October 2021 Kaman HOK-1 update by Restoration Crew Chief Rick Centore.
We've made a lot of progress over the summer months on the HOK restoration. Many milestones were reached as fully restored assemblies were installed on the airframe. Both upper pylons were installed on the fuselage. The restored transmission was installed. The restored driveshafts and rotor heads were installed. The restored engine was installed on the rear of the fuselage. The restored seating was installed in the cockpit. All painting of the interior and exterior of the fuselage was completed. All the livery has been completed on the exterior of the aircraft. The twin tail boom was installed. Finally, the rotor blade restoration has begun.
The HOK-1 on September 30th. Although the aircraft appears complete, much work remains. One missing window must be molded and the other windows must be restored. Rotor blade restoration must be competed and the blades installed. We've been working on the HOK for almost three years now. We're very proud of our progress and look forward to putting it on display for our guests here at the NEAM.