Holy Smokes the time gets away from me fast! It's been a full 2 months since we've updated the blog and I apologize! A lot has been going on at the Wing, and has kept the staff, as well as the membership, very busy. Since the last update we have finished out events season, finished our airshow season and begun the winter maintenance and repair of the aircraft, vehicles and buildings.
Maintenance has started on the B-25. It's currently resting on jacks as we begin the inspection process. The P-51 will begin its inspection very soon and the PT-22 is already well on the way to being done. The L-5 and BT-13 will be torn into very soon. In a slight twist, the Harvard has been moved down to Midland for the winter. A number of pilots requested to do this so that they can continue to fly throughout the winter. It should return sometime early April. If you'd like to help out, or just see what makes these aircraft work, come check it out!
The events season ended with a Halloween party hosted by the Wing. It went well, with a lot of great costumes, and a very age diverse crowd! It is great to see a younger group (high school aged) have such a large presence at our events! Their interest shows that our museum can be viable for generations to come. We're currently working with the City of South St. Paul to finalize the requirements for next years events, and our lease. Once those are done, we will begin the process of ordering and installing the sprinkler system and doors for the exits.
The motor pool has made significant progress over the last few months. Their efforts to seal the building against water and cold have taken a lot of work, but have already paid off. The current project is to put up a stud wall and insulate the small side bay. This will not only make the place look a heck of a lot nicer, but help to keep heating costs down in the winter. They need help to get all this work done, so consider giving them a few hours or a day of your time! They really appreciate any help they get!
The Wing, and CAF HQ, have had their elections. At this point, the Wing elections are still out, though there was only one candidate per office. The CAF HQ elections were full of political intrigue and turmoil. A small group of members was hoping to change the current direction of the CAF and get us back to "when the CAF was fun". I don't know about you guys, but I think it's pretty fun now. Either way, the membership, including a record number of MN Wing members, voted to keep us on the path we are on. I feel it is the best direction for the CAF, and that we will see great things in the next few years! Thank you to everyone who exercised their right to vote in the elections!
I hope that everyone has a great Holiday season! If you're out and about, and haven't been by the hangar in awhile, stop by and see what's happening!