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Setback for our Nieuport 24 Aircraft

Posted by on Nov 26, 2014

At The Aviation Institute of Maintenance in Chesapeake, Virginia USA we have a setback of our Nieuport 24 (N24) aircraft we are building. After we disassembled and returned the aircraft back to the school from the Biplanes and Triplanes airshow we noticed some glue separation on some ribs. Upon further investigation this turned out to be true on numerous lower wing ribs. The lower wing ribs were varnished first and then the cap strip was glued to the ribs. This was the cause of the discrepancy, the cap strips should have been glued onto bare wood not a varnished piece. The work that has been done to build this aircraft has been very good, just this mistake which was found will push our completion date forward, but we need to fix this now. We are now in the process of checking all the lower wing ribs for any more separation. Please see the pictures of the new ribs and the old ribs that were removed so far.

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