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TX-EcoDragon
03-02-2006, 03:41 PM
A Boeing B-17 bomber restoration project will be continued by family members of an Ohio man who died in an airplane crash last November. The Urbana Daily Citizen in Urbana, Ohio, reports that the sons of Jerry Shiffer, a 68-year-old Urbana-area businessman killed in a Montana crash, will finish the project. Both are pilots and plan to get checked out in the bomber. The restoration is directed by Tom Reilly and is aided by volunteers from Cleveland, Chicago, and areas of Florida. To learn more about the project, visit their site:

http://www.b17project.com/


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Zeus-cat
03-02-2006, 04:47 PM
Good, they've added evening hours. I work in Urbana at the Grimes Aerospace (Honeywell) plant and was hoping they were going to add some evening hours.

I saw the plane a few weeks ago and this project is going to take some time.

jarink
03-02-2006, 06:12 PM
It's in Ohio, not Illinois.

It figures. Urbanna, Illinois is only about 70 minutes from where I live; I was hoping I'd be able to to help on weekends. http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/bigtears.gif

Taylortony
03-03-2006, 03:25 PM
Originally posted by Zeus-cat:
I work in Urbana at the Grimes Aerospace (Honeywell) plant


Ahh the light of my life http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_wink.gif

Zeus-cat
03-03-2006, 04:50 PM
Ahh the light of my life

So Taylortony, are you in the aviation biz?

Taylortony
03-03-2006, 06:22 PM
Might be...http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_smile.gif

Licenced Aircraft Engineer CAA A and C categories (Airframes and ALL Piston Aero Engines ) Also a Chief Engineer, Engineering Manager and a CAA nominated Engineer ( I recommend Certificate of Airworthiness Renewals with out the CAA seeing the Aircraft and it is renewed on my say so. ) so you might say so http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_smile.gif

I maintain Service and rebuild a whole range of aircraft...... experienced on various stuff ranging from Military Helicopters, through Fighters, Airliners, Business jets like Gulfstreams Lears etc to small stuff as well as some older Military I have worked on like Spitfires, Mustangs etc

Presently I have some fuel tanks to manufacture for a WW2 Bomber rebuild in the UK as a homer If I get time and the shop I use is still there http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_frown.gif

flox
03-03-2006, 06:29 PM
Interesting! I live in nearby Columbus Ohio but I'm not sure if I could be of much use...

Zeus-cat
03-03-2006, 10:05 PM
Licenced Aircraft Engineer CAA A and C categories (Airframes and ALL Piston Aero Engines ) Also a Chief Engineer, Engineering Manager and a CAA nominated Engineer ( I recommend Certificate of Airworthiness Renewals with out the CAA seeing the Aircraft and it is renewed on my say so. ) so you might say so

http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/25.gif

The average person here has no idea how heavily regulated the airplane business is. I handle PMA at Grimes.

flox, I recommend that you contact the group to offer your assistance. I've seen the plane; you can't muck it up any worse than it already is. It looks like someone backed into one of the wings with a truck years ago.

I just registered at their website and will be looking to work on the plane some evenings if my schedule permits. I'm pretty sure they will teach you what you need to know. There looks like tons of work that needs to be done by unskilled labor.

Enforcer572005
03-04-2006, 01:04 AM
Rielly can rebuild anything. You shoulda seen the Collings B24 (currently called witchcraft i think) as well as the B17 nine o nine. the B24 was a rat poop depository in india missing most of the bottom fuselage. probably the most experienced restoration outfit.

Zeus-cat
03-04-2006, 11:00 AM
Hey Enforcer,

I didn't know the F-86D had gunpods. http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/winky.gif