Curtiss Jenny Restoration

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Thursday, November 03, 2011

Aileron cables

Ron and Brian got the last aileron taped the other night.



The lower cross brace (where the sheet metal attached on the belly) was given its copper ends and drilled.



Here is the brace in place. The fitting will be painted black soon.



One of the things that needed to be done before the fuselage gets covered is the aileron cable. It travels a really funky route but works pretty well. Follow me on this:

The aileron cable starts on the outside of the fuselage and goes around the forward pulley.



It turns rearward and goes past the aft pulley and goes over the fan. The cable then goes down through a hole and across the fan to the other side. It exits another hole, travels back abouve the fan and out the other side.



There is a two-bolt fitting that locks the cable to the fan.



Pretty neat....eh? Because the ends of the cable get woven and the weave will not fit through the little holes in the fan, the ends have to be woven after the cable has been routed.



Each end sticks out 16 inches. Eventually, another cable attaches to this short piece and goes all the way to the aileron.



Had two visitors today! Bart Vancompernolle was visiting his brother in Atlanta and they drove down to see the Jenny.



Bart lives in Belgium and we share a passion for airplanes. In my case it is old airplanes. In his case, it is Radio Control model airplanes. We had a great visit and I hope they return again someday.

More soon

Brian

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