Beginning the Final Assembly …

Our visit to the original Spirit of St. Louis at the National Air and Space Museum in Washington, DC in March proved to be highly beneficial. John learned that the fuselage he had built was nearly identical to the original. The month of April found John making a few minor changes to the fuselage structure (such as lowering the instrument panel brackets just a bit) based on the information he…

Spirit Visit

John and I have just returned from a visit to Washington DC, and the National Air and Space Museum where we had the rare opportunity to get “up close and personal” with the original Spirit of St. Louis We had the privilege of not only taking copious photographs, but also detailed measurements of many parts of the aircraft.  These details will help John be able to complete his definitive reproduction…

Bit by Bit …

Bit by bit, piece by piece, John is making progress on the JNE Spirit of St. Louis.   . Despite being laid up for nearly three weeks from late January through the first week of February with a mean flu bug …  John was STILL able to get all the parts for the forward fuel tank and the oil tank ~ fabricated and put together before the end of February. .…

Moving Forward …

We finally made it through the first month of 2015. It’s difficult to see very much progress, but we really HAVE been moving forward. . In between waiting for various parts to arrive so that John can keep moving ahead on the Wright J-5 Whirlwind engine re-build … he has been working on the second fuselage fuel tank and the oil tank.  Both of these tanks fit between the main…

Happy New Year 2015

WOW! 2015 already … how did THAT happen? Does it seem to anyone else that time is speeding up and flying by faster and faster every year? We have a very busy year ahead of us. The goal is for John to get the Spirit fuselage off to the sandblaster in the next few weeks. While she is gone, John will be working on completing the second fuel tank that…

Bringing 2014 To A Close

No matter where you are in the world ~ December has arrived. As I write this the month is nearly half way gone. Soon it will be Christmas Day. John and I would like to wish one and all a very Happy Holiday Season. . With warmest wishes … ~ H