WORK PARTY FRIDAY, MAR 1st 2019 TO TRANSPORT THE RIGHT WING TO JEFF LEWIS'S FACILITY FOR PAINTING.

Volunteers: Grant Rush, Floyd Jones, Milon Whittier, Dave Libby, & Gary Clark

Milon Whittier, Floyd Jones, & Dave Libby Ready the wing for transport!
Grant Rush begins the process
Big Tex is placed into position
Grant secures the wing carrier to the trailer
Loading the wing carrier onto the trailer begins!
With Milon in the lead, the convoy heads out from the AASF to Jeff Lewis Autobody in Keizer
Milon & Floyd assist with the offload!
Offloaded safely at Jeff Lewis Autobody's facility! Thanks Grant!

SAT, FEB 23rd 2019 WORK PARTY TO WASH & PREP THE RIGHT WING FOR PAINTING.

Volunteers: Floyd Jones, Milon Whittier, Steve Forester, Art Mauer, Bob Swift, Dennis Stallings. Jason Baldy, Aero Larson, Jim Brown, & Gary Clark

With help from Grant Rush and the boom truck provided by Richard Voltin of Dick's Heavy Equipment Repair in Lyons Oregon, the newly painted left wing was removed from the wing carrier now at the AASF and the right wing was then uploaded to the carrier and moved to the wash rack for cleaning & paint prep. Both Grant & Richard have been a tremendous help with logistics throughout this project! Our considerable thanks to them both!

Richard Voltin & Grant Rush
Milon Whittier on the wand!
Jason Baldy on the brush!
Floyd Jones, Dennis Stallings, & Aero Larson at the ready!
David Libby arrives from the C‐12 Hangar with the tug!
The wing carrier built by Grant Rush has been invaluable resource!
THE RIGHT WING IS PREPPED & READY FOR PAINT!
L to R: Floyd Jones, Milon Whittier, Steve Forster, Art Mauer, Bob Swift, Dennis Stallings.

FRI, FEB 1st 2019 GRANT RUSH, MILON WHITTIER, FLOYD JONES, & JIM BROWN BRING THE PAINTED LEFT WING BACK TO THE AASF FROM JEFF LEWIS AUTOBODY IN KEIZER!

Aah, the smell of fresh paint in the afternoon!
Grant Rush
Milon Whittier, Jim Brown, & Floyd Jones

FRIDAY JAN 25th 2019 WE MOVED A LARGE GROUP OF PAINTED PARTS FROM JEFF LEWIS AUTOBODY IN KEIZER BACK TO THE AASF!

Participants: Grant Rush, Arlan Schendel, Floyd Jones, Allen Barss, Dennis Stallings, Milon Whittier, Joe Meek , & Gary Clark

Engine Baskets View #1
Engine Baskets View #2
Carefully loading the freshly painted tail feathers!
On the road to the AASF!
Quick stop to check tie downs & straps!
ALL PAINTED PARTS SAFELY RETURNED TO THE AASF! WELL DONE GUYS!
L to R: Grant Rush, Arlan Schendel, Floyd Jones, Allen Barss, Dennis Stallings, Milon Whittier, & Joe Meek

SATURDAY NOV 10th 2018: WE CONTINUED PREPPING THE FUSELAGE FOR PAINT.

Work Crew: Gary Clark, Stan Rolfness, Matt Christensen, Floyd Jones, Jim Brown, & Milon Whittier.

Milon on the sander!
Jim Brown sanding the wing stubs
Floyd Jones on the underbelly!
Stan Rolfness preps the left side!
Gary Clark on the sander!

SUNDAY OCTOBER 21st 2018 WE WASHED & STARTED PREPPING THE FUSELAGE FOR PAINT!

Work Party: Floyd Jones, Jim Brown, Milon Whittier, Gary Clark, Arlan Schendel, & Art Mauer

Floyd Jones starts the wash down!
Our thanks to Jim Brown for scheduling our work parties
Then it's back into the hangar!
Art Mauer starting at the tail, working forward!
Milon preps the area immediately aft of the speed brakes.
Arlan Schendel sanding orange paint left from a Navy sensor test.
Back half almost done, while the front half is left for the next work party.

