Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Tail End of Project Tail Turret

This year will be the first year that "Miss Mitchell's" tail turret will operate since the aircraft has been in CAF hands. It will be, as far as I know, the first CAF B-25 to have a functioning tail turret system! Nate Timm has worked incredibly hard to make this happen, and with the parts collected during the restoration of "Miss Mitchell" and parts that he has found, the project will soon be finished. Nate and Ray Miller tested the hydraulic systems after Ray created hard lines, and Nate ran the power to the front of the aircraft. The test was successful! The system still needs to be bled properly, and once it is, expect to see video of it operating on this site! Great work Nate and Ray!
(Photos Thanks to Brian Strom)

(Ray Miller runs hydraulic lines for the infamous "vanes")

(Nate Timm running a large cable from the front to the back of the aircraft)

(Running a wire isn't as easy as it seems... many times new holes and clamps are needed)

(Roger Van Ranst and Jim Lauria hoist the tail turret assembly into place)

(Ray and Nate do final checks before testing the hydraulics)

(Nate and Ray took this project on, and have done a great job of seeing it through!)

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