The craziness continues!
My continuing flirtation with Aviation:
I've purchased a 90% complete Mitchell U-2 Flying Wing!
(Which in Aviation math usually means, 90% is left to be done.)
Back Home in Colorado
We didn't take any additional pictures in Watonga, Oklahoma - we just went over the aircraft and then started trying to figure out how to break it down and load it onto the new trailer I purchased specifically for the plane. The loading process took Norman and I nearly 6 hours even though we had help from a couple of the seller's friends.
|We removed the propeller for the trip to reduce the overhang - even with the nose cone off we didn't quite meet the highway load width requirements.|
|My new plane and new
Ready to start unpacking!
|The builder was a large individual and he apparently had trouble getting out of the aircraft so he built this heavy (11 lbs.) pneumatic seat to push him up. It will be replaced.|
|This easy to get to tie-down never once gave us any trouble.|
|But naturally, this impossible to get to tie-down kept coming loose throughout the whole trip.|
|The plane and trailer
won't fit through my gate so I had to unload it into the garage - you just
know how happy that made my wife!
One of the surprises in Oklahoma was the amount of bird crap and dust that accumulated over the last 5-6 years. You can get a feel for it here.
|The two outer wing panels and the two stabalators.|
|And finally the
center-section is pushed into the garage and the door is shut with the
wife's car outside. She was actually cool about it until a weather
forecast later predicted Hail! I've made arrangements to move most of the
plane out to Mack Mesa (CO7).
Yeah, I know, I need to clean out the garage anyway.
My friend Norman went with me to retrieve the plane. He has since told the world that I place undue reliance on my GPS or as he said, "You've got to love modern technology, that GPS took us to an oil pump a quarter of a mile from the hanger!" We could see the air field but I had to drive about 4 miles around the section to get to the gate!