October is now drawing to an end.
The days are getting shorter and we will soon need to turn our clocks back as we prepare for winter to arrive.
The leaves are falling, the winds are blowing and the temperatures are dropping.
Here in the Pacific northwest, we are beginning to experience the typical rainy days and nights that we are known for.
I guess we must accept that autumn is upon us and winter just a month and a half away.
John has been working diligently on getting the Wright J-5 Whirlwind engine ready to go.
Unfortunately, when one attempts to restore an engine that was originally built in the 1920’s, one finds as they go along, there are a myriad of issues they need to overcome.
John has had to search high and low for several of the internal parts he needs for the engine.
Not only are the parts hard to find … they are expensive … since there are so few of them left.
He has been lucky to find a couple of individuals who have been willing to share their knowledge with him in order to overcome some of the seemingly insurmountable hurdles he has run into.
Perhaps if we all collectively keep our fingers crossed, we will be able to find the rest of the parts he needs in order to complete the engine.
Without an airworthy Wright J-5 Whirlwind for a power plant, our Spirit of St. Louis will not be making the 2016 USA tour that we are planning.
If you know of anyone who might have one of these old engines sitting around that they no longer have any use for … please let us know how we might get in touch with them.
Be safe if you venture out on Halloween, and enjoy your autumn!