Looking forward to a Minnesota Spring.
My Dad's here in the Twin Cities and doing much better physically and mentally.
I've enjoyed having him nearer and especially listening to his stories before that library burns.
Just finished a big project at work.
Two Pratt & Whitney R-2800 Radial engines for the Howard Aero 500 that's been based in Europe.
Complete rebuilds of the 18 cylinder beasts that will now roar like it's 1944.
We started the task around the holidays and it'd been a consuming, constant and detailed undertaking as we had to remanufacture a good amount of parts and components ourselves which was a lot of great fun and experience.
This project was particularly meaningful, nearly sacred, to me because these engines are the exact issue which powered the first fighter plane my Father flew, a Grumman F6F Hellcat of VF-32 operating from the USS Cabot in Pacific during the later stages of World War II. It also powered aircraft he flew later in his career as a Naval Aviator, the Chance Vought F4U Corsair and Grumman F8F Bearcat and the McDonnell Douglass C-54 Transport to name a few.
Hopefully I'll get some photos of the project up here when I have the time to go through them all and edit some.
Looking forward to a little time away from the hanger, doing some artwork and perhaps taking a short trip somewhere.
My friend Mark and I are probably going to New York for a couple days soon.
A big THANK YOU to everyone who's helped me through this last year of nutsiness with my Dad's sickness but a special thanks to Brian, Ryan and Tony at TP Aero for keeping my mind and hands busy doing something important and so very near and dear to my heart working on those vintage aircraft.
- Listening to: Le Sauvage's pregame, of course.
- Reading: about Terazenstadt, Czech Rep
- Watching: some gold leaf sizing set up
- Playing: ESPN's U Pickem Challenge
- Eating: What else, cold turkey
- Drinking: Canada Dry Ginger Ale