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    Alexander, NC, Antonito, CO, Saipan, MP
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    Preservation and conservation of metals and textiles. Gunsmithing pre-45 weapons, including squad operated. Restoration of ejection seats , fine automobiles, and wartime German motorcycles. Also deep wreck diving, cave diving, and tech climbung.
  1. I have had other projects take priority lately, but I did take advantage of the warm weather to finish the seat base and get it painted. So now the seat is mounted on the rail, and needs no other support. I still need to finish making the initiators and a few other things.
  2. Dad tells me that from his first combat mission, which would be late 67, they wore velcro to "sterilize" their flight suits in combat. (USAF, TAC).
  3. Whatever you use, make sure that you rinse it out thoroughly after treatment. Many of those treatments are acidic, and can destroy the material in the long term if not neutralized.
  4. There are two points of view on this. I used take the rank insignia off of flight jackets and suits my Dad and other pilots gave me. Certainly it would have been inappropriate to wear rank insignia on base. Dad actually suggested I put the proper rank on one of his jackets that I had restored. I see it as a tribute to him. If anyone says anything, I would say "this is my Dad's. i am not pretending to be him, I am honering him". It also helps if the item is not a current issue uniform. Some might not agree, and I would enjoy hearing their reasoning.
  5. BlueBookGuy- thank you for the kindness. As far as the radio goes, I am seeking a working model. The standards set for this restoration is that the seat should essentially be flight ready, the exception being no live exposives. That is a pretty hard standard to achieve, but I am trying my best.
  6. Working on too many projects at once, but finished the supports for the rail. There will be an aluminum deck on the stand, but right now, the assembly of the rail and stand weighs slightly under 40 pounds.
  7. FYI- here is the pilot, in a picture taken in Okinawa in July, 1969
  8. I have completed the basic rivet job on the rail, and am now working on mounting the rail to the base. There is still some internal structure to mount in the rail, as well as the seat height adjustment assembly, and the rocket which holds everything together.
  9. The fabrication of the rail components is finished, so I am ready to begin riveting the seat rail together.
  10. One change I have made for this project is mounting the cockpit light on the seat, when it would normally be mounted on a panel near the pilot's left elbow. The bracket, which is a quick release type, is an original new old stock part provided by JPAC.
  11. Well, here is the stand at this point. The stainless rod will go through the rail illustrated in my last post. I expect the rail sections to be ready to pick up tomorrow. I will have to rivet the rail parts together, which should be interesting. Before i started on the seat, I purchased a bunch of surplus tools from Boeing, and a bunch of Milsurp rivets and other fasteners. I have the USAF manuals on riveting specs, and I practiced until I was consistent and acceptible. Anyway, the rail will swivel on the rod, and will be held in position with a turnbuckle system that I have not built yet. The
  12. i was over by the airport and saw, and heard it buzzing overhead. I used to live near Ellington field when they were the Confederate Air Force, and they buzzed us regularly.
  13. I wish I could edit the last post. One extra image crept in, right in the middle.
  14. I have made a wheeled frame, which could be used on any seat. The F-105 seat mounts on a rail in the cockpit, and I am fabricating one of those now. The rail in the aircraft is at a fixed angle, and the height adjustment system allows the seat to ride up and down on the rail. (FYI- the adjustment is not about comfort, it is about sitting with the top of your helmet the proper distance from the canopy for safe ejection). My rail has some slight angle adjustment, centered on the in-flight seat angle, and will have height adjustment based on measurements I took from the chair in my office, which
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