Manufacturing and Engineering Activities
USN Me 262 Airplane #110639
Fine summer weather finally arrived in Seattle,
Washington in July. Outdoor activities afforded a well-lit arena
from which to make close inspections and constructions. Rapid
progress was allowed in the team effort centered upon the U.S. Navy's
1. In our previous report we indicated
that we would be attempting a mating of the assigned wing with the fuselage.
That activity was successfully completed by mid-month. Mounting
of the engine-to-wing mounts was started immediately thereafter.
Detailed measurements and calibrations were ongoing in this area to
ensure a reasonable match of engine-to-wing, and nacelle-to-wing fitup.
2. New slats and new inboard flaps
have gone through pre-fabrication coordination. They are being
fabricated by our vendor, Hill Stamping, in Auburn, Washington.
3. Landing gear components for both
main gears and the nose gear have been painted in out vendor's facility
on North Paine Field and are now being prepared for re-installation.
4. We have received an original
Me 262 cockpit instrument panel! This panel will be used to
fabricate replica panels for both front and rear cockpit positions.
5. We are building elevators (in-house
fabricated) from reverse-engineered original assembly since no drawings
were available. Components we could not fabricate have been ordered,
built and received. Final assembly of these parts is underway,
and two elevators are being assembled at the same time. The first
set of these parts will be allocated to the USN airplane.
6. The new forward-to-aft nacelle
wing fairings have been recently ordered from All Fab. These are
large assemblies requiring sophisticated manufacturing techniques to
accommodate the multi-contours and skin laps.
7. We have also received as original
Me 262 pitot tube from the Planes of Fame Museum in Chino, California.
This will be reproduced for the USN airplane.