Post by planecrazy on Sept 24, 2023 9:09:36 GMT 12
Excellent little clip by Malcolm Laird of Ventura Publications on RNZAF Mustangs lives, realise this is not '23' would imagine close to what her life was, interesting towards the end of the clip '02' on the inside of the gear doors.
Last Edit: Sept 24, 2023 9:12:09 GMT 12 by planecrazy
interesting towards the end of the clip '02' on the inside of the gear doors.
And looks to be the same dark green on the doors.
Indeed, wonder if they used house paint as mentioned for the original roundels overpaint? Asked about the reason for the "Ohakea green" before was there a reason for this, wonder if they did the wheel wells as well?
Thanks for sharing those JW and Antonio! I've been out of the country for 2.5wk and then in Motueka for the weekend so now, finally, I'm home and able to share the last update. It's a goody (FB link).
Another productive week on our project as we draw a close to the restoration phase of the project and move on to the certification tasks. This week we also farewell Pete Burgess who has completed his restoration work on the project and moves on to bringing another aircraft back to life. Pete has done a tremendous job for us bringing skill, dedication and high work quality to the project throughout the last three years. Pete has helped restore both a Spitfire and Mustang now for us and his contribution has been first class in all respects. Pete will likely be back to help us with one of the key ground runs and of course the test flight depending on his other work commitments.
The arrival of the Butler parachute for the Mustang this week was pretty much the last of the equipment deliveries. It is a custom unit designed to fit the original Warren McArthur seat in our P51D. We also were able to put some fuel in each of the wing tanks to check for any leaks – good news on that front – another first since it was last refuelled at Ohakea on the 30th May 1957.
With all the avionics tests complete, we were able to close up the radio box behind the armour plate and fit the canopy as well as testing the canopy emergency release system. The spinner has been fitted in place and the balance of the fairings on the aircraft have been fitted along with the cowls ready for next week’s key tasks. We have begun the process of working with CAA to prepare for certification of the aircraft to fly. For this aircraft it is broadly a two stage process. The initial objective is to get an Experimental certificate for the aircraft which will allow us to conduct the test flying program. We are lucky to have had our test flying program designed for us by SQNLDR Luke Flemington who is a graduate of the Empire Test Pilots School at Boscombe Down in England.
The certification of NZ2423 involves quite a few separate processes and required paperwork as well as a physical inspection by CAA staff. Brian and Joe are very much focused now on ensuring all of our project records are ready for inspection and other required inspections are complete – these work records have been built up from day one on the project and ensure that we can demonstrate the restoration has been true to its design state when it left the Dallas factory in 1945.
Part of the certification process is the ability to apply for an Identifiable Paint Scheme. It means that if CAA accept the markings on the aircraft clearly and distinctively indicate the specific aircraft’s identity, then it does not need to carry the usual ZK-BHT registration marking, helping maintain its authentic look. The same process allows us to apply for a unique call sign to be used with Air Traffic Control – in this case Mustang Two Three. Its ADSB identity will be MUST23 on flight tracking software.
Next week should see us complete three important tasks on the journey with the aircraft being weighed to establish the centre of gravity. Also we will be doing a compass swing on the compass pad at Ohakea - this will be the first time NZ2423 has been out on the airfield at Ohakea since 1957. The third task will be to undertake an engine run on our apron. The compass swing and engine run will need a bit of help from the current inclement weather. The weather today prevented us getting the cowled up aircraft outside for some photos in natural light. Hopefully its time on the compass pad next week will make up for that.