Day 3 (Final Assembly)
Things moved at such a rapid pace today that the aicraft was fully assembled and rolled out of the hangar by lunchtime. Clearly the team assembling the aircraft have had a lot of practise! Over the next week or so we will move the aircraft into its final display position in the hangar alongside new display cabinets where it will become a cornerstone of our displays on the rich aviation heritage of New Zealand.
|The undercarriage is lowered so that it can finally stand on its own legs
|The tail section is manouvered onto thespecial lifting dolly
|The two halves of the fuselage come together with a push and a shove
|Bolts are tightened to secure the two halves together
|THe fuel drop tanks are lifted into position (you would'nt do it that way if they were full)!
|Fixing and fittings are joined and connections checked
|First look in the cockpit. It's pretty tight in there! A shame that some of the Project Kahu avionics has been removed for security reasons
|Tony "Hank" Hancock and the team of RNZAF engineers pose in front of their completed assembly project the Douglas A4K Skyhawk NZ6201