Burnelli CBY-3 on Public Display at New England Air Museum

FAGEN Restorations


Periodically, we have presented restoration updates regarding the ultra-rare Burnelli CBY-3 Loadmaster (click HERE) at the New England Air Museum in Windsor Locks, Connecticut. Albeit a little late on our part, we are happy to report that the museum’s restoration team has completed their eight year effort to resurrect the sole survivor of this unique blended-fuselage transport. She is now safely ensconced in the museum’s Civilian Aircraft Hangar, following the short journey from the museum’s workshop.

The moving crew, along with NEAM’s Chairman of the Board and President, Bob Stangarone, (second from the left), poses beside their handiwork as the freshly-refurbished Burnelli CBY-3, minus its outer wings, is finally inside the museum’s main display hangar. (image via NEAM)

Restoration Crew Chief, Harry Newman now picks up the story…


Right Wing Installation

With the fuselage in its display position the right wing was moved to the display hangar for installation. The fuselage was placed on jacks to eliminate any movement during the installation process. The wing was then aligned and lifted into the proper attitude to align the four attachment points. Meanwhile, a crew inside the aircraft guided the fine alignment via radio to the lifting crew. When all of the hardware lined up in the proper position the four large mounting pins were driven into place securing the wing.

The Burnelli is now mated back with at least one of its wings! (image via NEAM)

Propellers

Work has been completed on the propellers with the painting of the prop tips and application of the technical data and manufacturer’s decals. The left propeller was then installed on the aircraft, however the completed right propeller was installed later, after the right wing was installed.

Right Propeller Installation

We decided to delay the installation of the completed right propeller to avoid interference when mounting the right wing. Once that was accomplished the propeller was brought out of storage and mounted immediately after the wing installation.

The Burnelli with its wing and both props. (image via NEAM)

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