Jay Lake (jaylake) wrote,
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[photos] Australia: B-24 Restoration

Shortly after leaving Werribee Open Range Zoo, we drove past a sign advertising a B-24 restoration in progress. catvalente was indifferent to a 70-year-old warbird (being sane and all) but jackwilliambell and I were compelled to visit the project.

A team of folks working under a nonprofit umbrella have been working for some years on restoring an RAAF B-24 to flying condition. The airframe had been in someone's backyard as a shed for many years. Wings were sourced from a wreck site in the jungles of Papua New Guinea. Portions of the tailplane came from an aviation salvage yard in the United States, while other portions were fabricated as part of the project.

We received a tour from a pleasant and garrolous old gentleman who'd served as a gunner on an Australian B-24 during WWII. The hangar included maps and displays of the history of the aircraft type in the RAAF, but mostly it included the B-24 itself.

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The welcoming sign.

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The old bird her own self.

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Starboard wing with engine mount.

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Nose assembly.

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Peering up at the interior from the port side.

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A turbocharger for one of the engines.

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Another turbocharger installed in place.

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Electrical box (I think) with Pratt & Whitney logo.

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Oxygen cylinders.

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Cockpit assembly, nearly fully restored.

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Turbo boost selector.

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jackwilliambell and our guide inspect one of the enormous radial engines.

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The same rogues discussing the airframe.

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Our guide, his own self.

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Model tri-motor created for promotional purposes.

As usual, more at the Flickr set.

© 2010, Joseph E. Lake, Jr.

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