DC-3 Restoration Activity

DC-3 Restoration activity update for the 1st quarter of 2016 by crew member Carl Cruff.


The right wing was relocated into the heated restoration building allowing aluminum skin polishing work to continue throughout the winter. The two-step polishing process developed in 2015 continues to yield good results with improved surface finish luster. At the end of the Quarter, all wing surfaces had received the Step 1 initial polish and 75% of the surfaces had also completed the Step 2 final process.

Right Wing Polishing - Upper Surface
Right Wing Polishing - Upper Surface Close-up View
Right Wing Polishing - Lower Surface

The Florida Airmotive Services propeller blades had painted gray forward and black anti-glare aft surfaces which were stripped to the base aluminum metal condition in 2015. These surfaces are now being polished to a high luster condition using a multi-step dry and wet abrasive sanding process which also removes the majority of surface imperfections. The blade sanding process is complete on one of the six propeller surfaces yielding an attractive surface finish.

Propeller Assemblies relocated into the Restoration Building
Propeller Blade Polishing
Propeller Blade Polishing - Close-up View

The DC-3 restoration team welcomes our newest member, Mr. John Rowley, who joins us from Pratt & Whitney and International Aero Engines.

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