The Restoration, Then & Now
While wiring and avionics work continues to be wrapped up, this amazing view shows you what Vintage Wings Inc. was up against from the start.
After WWII and it's service with the airlines, the former navigator's station was transformed into the lavatory. All original WWII artifacts were disposed of and the area completely rearranged. With microfilm and blueprints, we were able to transform this area back to it's former glory as it would have been in 1942-43.
Radio Operator's Station
After WWII and it's service with the airlines, the former radio station was transformed into the galley. All original WWII artifacts were discarded as well. With microfilm and blueprints, we were able to transform this area as well back to it's former glory as it would have been in 1942-43.
This area had been completely modified when it was a corporate DC-3. We had to remove plywood bulkheads, carpet, insulation, soundproofing, adhesive, mold, and layers of paint to completely start from scratch to replicate the Douglas C-53 blueprints.
Starting with a half finished corporate interior, the team at Vintage Wings Inc. had to completely remove all insulation, modifications, brackets and bracing, air vents and heat ducts, insulation, soundproofing, adhesive, mold, corrosion, and floorboards. The entire cabin was taken down to the frame and the restoration was started from scratch. The cabin interior now includes VIP C-53 passenger seats, troop seats, four litters and mock cargo.
Removed in 1952, every part of this Astrodome and Compass took over 4 years to locate and scrounge. Every piece is accounted for and back in it's original place.
Having removed every single component of the landing gear, each piece was stripped, cleaned and repainted with PPG Aerospace paint. All of the hardware was inspected and parts needing replaced were replaced. Those that were not replaced were blasted and then cad plated. All four struts recieved new packing kits as well. Each gear incorporates a brand new tire from Aero Classics, intertube, brakes, and brake lines.