Team Members: Dave Shank, Pete Watkins, Scott McEwen
Team Function: The team was formed to engineer and build a reliable trailer to carry the B25 project to various locations. These locations will be determined by the young aviators and their leadership.
Primary Use: The B25 will be taken to various functions where it can be put on display for educational purposes. The unit will be accessible to the general public to further the interest in aviation primarily among the youth.
Time Restraints: The trailer is to be built within certain time restraints as listed below with the goal to have it finished and tested for highway use.
Trailer Objective: The trailer must carry the B25 safely to a designated location, and then be able to raise the unit to a height yet to be determined so access can be granted from its belly. The trailer must be able to safely lock into the accessible height without any doubt that it will remain in that position until it is ready to be lowered. Once lowered, it then must be locked down for highway travel. The trailer must be able to carry a minimum of 4,000 lbs and travel over 4,000 miles without any maintenance.
There is a great event this Friday, Saturday, and Sunday located just north of Golden, off Highway 93.
It's called Warbirds Over the Rockies. Super-large scale replicas have been shipped in from all over the world ... even from Australia. It will be a great show, including pyrotechnics. For schedule, directions, and on-line tickets, see http://www.warbirdsovertherockies.com/
While there, look for the Antique Airplane Association of Colorado's (AAACO) RC Airplane Club --led by Dick Snyder and Company. "Company" includes Wayne Gibson, Len Mayo, Don Singer, Willi Jung, and a host of other great mentors. These adults and kids have been meeting on the 2nd and 4th Saturdays from 10a to 2p at Jack's to build and fly RC airplanes. It's a great, new, growing group of future aviators and they'd love to have you visit and/or participate with them on the 2nd & 4th Saturdays of each month.
See the "Other Opportunities" page under History & Projects for more information and details!!!
Correct me if I'm wrong, but the attached photo reminds me a whole lot of a B-25 nose! The B-25 has never looked so much like a ... B-25! Bill K. has skillfully merged calculus and cardboardabrication (i.e., fabricating things out of corrugated card board) to create the prototype template that will turn into plywood templates used to form the metal frame for the nose, followed by forming the foam that will be used to build the templates for bending/shaping each Plexiglas panel for the nose. What a whopper run-on sentence, but this is whopper stuff!!! Thanks to the Klaers at Westpac Restorations for a rare opportunity to measure the glass of their B-25J, "In The Mood," earlier this summer.
Meanwhile, Enrico and Wayne will be interfacing DC power and step motors to selected instruments to bring them to life. Motors are already at Enrico's house! Thanks to Denise Mclean of Tri-County Instruments for manuals for all our instruments, and to Dave Elliott of Acme Aircraft Sales and Salvage for greatly discounted instruments.
Doug and Cliff (Eclipse Engineering at EIK) found the perfect dome for the upper turret, solving a huge fabrication challenge. Their design of the turret's skeleton is looking great!
Randy and team are mastering the art of cutting and trimming metal for floor and bulkheads.
Lynn, Pete, and Dave S will be bringing out a trailer that will become the B-25's transport platform to Wisconsin and other points.
Andrea M heads up our Comm Team and will be standing up our website and posting to our Facebook. Andrea, perhaps you can add the attached photo to the website and Facebook.
Scott S has readied the next panel for riveting.
Herrill plans to record real-live Wright Cyclone R-2600's starting up and running up, and beginning engineering for adding some powerful sound effects to the project.
Brandon, Dalton, Ashley, Pietro, John, Holden, Brady, Edward, Saunier, and the others will be bucking rivets, shaping aluminum, fastening parts, and much more!