a play day. The weather should be a little cooler, and the planes will all be up and running.
We have had a lot of progress on the flight operations side, with Mike Hauf being checked out in the Ki-51, Brian Laing getting his tailwheel endorsement, and Steve Sperry beginning his tail wheel training. Randy Moore is in the process of completing his last 3 hours of prep before going for his private license, and should have his license by the end of the month, he then plans to sponsor the L-2 and begin work on his tailwheel endorsement. Congratulations to them all!
It is good to see the different pilots moving up in aircraft qualifications, it also proves that the system is working.
9 June 2011
A big Thanks! to all the volunteers who helped make the 2011 air show a great success! The crowd attending the show was about the same as last year (7500 or so) and the weather cooperated to let us have a safe and profitable show. The Viper air show team and Spanky Galloway put on an extraordinary double act that really was a standout.
The Reno air race demo (Howard Pardue and Nelson Ezell) also appeared to be a big hit with the crowd who had never seen anything like it. Our new parking plan appears to work, we just need to make it go faster. Thanks again to James Clark who made the new ticket booths.
Clean up Sunday had Malcolm Laing, Brian Laing, Steve Oldham, Payton Oldham, Mike Delano, Dustin Delano, Mike Friedrich, Randy Moore, and Alex Olachia out cleaning up the tents, roped-off areas, trash, left overs, etc. that normally are left behind after the show. Cars were returned, golf carts loaded up and by the end of the afternoon the airport looked normal again. But speaking for myself, it was really hard to get up and get going Sunday morning, so an additional thanks for the help Sunday morning.
Congratulations to Jannelle Diggs, who was unanimously selected as the volunteer of the year for her work developing and promoting the air show this past year.
And a note for those who missed the show, the T-28B was made it back from the paint shop the week before the show. While 6 months does seem like a long time to paint an airplane, the paint shop did a great job, and the airplane made a truly striking appearance flying in the show.
And last but by no means least, a huge thank you to all of our sponsors that allowed us to put the air show on in the first place!