Progress has started on disassembling the right side of Sandbar Mitchell’s center section. The team has removed both the front and rear main tanks as well as the right engine nacelle along with the hydraulic and fuel lines.
The museum has a new volunteer named Jim who has experience working on other WWII aircraft including the restoration of the Yankee Air Museum’s B-17G “Yankee Lady”. They have also made progress on the static display R-2800 engine, including the removing the front row of cylinders. Once restored to static condition, the engine will be available for sale/trade to help acquire parts and services for the Mitchell.
The team also traveled to Port Clinton, Ohio to pick up their second donated R-2600-29 engine core. The engine appears to the perfect starting point for a fresh overhaul.