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NOVEMBER NOVEMBRE 

RESTORATION PROJECTS  PROJETS DE RESTAURATION 

2017

PROJECT NORTH STAR  It has been an exciting year for the Project North Star team. Volunteers and conservation staff have focused on the completion of engine 4 power plant accessories and cowl panels.   More than a dozen components have been restored, including the air intake duct, a dozen of the 15 cowl panels, the main and auxiliary radiator flaps, and the engine electrical harnesses. The team’s goal is to restore and use original parts wherever possible; however, when a certain part is beyond repair and no longer available, the team does create new parts. This was the case for two exhaust shrouds (L&R), which were reproduced to match the originals in design and construction, using the originals as a guide. The aircraft was relocated in the reserve hangar on Oct. 19 and work has commenced in preparing for the completion of structural work started on the cabin floor prior to January 2017. Other work planned over winter includes the re-finishing of main cabin floor and wall plywood decking as well as lavatory section. (continued on page 2...)

A volunteer shares the North Star’s progress

On behalf of the whole volunteer team, I would like to thank you for your support of Project North Star over the past 14 years. Your donations have funded the tools and equipment we use day in and day out. You are helping the North Star "shine" once again.

Richard Lodge  President, Project North Star 


Preparations are also being made for the installation of #4 power plant following #4 nacelle, firewall restoration, and the removal of remaining empennage stabilizer and control surface. Your donation today will support the parts and specialized equipment needed for these ambitious projects. As we look ahead to 2018, we hope you will continue with us on the North Star’s journey. Work is almost complete on the #4 power plant

The museum’s Sopwith 2F.1 Ship Camel has now been restored.

OTHER RESTORATIONS   

The cosmetic restoration of the museum's 1918 Sopwith 2F.1 Ship Camel has been completed, and the aircraft is ready for display. All fabric surfaces were replaced with new doped linen, and new tires and Palmer wheel covers were installed on the rims. No major structural work was done at this time, and the engine, panels and cowls were not touched. It will eventually be displayed in flying attitude on a pillar in the museum, but in the meantime it is being stored in our reserve hangar. A Mercedes DVIa engine 260 hp is being restored for static display on the museum's AEG G.IV aircraft. It is in the process of being dismantled, and the top end is currently being cleaned up, protected and reassembled. The next step will be to work on the bottom end. Thank you for helping make the cosmetic restoration Sopwith 2F.1 Ship Camel possible. Your donation today will help make more of these restoration successes possible.

Restorations Bulletin 2017 - Canada Aviation and Space Museum  

This report includes the latest news on Project North Star, as well as recently completed work on the Sopwith Camel.

Restorations Bulletin 2017 - Canada Aviation and Space Museum  

This report includes the latest news on Project North Star, as well as recently completed work on the Sopwith Camel.

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