|This is the way I pack MY trailer. The heck with those other guys. My trailer is better than theirs. I start out with one-half of an upper wing laying flat in the trailer. There are cut-outs in the floor of the trailer for cabame/interplane strut attach tangs and aileron bellcrank- push rod. Note the high-dollar Sears Best rug pad on the sides and bottom of the trailer.|
|Next, I put in the lower wings with padding between them and the upper wing and themselves. A detachable pitot tube would be a nice thing but would also add time to assembly and disassembly. You make the call. You can see the next big layer of foam ready to roll on to separate the lower wings from the last upper wing half.|
|Then the remaining upper wing half is put in flat side up. Note: the aileron horn/pushrod and interplane/cabane wing attach points are pointing up. So, at this point, I put in some padded boards running from side to side for the stab/elevator (which are left assembled, again to cut down on the time) to be sandwiched between.|
|Ready for the lid. The stab/elevator is captured between the padded boards which are screwed into saddles on the side of the box. The boards keep the elevator control horns from touching the upper wing half underneath. The rudder and interplane struts are in foam "envelopes" and just placed in the trailer. There's room for the gun, posters, wind shield and tools in the voids. IT REALLY WORKS SWELL!!!!!|
|Dick and Sharon Lemons check over the final tie-down before departing from St. Louis. The foam on the tail post keeps the rudder and elevator cables from whipping against the fuselage while trailering. Note the tail wheel track on the top of the trailer. Works great!|
|At the U.S. Air Force Museum's bi-annual WWI fly-in we assembled the planes in the restoration facility's hangar. What a splendiferous surrounding to work on a plane. It was a real hoot!!! I can't wait for the fly-in in 2003.|
To see how we take our top wings apart, Click Here.