WING KIT CONSTRUCTION - Photo Page 12.
June 24, 2003: I managed to finish the final
assembly of the LEFT fuel tank today. I made a final check of it on the wing and
then put the tank aside to allow the sealant to cure. I also took the LEFT wing off
the construction jig and put it in the storage caddy. Then of course I had to put
the RIGHT wing skeleton on the wing jig with clecos. It is ready for final
You can see where I just left the rivet squeezer hanging on the rear main spar when I decided it was time to quit for the night. The current total hours on the project now stands at 490+ hours. That is the RIGHT wing tank in the far left of the picture still waiting its turn to be sealed up. You can see the LEFT wing in the background sitting in the roll-around cart with the trailing edge UP. I have taken down the aileron, flap, and fuel tank construction drawings from the wall to reveal the wing prints again.
June 26, 2003: This was the day I worked
past 500 hours on the aircraft. As you can see below, I
have installed the leading edge on the wing skeleton and it is fully riveted in place.
I have also clecoed the wing walk doubler and the top skins to the skeleton and
riveted the wing walk doubler area completely to the skeleton. I have also put some
rivets in the two ribs at the wing tip end of the skeleton. I am making sure there
is NO twist to the wing as I rivet it all together.
June 28, 2003: As you can see below, I have
finished the riveting of the top skins on the RIGHT wing.
I have also added the aileron hinges to the right wing and one of the three flap
hinges is riveted in place, but they don't show up in this picture -- just the absence of
lots of clecos.
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