Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Big News! The CallAir is Closer and Closer

The CallAir restoration is a happening thing!

 And all this time, I thought Malcolm was just stringing me along... take a look at the workmanship on this airplane:
There's still some distance to go before it's finished, but overall I am very pleased with the work. This one-of-a-kind, pre-production example from CallAir is a unique part of the Interstate lineage.

 That eyebrow fairing bridges the gap between the wings and is formed to the upper edge of the windscreen - it's a complicated piece

Once again, I am really encouraged with this latest batch of pictures. It has been a long time coming, but I'm hopeful the airplane will be back in the air before very long.

Fly Safe

Saturday, July 09, 2016

Progress is just that, and that's that

The latest is that the interior guys are just about ready to install the new interior in the CallAir Cadet ... work proceeds at the speed of escargot, with sheet metal being formed, primed and painted. The interior shop has the material ... seats are close to done, sidewalls and headliner to go.

 Meanwhile, the Interstate Cadets are queueing up for their run into Oshkosh at the end of July. The EAA magazine has a cover picture of the airplane Cornelia Fort was flying out of Rodgers Field on Oahu the morning Pearl Harbor was attacked - it'll be there for AirVenture. I won't. Drat.

The Interstate and Arctic Tern bunch have made up hats for the first dozen to show up and a rally point is ready for them the night before their entrance at Wittman Field. 

I'll get there some day. Malcolm said so.