DC-3 Restoration Activity

DC-3 Restoration activity update for the 4th quarter of 2019 by crew member Carl Cruff.

Thank you to those guests who visited the DC-3 during the November "behind the scenes" museum event-your encouraging comments on the ongoing interior restoration are appreciated. The interior areas worked this quarter are highlighted in this update


The upper instrument panel and control switch console restoration is complete. Two overhead lights have been installed and energized in the forward compartment/cockpit aisle way to provide illumination for this dimly lit area. The existing floor boards in the forward compartment area have been removed and replaced with painted plywood panels providing secure walkway flooring; these panels will ultimately be carpeted in the currently envisioned interior décor plan.

Upper instrument panel and control switch console restoration underway
Upper instrument panel and control switch console restoration complete
Overhead forward compartment lighting energized
Forward compartment floor panel fabrication
Forward compartment floor panel installation

Passenger compartment

Redan Upholstery Co. located in Newington, CT has been selected to upholster the cockpit and passenger compartment seats. In early December, an example of a single and double passenger seat frame, and the flight attendant's seat frame were delivered to Redan for their review. The desired seat upholstery design replicates an early 1940's DC-3 style and will require customized seat, arm rest, and side panel installations.

Passenger seats ready for upholstery

All of the passenger compartment floor boards have been replaced with new plywood panels which have been painted and secured to the aircraft structure. These floor boards, the heater ductwork, and the lower half of the compartment sidewalls will be carpeted in the interior décor plan.

Passenger compartment floor boards installation underway
Passenger compartment floor boards installation complete

Removal of the decorative carpet material from the forward left bulkhead wall panel revealed significant deterioration and dry rot along the floor and aircraft sidewall edges. The intricate shape and integration with the opposite side baggage compartment for this panel made complete replacement undesirable. Instead, sheet metal reinforcement panels were fabricated and attached to the existing panel providing a sturdy surface for future interior décor carpeting.

Left passenger bulkhead reinforcement complete

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