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More visual progress

Posted by on Jul 23, 2012

Sometimes you just have to put the parts in place to see how far you have come.

Checking the Wings for Fit

Posted by on Jul 16, 2012

Here we are checking to see how things will fit and also to give the students and faculty visual progress

The lower wings are almost ready for fabric

Posted by on Jul 10, 2012

The Nieuport takes another step closer to completion as the students get ready to install the fabric covering on the lower wings.

Matt Wright, Dan Nibbe and Sherri-Sharpe Folsom are preparing the lower wing for covering

Indy’s Nieuport 11 logging miles, but still moving ahead

Posted by on Jun 26, 2012

Like the Morane in Kansas City, the Nieuport 11 in Indy has been logging some miles going to fly-ins.  The Nieuport was on display with the Morane at the Air Force Museum Fly-in at Dayton last fall.  Additionally, it has made some other trips closer to home.

On display in Dayton you can see the work accomplished on the fuselage

Robert Leming installing the top former for display at the Indianapolis Air Show


 Work on the fuselage has  been going quite well, and the engine has been installed. We are still in the  process of adding an oil filter and fuel pump before we can run the engine, but

that should happen soon. We are also going to do some re-work to the seat, to  ensure that it would meet current standards for in-flight loading. The  instrument panel is also ready for installation.

Lower wings are complete and matched to the fuselage. Next step covering.

We are now in the process of covering the lower wings.  Then it will be two down, and two to go, and we start the upper wings.  By the way, the lower wings are considerably less difficult than the upper ones will be.  Nieuport used a single spar on the lower wings, and there are no ailerons.

Comparing Nieuport

Posted by on Jun 21, 2012

Instructor Dan Jarrett instructing his students on the difference between the radial engine and a horizontally opposed engine cylinder arrangement.