I pulled into Red Eagle and this aircraft was staring me in the face. The plane looks like a Northrop F5B but with the Canadian designation CF5. I only say this because one of the containers had Canadian express on them. The wing was locked in a jig on the opposite side of the truck with multiple boxes tucked on the flatbed trailer.
Ok, enough distraction, I need to get some work done. I uncovered 08Romeo and commenced to the dirty cleaning part of the operation. I completely cleaned both rims and prepped them for painting. A few times with a scotchbrite pad helped even out any chips that were there, yeah, there were a few.
Step two required a steady hand around the tire and a new small 1" brush. I started from the outside in on the first rim and that didn't work out so well. It did allow a second coat along the face of the rim but also made it hard to steady my hand close to the rim itself. Wheel two was painted inside out, this worked out great and it took half the time. Take a look at the finished product.
Not to bad, if I must say so myself. I touched up a few small areas along the pilot side handle above the door and a few along the top of my door. They looked ok but I would later get a number for a professional painter located at Wilmington to make it right. At least I have the metal protected.
The test flight...
Of course there has to be a test flight! I called Vince and he was available to make a flight today. Short hop, knock out a few landings, help the paint dry and come home.
We launched for Cape May and enjoyed the cool 64 degree temps at only 3000 feet. Millville was quiet for the most part and it wasn't real busy at Cape May. Vince got to fly and he did very well, transferring controls for my pattern entry and landing. We didn't shut down, instead we taxied back for a short hop to Millville. We waited for a Diamond to land then departed north for KMIV. We had traffic in the area, a King Air landing ahead of us on runway three two. I was number two for a full stop and taxi back.
|Diamond, short final|
|"Take Off Time" - B25 on the ramp at KMIV|
It was windy but a fun flight home. Vince once again did a nice job and this time I had him make the calls to the tower at Wilmington. He nailed all the info, brief, to the point, no ahh's or uhh's, a really nice job. We were directed straight in runway three two report jersey shore line, Vince acknowledged. We transferred controls for pattern and landing, Vince pointing out we're low on the vasi's. (rolls eyes)...I held my altitude and in a blink the lights were split. I must say Vince is pretty sharp, fun to fly with and someday he'll make a great pilot. He did tell me today he'll fly Mary and I around. Great, does that mean I'll be to old or unable to hold a medical? Vince just laughed.
|Final Runway 32|