In a previous post, I shared information about two of our Heritage Vehicles that were seen outside the Museum. It takes a lot of hard work and commitment by the volunteers on our Heritage Maintenance Team to ensure that our vehicles are road worthy. It also takes dedication and a very long list of the ongoing work needed to maintain the aircraft in our Airpark. Our team works at least two days a week on the many tasks required. Kevin, the leader of the team, told me about some upcoming tasks needed for the vehicles and aircraft:
Our ambulance should be on the road within weeks. It needs brake work and some dashboard instruments installed.
Our CMP (yellow truck) needs a tune up but otherwise is in great shape.
The Willys jeep and trailer are going to be driven a bit more; you might see it outside our Museum on a day you visit!
The Dakota is a third done, converting from fabric to metal on the control surfaces (ailerons, rudder, horizontal stabilizers) to give long life. Fabric is only lasting a few years; metal will last the life of the display, needing only paint.
The Argus needs some metal repairs which will happen later in the summer.
Finally, the team is hoping to receive a Technical Assistance Visit to bring some technical knowledge to the team and help with all display aircraft corrosion as well as help with improving how the aircraft are presented.
Come to the Heritage Airpark! If the Maintenance Team is working, you might have an opportunity to chat with them personally! Tell them how much their work means to you as a visitor and that they’re appreciated. We at the Museum certainly do!!