A visit to the hangar of the Minnesota Wing of the CAF
Fleming Field, South St.Paul, Minnesota
Pictures by Max Haynes

Spring is a busy time around the hangar, over 30 members were there last Saturday, the 18th of March. There is much to be done to assure the planes will be ready for the MNCAF Wings of Freedom Air Show that is just weeks away now. If you like aviation mechanical work, this is a great place to hang out on Wednesdays and Saturdays, from now until late Fall. We also have need for folks in a whole host of other areas, so please consider joining this friendly group of women and men who keep these birds flying in honor of our veterans. Click here for more information on how you can join right now at a reduced cost. But the best way to join is to come down to the hangar, and see what's going on that might interest you.
One plane I did not expect to see at the hangar was our B-25, Miss Mitchell. She was scheduled to depart for points southwest and west but was delayed due to a problem with one of her carburetors. Pilot Terrel Stern surveys the engine work while copilot Doug Rozendaal made calls all over the midwest looking for a replacement carburetor.
Mechanic Larry Utter prepares to lift the air intake doohicky to get at the faulty carburetor.
The B-25's wing reflects in the oil of the giant oil catcher. Pieces of the engine cowling lay on the edges of the pan.
Larry Utter and Jim Lauria reach deep inside the engine compartment to free the carburetor. Jim's wife Amy, also a member of the CAF, left firm but friendly instructions that Jim was to be home for supper. Working on these old birds can make the hours fly away!
Update: It turns out that a carburetor could not be found in time and the mission was scrubbed. That's the way it happens sometimes, better safe than stranded at another field somewhere.
The other planes in MNCAF's collection were also being worked on. This rack holds much of the skin of our BT-13.
I always wondered how they got in there to access all of the moving parts, now I know. An active member of our organization can expect to fly in this back seat during the summer flying season.
This shot kind of reminds me of a dinosaur skeleton in a history museum. Only this piece of history is not extinct and will be back in the air soon.
The invisible plane!
Steve Zoelle, Bob Wright and Ken Fudge discuss the engine of the Harvard. There is always plenty to do at the hangar but especially in the Spring.
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