Flying wire through landing gear fairing on WWI aircraft at aviation career school
Flying wire through landing gear fairing
insert for flying wire on WWI aircraft at aviation career school
insert for flying wire
Landing gear flying wires and fairing on WWI aircraft at aviation career school
Landing gear flying wires and fairing

The students here at the aviation career school (Aviation Institute of Maintenance) in Atlanta worked on fitting the landing gear flying wires this week. The plans for our WWI Sopwith 1 1/2 Strutter aircraft did not show how or where the wires passed through the fairing so we came up with a way.  We took a piece of spruce and made it into a cylinder and then drilled out the center. Then, we drilled the gear fairing at an angle and inserted the spruce tube.  This solution worked great and looks good. We have to wonder if the same method might have been used by some aviation maintenance technicians back in WWI.

The students at our aviation career school will finish the airbrake locking handle today and then it is back to working on the center section and the attach fittings for the wings.  All said and done, this was a very productive week on our Sopwith Strutter build.

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