Restoration of vintage aircraft - aeroVFR

Posted on September 10, 2020 by François Besse Leave a comment

Three volumes to discover the rules of the art of repairing an airplane to flight condition from a wreck ...

In 2016, the first volume of a trilogy concerning the restoration of airplanes appeared.The third and last of the series was released last year but it is not too late to report it because the amount of information gathered by Nigel Stevens makes it "the" essential resource for any professional refurbishment project.

The data, technical documents, diagrams and photos illustrating the words have been accumulated in nearly twenty years spent transforming a wreck of a De Havilland Chipmunk formerly used by the Egyptian Royal Air Force into a two-seater of collection which, in 2019, won one of the cups awarded during the Grand Prix du Patrimoine.

Thus, in two decades, the author will have come all the way that restorers of old aircraft follow when the work begins with the recovery of a wreck.Thus, the first volume (192 pages), after having approached the choice and project management, presented the conservator's “panoply” before reviewing the knowledge to have in terms of bolts, hardware, metals, interlining and non-metals.

The second volume (206 pages) goes into practice with the transport, dismantling and storage of the wreck, before dismantling and cleaning for inspection of the metal structures.The following chapters deal with the engine, with the engine but also the fuels and lubricants as well as propellers.Nigel Stevens made a career in fuels and lubricants for piston engines on behalf of an oil company, which allows to have some technical but also historical reminders on the specific to the restoration of an airplane are recalled.

Posted Date: 2020-09-12

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