Prop-Liners of America, Inc.
21 Clearview Drive
Stafford Springs, CT 06076
We would like to announce our new name & location
We are currently in the set-up process which should
be complete by mid-year 2011. We will also be up-dating
out web site to reflect the change.
American Museum of Aviation, Inc.
North Las Vegas, NV
Prop-Liners of America is now a Division of the American Museum of Aviation,
Cactus Air, LLC
Will schedule & operate all museum aircraft
At the very least we will most likely use your airplane to shuttle
flight crews to Airshows and provide flight experience to
our future generations.
American Museum of Aviation is a volunteer, non-profit, 501 (c) 3 organization
under Connecticut laws as a non-stock, non-profit corporation to promote
the restoration, exhibition and flying display of propeller driven airliners
at airshows and open houses throughout the continental United States.
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At the time we found Convair 240 serial #147 it had been in storage for two years without engines or props. It was vandalized in 1996, the damage sustained was due to smoke, heat and fire. The extent of the damage included the aft lavatory, lower rear cargo compartment, some seat cushions, head liner, carpeting and extensive smoke damage.
Currently we have replaced both engines and the starboard side #2 prop.
The port side #1 prop assembly is currently ready for replacement. The
lower aft cargo compartment on the starboard side has been cleaned, inspected,
zinc cromated and a new cargo liner has been installed. The aft lavatory
has been stripped of all panels, inspected, zinc cromated and is ready
for the installation of new paneling and interior fixtures. All other smoke
& fire damaged areas have been completely cleaned and inspected. We
have finished with the corrosion control and replacing of rivets and panels
on the wings. The wing spar was found to be in excellent condition.
The remainder of the restoration will be as follows. The exterior will
be completely stripped down to the aluminum finish and painted in the original
paint scheme and trim of 1949 as delivered.
The interior of the Convair will be as follows, new dark blue carpeting,
the head liner will be replaced, aft lavatory will be completely rebuilt,
forward galley moved aft to original area, damaged seat cushions replaced
as necessary, seat coverings to match the original 1949 interior, crew
seats need recovering, and reconditioning of avionics and cockpit
Upon completion, the Convair 240 will be rededicated the Flagship
Scranton as it was originally delivered on 27 Feb 49. The original tail number will also be retained as delivered, N94270.
This Convair 240 will be the only flying Convair
240 in passenger configuration, all other Convair 240's still flying are
hauling freight. The total number of Convair 240's flying in the world
today is just 7.
Hats off to Trans-Florida Airlines for all their hard work in helping
us to bring this Convair back to flying condition. She has been saved from
the chopping block! Thanks again to Bob, Dan and Tom Willman. We still
have a lot of work yet to go but we are well on our way to gracing our
skys with another Convair!
Wing Spar inspected and in excellent condition
Corrosion control and replacement of rivets & panels completed
All other smoke & fire damaged areas have been cleaned & inspected
Lower aft cargo compartment stripped, cleaned, inspected and zinc cromated
Aft lavatory stripped of all panels, inspected and zinc cromated
New lower aft cargo compartment liner installed
Cleaning of the interior continues
The exterior has received its first bath in 4 years
Starboard side #2 prop and hub assembly have been installed.
Port side #1 prop and hub assembly have been installed.
Electrical & mechanical connections in the aircraft are continuing
at this time.
Waiver received for extended operation of both Props without overhaul provided that all SB's and AD's are current.
Waiver has been pulled on extended Prop operation on one Prop and the other
only a limited time waiver issued.
Decision to overhaul both Prop & Hub assembilies has been made, this will cost the organization about $11,000 however we will have two zero time assembilies when finished. We are currently waiting on Grant and or Donation monies for this.
Electrical power through the use of a GPU has been applied to the Convair
for the first time since 1996. Good News; Wing Flaps and Cowl Flaps operated normal and there were no blown breakers!
SWAT training was conducted in the Convair by local Law Enforcement Officals.
Avionics work is continuing to get the old radios back in operational use.
Interior work continues, Cockpit is receiving much needed TLC and the Passenger
Cabin seats have been cleaned & ArmorAll has been applied.
Up-Dated Pictures on this Link
Cleaning and painting in the Cockpit area is continuing and much progress
is being made. Please follow the link to see our progress. Cockpit Photos
The overhead bin areas have been taken apart and cleaned and reassembled.
This was a much needed job!!
The carpeting has been steam & spot cleaned
Avionics being evaluated & tested for proper operation
Aircraft has been powered washed
POA has performed an inspection and found the Convair
to have extensive corrosion in the wing spar area.
POA sold Convair N1022C to the US Airline Industry Museum in Zellwood,
FL at the Apopka Airport. The former POA Convair was dismantled, moved
& reassembled at the Apopka Airport Sep 2009.
POA has aquired Douglas DC-7B N4889C located in Chandler, AZ at the Memorial
Airport on the GRIC Reservation.
With the help of Int'l Air Response and the GRIC Reservation POA has moved
the DC-7B from the desert to the secure area inside of the security fence
at the Chandler Memorial Airport until funding has been raised to move
the aircraft to Victorville, CA for restoration.
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