B-25 Sandbar Mitchell – April Restoration Update

Some of the Sandbar Mitchell volunteers with the freshly disassembled left hand inboard wing spar web. (photo via Sandbar Mitchell)
Some of the Sandbar Mitchell volunteers with the freshly disassembled left hand inboard wing spar web. (photo via Sandbar Mitchell)
Some of the Sandbar Mitchell volunteers with the freshly disassembled left hand inboard wing spar web. (photo via Sandbar Mitchell)
The Sandbar Mitchell project made major progress in March.  They have completely stripped down the center section left side to just its front and rear spars. They have de-rivetted the webbing from the rear spar and cleaned the spar caps. They then clecoed the inboard webbing  back into place, but need to replace the outboard webbing due to corrosion issues.
The left hand spar in it's disassembled state, showing the inner webbing clecoed into place. The missing outer web will need remanufacturing due to corrosion issues. (photo via Sandbar Mitchell)
The left hand spar in it’s disassembled state, showing the inner webbing clecoed into place. The missing outer web will need remanufacturing due to corrosion issues. (photo via Sandbar Mitchell)
On a side museum project, the youth volunteers are dissembling a run out R-2800 engine. They will clean the parts, paint where necessary and then re-assemble the engine for display in a Florida museum.
The youth team working on the clapped out R-2800 engine, which they will restore to static display for a Florida museum. (photo via Sandbar Mitchell)
The youth team working on the clapped out R-2800 engine, which they will restore to static display for a Florida museum. (photo via Sandbar Mitchell)
There are also new items coming to the Sandbar Mitchell online store! Click HERE to see.
WarbirdsNews will continue to bring news on this fascinating project as soon as it becomes available. Please click HERE to see our previous stories.   Please also visit the Sandbar Mitchell Team’s website to find out more about the aircraft’s history and how you too can help the project… Or join their Facebook page.

1 Comment

  1. I would appreciate updates on this project! I know a veteran
    that served in the Army Air Corps during World War II as a
    B-25 tail gunner! I think you are doing a splendid job on what
    I’ve seen so far! I myself spent 20 years with Marine Corps
    Aviation – 1967 to 1988, starting with the Vietnam conflict!
    Keep up the wonderful work!

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