During the past year, the Museum’s Restoration team has accomplished much, and have done so without incident. This was brought to light last month when Museum Director Ken Emery, along with the Restoration team, were honored to receive the Team Robins Safe Site Award. This award signifies that they provide a safe work environment that meets all RAFB standards. This award was earned during a heavy maintenance time, and is a testament to the team keeping safety in mind.
In Restoration news, the Museum has recently acquired a T-34 Trainer. Once used at the Aero Club at Robins AFB, it is now in the maintenance shop to be restored before going on exhibit. This aircraft is just one of many under restoration at the Museum. Our B-17 Flying Fortress has been de-painted, the vertical stabilizer has been completed, and the tail section has been placed with the front fuselage in the WWII hangar. Also in WWII is the HU-16 Albatross. Our volunteers have been working on the interior of the aircraft and the engines to get them display ready. You can hear their progress each Saturday morning as the team spends their day sprucing up the Albatross.
Volunteer Aaron Robinson, along with General Rick Goddard (USAF Ret.), have made significant progress on the F-100 Super Sabre over the past year. Located in the rear of WWII, the Super Sabre now has its wings attached, ailerons, instrument panel, and new glass in the cockpit. The Museum is hoping to have this aircraft completed by next Spring, so keep an eye on your inbox and our Facebook page for more details.
In addition to the Trainer, B-17, F-100, and Albatross, the team has also been at work cleaning aircraft in preparation for paint. The B-1 Bomber, located at the front of the Museum, has been pressure washed, and is almost ready for a new paint job. Outdoor aircraft need to be painted to keep them from deteriorating.
At the end of October, Restoration was tasked with moving aircraft and exhibits from the Century of Flight building. This move was necessary as the main floor is being restored, and should be completed by the beginning of December. Until then, larger aircraft will be located behind Century of Flight, and the P-51 Mustang will be in the WWII hangar.
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