Saturday April 21st, 2007|
THE BIG MOVE!
Let the birthing begin. This garage door opened for probably only the second time in two years. We pulled the fuselage out and and turned it around and I opened the canopy because it was getting rather warm in there. I took lots of pictures as this is one of the 'milestones' in the project.
From the other side of the driveway...
The truck was 1:40 minutes late from the scheduled time, but he had a good excuse. He picked up a wrecked car that spilled transmission fluid all over his truck and he had to run it through the car wash. The back of the truck was definitely very clean so I believe his story.
Up she goes...here the driver is attaching the wench to the nose gear leg.
I'm guiding it up here. The wheels just BARELY fit on the truck.
See what I mean?
And now up and level. BTW: There's the phone number if you're interested in using this guy. He was very apologetic for being late and was very careful with the airplane and asked me about potential points to attach it. I was only nervous about using the steps but I figure if those things can hold my big butt they could be used to hold the airplane down.
Jaime took this shot as we were turning. He followed us so we didn't get any great shots of the plane going down GA 316.
Unloading. Note the absolutely beautiful day.
Here's my corner of the community hangar. This hangar may very well be the largest hangar I've ever been in. It's really huge. The community hangar is not the ideal situation but it will work and it is cheaper than other solutions. Three or four RVs have been completed here so I'm not the first. Actually, my spot is a little bigger than this. After we left the hangar owners were supposed to move the airplanes a little more to clear up my spot. The hangar door opens almost all the way to the plywood wall so I'll be able to pull the door back and pull the plane out regardless of what else is in the hangar.
And here I'm pushing the plane back. This should give you an idea of the size of this hangar. As I mentioned it's huge. The RV looks so tiny in there...especially compared to the Queen Air which is directly across the other side (from behind where I took this photo).
As I mentioned, I hope to finish up the wing items this week and bring them out and permanently mount them next weekend.