Another P-51D Mustang has returned to the skies in the US after restoration. This airframe use to carry the name "Miss Torque" and was well know for being flown by owner Rob Satterfield. The past few years it was flown in New Zealand but has return to the US with a new owner. See the history here.
Thanks again to Brandon out in Chino for allowing me to post one of his pictures. Do you think this restoration crew could polish it any brighter!?!?
For the caretaker of a polished airplane you might think the best tool in the tool box would be the handy dandy buffer. I do really like the way my Cyclo buffer rubs the Nuvite polish on the metal to make it shine but... the best tool I am now using is called microfiber. Some friends told me about this fancy fabric a few years ago but I just hadnt taken the time to try it out. Another friend with a polished 170 told me how he polished his whole airplane in one weekend and mentioned the use of microfiber. So I pulled a cloth out and wow... it made short work of the black residue left over from the buffing. On the way home from the airport I stopped in my local "big box" store and bought a big stack of microfiber! The metal around the doors and windows is done and as can be seen in the picture the back above the paint line. Will work on the lower fuselage next. Let the polishing continue...
I visit the Warbird Information Exchange forum several times a day (ok... MANY times a day!) and have been reading one of the posts with great interest. The CAF B-24 (LB-30) is being madeover into an A-model B24. My friend Gary Austin is Crew Chief working on Diamond Lil and has been posting updates to the progress of the work. Recent work includes returning the tail gunner and belly gunner positions to the airframe. Go here to read about the makeover. This is up to 30 pages long so it make take you a couple sittings to catch up!
Funny thing happened to me out at the airport on Saturday. It was alittle cold outside so a few of my airport buddies and I were standing around a heater in a friends hangar. I had worn my old leather jacket to the airport as to not mess up the new one working around the airplane. I reached into my inside pocket and found the bill of sale for when I purchased my first airplane! Of all the things to still be left in that pocket! Wonder why I never found it sooner... and had it really been since November 20th 1991 that I had looked in that pocket!?
Taylorcraft BC-12D, N96542, SN 8842 - $10,000.
This little piece of paper is getting put away in a safe place! (Picture above was taken seven months later when I flew the Taylorcraft solo from TX to WI for the Oshkosh airshow!)
Awhile back the NASCAR races were in town at the Texas Motor Speedway so a banner towing outfit was at our airport. I shot this video of one of the Super Cubs picking up a banner. Fun commentary on the video by my friend Lynn who was standing next to me! Video on YouTube here. HE GOT IT!