We pulled the DC-3 out of the hangar this spring and left her outside to let the rain wash all the bird crap off of her. Now this week, my friend Rod (owner of airlinecaptainforaday.com) is here helping me get the engines running and evaluating what it'll take for her to be fully airworthy again. Our first attempt at start-up was a failure. The mags were too wet too fire off. Opening the ports, water poured out of the tubes and battery cables... The hangar is wet, but having her on the ramp for three months in southeast Alaska was wetter... More drying to do before we attempt to fire her up again.
After being stored for the past three years inside the Yakutat WWII Hangar, DC-3/C-47 N91314 came out into the sunshine and we fired her up. LOVE those big, noisy, round engines! We still need to take the right wing off and repair some corrosion spots and send out the props, but I'm hoping to have her airborne by next summer again. Then, we can think about getting her North Africa uniform back on her. Thank you Rod (owner of airlinecaptainforaday.com) for flying all the way up here from Vegas to help me with her.