AIM Chesapeake Virginia is still working on their WW1 Nieuport 24 for the Great War Aircraft Project
The student project of building a World War One aircraft has had many students volunteering their time after class and on their non-school day (Friday). Building something as truly unique as this WW1 Nieuport 24 aircraft takes a lot of volunteers. Here are some pictures of some of those people as they keep up the build.
One of our graduates who has dedicated many, many hours is Gary Garnes. Gary is pictured below checking the position of a small metal plate for alignment. Gary completed the program here at the Aviation Institute of Maintenance in Chesapeake, Virginia and is in the process of passing his Oral and Practical tests.
In our next pictures, Christian Pinto is priming the torque tubes before any corrosion sets in. Since our geographic area is high in humidity, we take care in protecting bare metal as soon as we can.
Checking the level is Marcus Cook. He is also pictured looking in a parts book for an item. Most of the parts for this WW1 Nieuport 24 aircraft are manufactured here at our school by the students. But some items, like turnbuckles, are purchased in the open market.
Checking for correct spacing of the rivet location is Shirleen Bergren. Holding the tool and will mark the correct location with a marker makes the spacing correct.
Robert Jones is working with Mr. Dudley lining up tubing for inspection. Sometimes it takes many hands and eyes to make sure things are correct.
Pictured here is Chaz Ryder busy at it again making more brackets for the WW1 Nieuport 24.
Student Spotlight – Marcus Cook
Marcus Cook is a Navy veteran and enjoyed his job as an Aviation Structural Mechanic while serving in the Navy. He learned a lot in the Navy, but now he said he wants to take it to the next level. He wants to become a professional in the civilian aviation world and get his FAA Airframe and Powerplant certification. He is using the skills he already has and is learning new ones. Sheet metal was his favorite class but he also enjoyed Fluid Lines, Wood Structures and Reciprocating Engines. He enjoys working on the WW1 Nieuport 24 and builds a lot of pieces for this aircraft. He spent many years on the same aircraft carrier his father did and now he is on his way to a new career as an A&P mechanic.
“Study hard and be ready for those tests in class. Use all the resources the school has and learn all you can!” – Marcus Cook