Knight Twister N54A returns...

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  1. Oct 11, 2018 at 3:16 AM #1

    Chris McMillin

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    I picked up KT-85 N54A (number is claimed elsewhere for now) today from Ruston, LA. Carl Robinson happened to run into a mechanic whom the deceased owner's family had managing the sale of all of the airplanes in his estate. The KT-85 was the last one to go.

    Carl and I hand carried the fuselage by using a bench and a ladder to carefully bring the fuselage down from the ceiling with boards through the rungs, then we carried it off of the bench once the gear was installed. Looks like 150 or 140 gear. The bottom wing was badly damaged but the front spar may be okay. Top wing, tail, fuse are all rebuildable.
    I rented a Penske at DFW after finishing a trip this morning and headed east to Ruston. Resting up in the hotel tonight for it's long ride to Tucson tomorrow and Friday.
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  2. Oct 11, 2018 at 3:46 AM #2

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    Well cool Chris looks like a lot of good airplane, so many now days, and so few that care to make them fly, these just may be the good old days, at least for us? Dave
     
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    We were just speaking to this, Dave.
    Joel, our young mechanic connection, had zero knowledge or association with steel tube and wood winged airplanes but was fascinated with Carl's Miniplane racer and agreed to annual it. Hes a smart guy with talent and curiosity and perhaps there will be a bit of a renaissance of these types as younger people are exposed to them.

    Carl got a beautiful new uncut spinner with front and backplate, g meter and 8 day clock found within the many hidden treasures for his finder fee... plus I bought bbq dinner.

    I found a nearly new Sensinich wooden prop in box in the building, but no boxes yielded the C-85 or motor mount!

    Chris...
     
  4. Oct 11, 2018 at 4:06 AM #4

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    If you want to reclaim N54A from short-n-numbers.com, I think the trick may be to attempt to reserve it by mail prior to the renewal date. That way your reservation enters the queue early, but gets processed prior to the online renewal dates from the expiration date. They have renewals automated, so I don't think you'll be able to beat them via the FAA's website.

    Alternatively, I think short-n-numbers charges ~$2000 for two digit plus an alphabetical character tail numbers. I wouldn't expect them to allow it to expire.
     
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  5. Oct 11, 2018 at 5:42 AM #5

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    I know, little creeps.
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  6. Oct 11, 2018 at 3:55 PM #6

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    Good that someone who cares got this thing instead of being scrapped.
     
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    I think she got a good home.
     
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    Your committed now Chris!
     
  9. Oct 12, 2018 at 2:58 PM #9

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    Thanks guys. Here it is in El Paso. 14 hours of driving yesterday. Holiday Inn was looking pretty good. On our last leg starting now, home by 12 noon in Tucson.
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    Come on now that thing is small enough to have taken it on checked baggage.
     
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    Yeah but in today’s world, it probably cost less to rent the truck.
     
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  12. Oct 13, 2018 at 1:43 AM #12

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    Should be committed? Yes, probably!
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    Got to the hangar around 12:30, nice rain fell with solid overcast so drive was cool and no glare.

    The KT-85's history seems clear, it was on it's way to being recovered after spring gear was put on it and the top wing was completely ready to cover, stab and elevator were covered and painted white, fuse was assembled with fin and rudder attached and faired into the turtledeck was all faired into cockpit coaming very smoothly and the whole of the fuse was covered and painted white. New or overhauled Sensenich wooden prop was ready to install. Maybe the engine was a C-85 8F because it has fuses in the panel and wires for lights. The bottom wing needed a rebuild and we found a set of templates for the ribs as if this to be accomplished. For some reason time stood still, it was never completed and it all needs redone.

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    That gear looks really WIDE! How does the spring gear install look in the fuselage...structure I mean.
     
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    Could not have gone to a better home me thinks........
     
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    Back when I looked at it, (6 years ago) Harvey told me he thought the gear was from a 150 and it should be the first thing thrown away. I assured him that if I got it a proper gear would be fabricated and installed. Next thing I heard was that Harvey had died and at that point nobody was talking about what to do with the airplanes.
    Did you get any of the Log Books? There were a couple that had some of the flight history of the plane.
     
  17. Oct 13, 2018 at 7:35 PM #17

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    Kris,
    Not pretty. I’m still wondering about how the structure would take it.

    Thanks Andrew.

    Neil,
    No books, no paperwork. No gas tank, no engine, not too much good. It’s a total rebuild, but it is a pretty good KT-85 and should be restored.

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    Kris, I found all the E-mails I had with Harvey and it includes the copies of many of the log book entries. Send me your E mail and I'll forward them to you. <nsidders@gmail.com>
     
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    Thanks Neil,
    Appreciate it a lot.
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