Back in May, 2017, WarbirdsNews shared a report HERE by Chuck Cravens detailing the commencement of a restoration on an ultra-rare Beechcraft AT-10 Wichita WWII advanced, multi-engine trainer. As mentioned in the previous article, the project belongs to the Cadet Air Corps Museum and comprises the remains of several airframes, but will be based upon Wichita 41-27322. The restoration is taking place at the world-renowned AirCorps Aviation in Bemidji, Minnesota, and we now have an update on the progress as it stands so far….
The AT-10 at AirCorps Aviation
by Chuck Cravens
It has been a while since we’ve updated on the AT-10 project. It is such a unique warbird that, upon completion, it will be the only flying example of the type in the world.
Last time I wrote about the type’s history and showed how the project arrived at AirCorps Aviation. At the time of that report, restoration work was in a very early stage. As is true of most restorations, early work consists mainly of parts fabrication and preparation to begin the actual assembly. Despite many hours of parts production, until that phase ends, there isn’t a great deal of visually clear progress. Parts fabrication will continue, but now there are enough done to begin some assembly work. That generated the visual progress for this update.
Fuselage Forward Structural Framework
The AT-10 is built primarily of wood, but the fuselage from the rear of the cabin forward and the engine nacelles are metal structures. Those assemblies are in the first part of the restoration schedule.
Many thanks to Chuck Cravens and AirCorps Aviation for this article on their AT-10 project. Should anyone wish to contribute to the Cadet Air Corps Museum’s efforts, please contact board members Brooks Hurst at 816 244 6927, email at firstname.lastname@example.org or Todd Graves, email@example.com. Contributions are tax deductible.