25 DEC 01
13 DEC 01
BLUE NOSE NEWS Our first jet emerged form the
paint hangar today, and is now wearing it's JG 7 delivery scheme
as White 1. Photos to follow in a few weeks. The crew is now
working to insure that all the fittings, nuts, bolts, safety wire,
etc. are as they should be in anticipated of power on and taxi tests.
The fuel and control systems are also being checked out in preparation
for a very anxious test pilot.
27 NOV 01
12 NOV 01
21 OCT 01
30 SEP 01
05 JUL 01
JV-44 VETERAN VISITS Former
Luftwaffe Me 262 pilot Franz Stigler recently paid a visit
to our production facility, along with a small German delegation representing
the owners of the Red Nose airplane. Oblt. Stigler was
a veteran of some 450 missions, primarily with JG 27, and a multiple
ace with 28 confirmed victories. Stigler was ultimately assigned
to the Me 262, and spent the final weeks of the war flying with Adolf
Galland in JV-44 -- the "Squadron of Experts."
20 APR 01
ME 262 PILOT VISITS We were
recently visited by Dr. Hans Mutke, the former Luftwaffe pilot perhaps
best known for his Mach
1 claims in the Me 262. Mutke was at the controls of White
3 when it was surrendered in Switzerland near the end of the Second
World War. This airplane is now on display in the Deutsches
Museum in Munich.
03 MAR 01
SITE UPGRADES POSTED We have (obviously)
completed our site redesign well ahead of schedule. In this,
our first significant revision in more than two years, we have attempted
to update every page to reflect the most current data, and to improve
navigation and usability site-wide.
We continue to expend most of our energy
on systems work, as the structures themselves are largely complete.
The only remaining structures issue at the moment concerns the attachment
of the leading edge slats. On the original aircraft, these were
simply spot welded into position; however, we may consider a slightly
different means of attachment, as the welds are proving problematic
24 FEB 01
- We added some experienced structural
mechanics to wing manufacture after losing our lead wing mechanic
- We are doing detailed inventories to
assure ourselves we have the needed components to proceed.
- The main landing gears that appeared
complete indeed were not, and have required "rework/remanufacture"
of several key components.
- The majority of our effort is once
again on Blue Nose, as we removed all of the installed controls and
reworked several connections and controls. The reinstallation
of these controls is nearing completion and we are very satisfied
with the results thus far.
- Engine rebuilds are ongoing for two
engines in California. We anticipate actually hanging the engines
on Blue Nose during March and April. Ground testing could begin as
early as this summer.
- All in all, the need for rework and
rebuild of critical components has still been slowing us down, but
we are putting the safety of components first rather than making do
with components that may be questionable.
07 FEB 01
Admittedly, it's been quite some time since we have
posted any significant updates. This has happened on occasion
in the past; however, the latest "blackout" was more the
result of the recent ownership change (finally completed on 10 January
2001) than simple oversight. Further complicating the situation
was the fact that our primary "P.R. man" and esrtwhile webmaster
was offline for an extended period in conjunction with a household
move to the Federal Republic of Germany. These events served
to put us out of the information dissemination business for much of
December and virtually all of January.
The timeline ... where's the promised
timeline??!! In the past three weeks alone, we've received more
than 100 such inquiries via e-mail. The short answer is that
this may be delayed even further, pending issuance of a Memorandum
Of Understanding with the new ownership. In the interim, here's
a quick rundown on the latest developments with the "blue nose"
jet down on the shop floor:
- On the 31st of January the front main
fuel tank was fitted into the fuselage without difficulty.
- The elevator and rudder linkages were
completed on the 30th of January, following an extensive rework of
initial fitting done several years ago at TAF.
- On the 26th, we conducted engine run
ups without the Jumo 004 castings installed. Tests revealed
a minor linkage problem, which is already well on it's way to being
- We are presently in the process of
making the fittings and connections for the pumps and fuel lines that
go into the 900 liter front main tank ... being a critical area in
terms of flight safety, this is expected to take some additional time.
- Although not yet scheduled, engine
run ups will soon commence with the Jumo castings installed,
and mounted upon the aircraft.
30 JAN 01
We are pleased to announce that Classic Fighter Industries,
Inc. has transferred total control of the effort to the WTMF owner's
group, and the project will henceforth be known as the "Me 262
Project." We anticipate no further changes in either ownership
or future staffing of the effort. The work continues, undaunted.
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