Well, what can I say? I have been a bad cat. It has been many moons since I posted my last blog. Honestly, the guys have kep me so busy that I hardly have time for my afternoon nap. In addition to my security detail, they actually want me to help work on airplanes too. I have a lot to catch you up on. In my last blog, I showed a photo of Mr. Bishops Chief that we were restoring. Below is a photo of the finished product and it is a beauty.
We have continued to bring in several Jungman Bukers to work on. Below are a couple.
We have also had a run on J-3’s Lately. We repaired one that was damaged in a storm and another that ran into a building. Below is a photo of another owned by Tony Cresimanno that was injured on landing. He is happy to be up and flying again.
The guys are on an out of town day trip to pick up another J-3 today. We have also performed a lot of general maintenance including work on our friend Richard Epton’s Stinson. See below.
We are currently working on a Rans in the shop that we are putting together, and are doing an engine overhaul for a J-3. We have two Stearman projects just in and are repainting a PA12. Our latest adventure is somewhat unbelievable, but true. Look at the photo below to see what showed up at Barnstormer’s last week. Now how did that thing land with no engine and on a short strip? The minute that I saw the F-16, I could just hear the theme song from Top Gun. As you can see from the photo, David beat me to the cockpit.
Seriously, this plane travels around the country in a tractor trailer rig to promote Airforce recruiting. The marketing company that owns it called us to make some repairs to it, and that is what we did. They will be bringing it back in a couple of weeks for additional repairs.
As you can see, we have been very busy. Hope that all of you are doing well and prosperous. And finally, below you can see how my duties here at Barnstormer’s range from office work, crawling around underneath airplanes, repairing wings, and the occasional siesta.
I will be talking to you soon.
Wishing you Blue Skies,