Hangar Update

Over the last 36 hours a lot has happened at the Air Heritage Hangar.

Friday saw the OV-1D being towed into the hangar for its annual inspection. It has already been put up on jacks and will begin to receive the attention it needs to be flying for next year’s air show season.

Today, “Thunder Pig” came into the hangar to begin its own annual as well, after a 15 minute engine run. It too has been put up on jacks and has been prepared for work to begin Monday by having the engines’ cowlings opened and stands put in place as well as interior lighting installed. While it is in the hangar, it will also receive some much needed touch up painting and mechanical fine tuning.

The Pig’s left elevator is nearing the point of being ready to be re-primed and covered in fabric. Once the fabric is on, it will be painted and hung back on the pig.

After the pig was brought in, the right elevator was put up on stands and was completely stripped of all its fabric in one day by 6 of our volunteers! Its next step is to be stripped of all its paint so it can be re-primed and covered as well.

Come on in and visit us and see what all we have been doing to keep this historical aircraft flying.

Air Heritage’s largest problem is manpower. We have a lot of projects and too few volunteers to work on them. The handful of volunteers that do volunteer two to four times a week do a terrific job and I am very grateful for their volunteerism. A lot of decisions I make, or Air Heritage’s Board makes is based on this shortage of volunteers. I am telling you this because of a controversial decision that I made recently. An outstanding member of this organization quit because of that decision. He had arranged for a donation of three or four pallets of aircraft parts that he wanted Air Heritage to accept them. I based this decision on that fact, all the time consuming hours of work it would have taken to transport the pallets, finding space in our already crowded hangar to put them, sorting through the parts, and finding ways to sell them I felt was too much for the few volunteers we have to undertake. I did not want to ask any of our volunteers to stop working on a project they volunteered for, or to become a parts salesman. We did have one individual who spent a great deal of time trying to sell equipment and aircraft parts with no success. Was I wrong to turn down this donation from a devoted member? Call me, or write, let me know what you think, pro or con.

I hope all of you had a Merry Christmas, and I hope everyone has a happy and propsperious 2012. I look forward to serving another year as President of Air Heritage. If you have any suggestions, or complaints please feel free to contact me, or any member of your Board of Directors.

Bill Schillig
President Air Heritage Museum Inc.

Air Heritage wishes to extend their best to all Veterans past and present for
their service to our Country. This Day is special Day of honor for those who have
served. At our Hangar Dinner Dance to be held tomorrow November 12th we will
honor all the veterans who have served their country.

Bill Schillig
President Air Heritage Museum Inc.

Air Heritage Museum’s 5th Annual
40’s Dinner Dance

Featuring the Swingin’ Beaver Bopcats
with a Special Salute to all Veterans

Saturday, November 12, 2011
5:30pm – 10:30pm

Air Heritage Hangar – Beaver County Airport
Chippewa Township, PA

Come, win the prize for the best 40’s attire.

Tickets $25.00 per person
Call 724-843-2820 for tickets

I flew the L-21B to Columbiana County Airport on August 31st to practice landings. On the 5th landing which was full flap, I lost control and went off the side of the runway down a steep hill. I wish I could explain how or why it happened, but I can’t. The aircraft was substantially damaged.

I apologize to all the people who put a lot of effort into getting it ready for the air show circuit this year. It is repairable, and the insurance will cover the cost. We will have it back, and flying again no later than this spring. Sorry, I love that airplane, your President is in mourning!

That being said, the C123K is doing well on the air show circuit. We have had ten shows this year and one more to go which will be at Hagerstown, MD. With the price of avgas, most of the long distance and out of state air shows cannot afford the cost of the fuel. Most of the shows we went to are close by, but they have been profitable. I will let you know what we made at each of the shows in the next newsletter.

-Bill Schillig – President of Air Heritage

A mid-air collision on February 1, 1943 between a B-17 and a German fighter over the Tunis dock area became the subject of one of the most famous photographs of World War II. An enemy fighter attacking a 97th Bomb Group formation went out of control, probably with a wounded pilot then continued its crashing descent into the rear of the fuselage of a Fortress named All American, piloted by Lt. Kendrick R. Bragg, of the 414th Bomb Squadron. When it struck, the fighter broke apart, but left some pieces in the B-17. The left horizontal stabilizer of the Fortress and left elevator were completely torn away.

Read more: http://www.ww2aircraft.net/forum/stories/tough-old-bird-28831.html

Engine Driven Hydraulic Pump – Vickers Model NF971330BCF
Cowl Flap Electric Motor N/O/S – Lear Inc, Piqua, OH #VS 47506
Boost Pumps – Thompson Products, Inc. P/N TFD8000-1
Turret Drive Mark-2 – Bell Drawing #03-093-300 (Sunstrand), US Navy Bureau of Aeronautics for Bell A/C Ordinance

For more information please contact Greg Werking by phone @ 724-843-2820.

The Air Show season is going well for Air Heritage. The Thunder Pig and the L-21B have gone to several shows with more scheduled. People at the shows have been very generous with donations. The OV-1 is almost ready to go, and it should make it to some of the shows this year.

We have an opportunity to acquire a A-6 Intruder for static display at the Museum. The only thing is, we cannot find a way to transport it from Williamsport, PA Airport. It is too wide to be transported by the highway and it is not flyable. If anyone has an ideas, give us a call.

The work on the Cessna 150 donated by West Virginia University is progressing nicely. We may see it fly before the end of the summer! Come out and take a look. While you are here, we could use some help on it, or some of the other projects. There is also a need for help with hangar maintenance if you can spare a little of your time.

I want to thank all the volunteers that are here day in and day out who are making Air Heritage bigger and better with each passing year.

-Bill Schillig – President of Air Heritage

“Gentleman” Jim Box died at the age of 90 in Rome, NY, his home town. Jim is survived by his wife and 5 sons. Jim was a WWII pilot trained in PT-17, T-6, and B-25.

A long time member of Air Heritage, Jim traveled to Tucson, AZ on the original trip to pick up the C-123K Provider, to bring it hom. He retired from U.S. Airways after many years in the engine shop.

Read Jim’s obituary on barryfuneralhome.com

Something very special happened here on March 22, 2011.  Chris Vidovich’s sister made the arrangements so their family would be here to celebrate the finishing of the F-15A “Eagle” on Chris’s birthday.  Chris being a former crew chief on an F15, made a substantial contribution to transport the “Eagle” out of Georgia, with his help it now sits here at our hangar.  We here at Air Heritage are proud, as I know his family is, to have his name on the side of the airplane as “Crew chief”.

Read more about Chris and how helped bring the F15 back to Air Heritage on airforcetimes.com

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