A #926 WORK PARTY WAS HELD ON WED, OCT 10TH, 2018 TO PREP THE LEFT WING, LEFT& RIGHT TAIL ASSEMBLIES, & SLAR BOOM

In preparation for this work party, the painted parts from the Jun 5th work party were relocated to a commercial self storage unit near the Salem AASF on Sep 4th with Aero Larson, Art Mauer, Allen Barss, Phil Bruner, Floyd Jones, Dennis Stallings, Gary Clark, & Milon Whittier providing the manpower for that move. Monday afternoon Sep 17, Milon Whittier, Dave Libby, & Mike Becker cleaned the left wing at the AASF. Tuesday evening Sep 18th with help from Milon Whittier, Floyd Jones , & Jim Brown, the left wing was then transported to the Jeff Lewis Auto Body facility in Keizer by Grant Rush utilizing the great "Wing Transporter" Grant had built for the Project! On Sat Oct 6th, Milon Whittier, David Libby, Floyd Jones, Mike Becker, & Dave Welter cleaned the left & right tail assemblies and SLAR boom, then Milon & Floyd transported those to the Jeff Lewis Autobody paint facility that same day. With a great turnout of 11 volunteers, the Wed Oct 10th Work Party made quick work of prepping the left wing, SLAR boom, and left & right tail assemblies for paint. Work Party Volunteers: Milon Whittier, Pete Nunenkamp, Phil Galvin, Art Mauer, Lonnie Lucas, Floyd Jones, Len Kaufman, Phil Bruner, Allen Barss, & Stan Rolfness, and Gary Clark.

Painted parts are moved to Self Storage on Jun 5th, followed by the "Wash Down" of the left wing at the AASF on Sep 17th

The left wing is moved on Sep 18th to Jeff Lewis Autobody using the "Wing Transporter" designed & built by Grant Rush

Oct 6th "Wash Down" of the SLAR Boom & Tail Assemblies

Oct 10th Work Party to prep the Left Wing, SLAR Boom, & Tail Assemblies for paint

#926 PAINT & RESTORATION WORK CONTINUED AT JEFF LEWIS AUTOBODY ON JUN 5TH, 2018.

Volunteers: Aero Larson, Milon Whittier, Jim Mair, Philip Galvin, Pete Nunnenkamp, Bob Swift, Allen Barss, Dennis Stallings, & Gary Clark.
Aided by Jeff Lewis shown working on the grinder in the 3rd photo center column.

#926 RESTORATION WORK CONTINUED AT JEFF LEWIS AUTOBODY ON MAR 17 & 24, 2018.

Volunteers: Arlan Schendel, Milon Whittier, Jason Baldy, Jeff Warden, Lauren Paine, Floyd Jones, Gary Clark, Dale Lampson, Bob Swift, & Phil Bruner

A 2ND #926 RESTORATION WORK PARTY WAS HELD AT SALEM AASF ON TUESDAY, OCT 24, 2017

These items & the fuselage will undergo final prep for repainting at the jeff lewis autobody facility in keizer oregon where fine-grit walnut shell media blasting will be used to remove existing paint & surface contaminants.

Left to Right; front row.: Mike Becker, Jim Mair, Jim Martichuski, Pete Nunnenkamp, Dennis Stallings, Joe Meek, Bob Swift, Milon Whittier

Left to Right; Back Row. Gary Clark, Steve John, Lyle John

Progress!
We moved #926's Fuselage to Salem Auto Body's Paint Hangar for Final Detailing & Paint

On Thursday 5/26/2017 Mohawk #926's fuselage was moved from Salem Army Aviation Support Facility (AASF) across Salem Airport's Runways to Salem Auto Body's paint facility for final prep & re-paint. Paint samples were matched with Mohawk #902 in the Evergreen Aviation Museum in McMinnville, OR to verify 641st MI BN unit colors. Paint color was a perfect match!

David Libby Ready to Tow

About to leave the AASF and enter the taxiway

Route to the Salem Auto Paint Facility

Through the AASF Gate and cleared across Taxiway B by Salem Tower to hold at Runway 13/31

Crossing Runway 13/31 & Approaching Runway 34/16

Across Runway 34/16 and headed for Taxiway C along the Parking Ramp

Left turn onto Taxiway C at the Parking Ramp, continuing Southbound.

Gary Clark & David Libby carefully moving #926 Southbound on Ramp Taxiway C

Right Turn Westbound toward Exit Gate to Salem Auto Body's Paint Facility across Airway Dr SE

Crossing 25th St SE/Airway Dr SE and entering Salem Auto Body's Paint Facility

Safe inside Salem Auto Body's Paint Facility!

Jim Brown unhitching the tow bar with Salem Auto Body's Mgr. Jimmy Bernard standing by.

#926 Fuselage ready for final detailing & paint!

#926 Restoration Work Party held at Salem AASF on Saturday, May 20, 2017

Photos of subsequent work parties to follow!

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Standing from left to right: Milon Whittier, Lyle John, ­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­ Bob Swift, David Libby, Mike Welter, Bill Ryan, Mike Becker, Rick Thomas, Allen Barss, Gary Clark

Kneeling from left to right: Phil Galvin, Floyd Jones, Paul Zenchenko