New Fun AT6 Project
So last week a my friend Jason came to me to ask my opinion on a project that he has. The project is a North American AT-6 that is in need of some love and he asked if I would be interested in working on it in exchange for a checkout in the airplane. I immediately jumped at the offer, I have wanted to fly an AT-6 since Jason took me for my first ride almost 6 years ago in this exact airplane.
Over the last 6 years this airplane has been flown, parked outside, sold and re-aquired. It has had some good days and some bad. Right now it is about 65% restored but it is going to need a considerable dedication of time and effort to get it flying again. The cockpit is 80% complete and the work that was done is excellent, the flight controls have been recovered and the fuselage and one wing has already been painted. To complete this airplane we will need to rebuild the landing gear, fuel tanks, finish the cockpit, install radios, complete all wiring and replace some missing parts including the cowling and some of the panels around the airplane. It is not a task to take lightly, there is some considerable work needed to get this project completed. Heck, it was a considerable job just to get the airplane shored up so that we could take the landing gear off. But, we got this done and I am confident we will get the remainder of the airplane restored and flying in the next 6 months.
I know this is going to be an incredibly fun and challenging project.