Tuesday, July 13, 2010
Have a seat!
An unmarked door of an anonymous hangar at the Bellingham Airport is guarded from squirrels by a viscous dog. Inside, a team works to restore a rare F-89 Scorpion.
Yes, this is the original rear cockpit blast screen. Lots of elbow grease made it good as new.
The radome looks good as new.
And how about that front cockpit?
But today was a big day. First the Radar Observer's ejection seat dropped in.
Hal and Einar took a minute to plan the installation of the front seat.
And they were all smiles after it dropped into place.
Einar took a moment to contemplate what it must have been like to be a twenty-something 2nd Lt. with two live nuclear weapons under the wing, ready to defend the United States.
The F-89 now has both seats in her.
Hal fitted the restored grip to the pilot's joystick.
Safety First!!! The original trigger safety is attached to the restored grip.