31 October 2016
A modification on the Canadian version of the H-44 helicopter was a life raft and survival gear located just behind the cockpit, with access on the port side. Greg, Larry (and Peter) have extracted the modification panel from a salvaged piece of the 592 front fuselage and now begin a major reconstruction of the U.S. H-21 front fuselage. Paul, Don and Mac have refurbished the nose gear by completely disassembling, cleaning and painting. Refurbished wheels and rims are waiting for new tires to arrive
27 SEPTEMBER 2016
More prep and painting on the H-44 helicopter today. A special presentation to Gregor, our TSP guru.
Photos by Malcolm Uhlman
Larry has finished painting the main landing gear struts and is cleaning the wheel assemblies......Mike is cleaning the wheel assemblies of the front steering wheel......Peter and Greg have cleaned and prepped the entire inside bottom of the forward fuselage and covered with temporary plywood for a solid workspace to begin repair of the forward fuselage.....Don and (Mac) have disassembled the forward steering assembly, cleaned and paint stripped and are ready for reassembly and repainting.
23 SEPTEMBER 2016
BR...Paul Blinn (team leader), Peter Miller, Greg MacWah FR...Larry Abbott, Mac Uhlman, Chris Young
PIASECKI H-44 HELICOPTER RESTORATON
VH-44 Helicopter update.......the team is finishing off painting the white stripe on the rear fuselage and the engine bay doors. Attention now has focused on the forward fuselage first by stripping out and repairing the floor sections; stripping paint and prepping the main landing gear struts and beginning repair on the front wheel assembly.
In the summer of 2013, the forward half of the fuselage of the Museum's H-44 helicopter arrived at Greenwood from Wetaskiwin, AB; the rear half and remaining pieces arrived to complete the package. Museum Project Coordinator, Dave Saulnier, travelled there and liaised with volunteers from 408 Squadron at Edmonton, once again, for the loading of the remaining fuselage and parts. Photos
Byron Reynolds, Director of the Reynolds Heritage Preservation Foundation, Wetaskiwin, AB, recognized the significance of this particular aircraft to Greenwood and arranged the transfer from the Foundation to the GMAM. Mr. Reynolds, a former 404 Squadron Honorary Colonel, has been one of the Museum's greatest supporters, having made available the basics of the Anson and Bolingbroke aircraft restoration projects, many parts and much technical information.
The H-44 airframe, number 592, flew at RCAF Station Greenwood in the 1950's with 103 Rescue Unit. The restoration scheme will reflect this aircraft and will be displayed in the GMAM Airpark, representing another aircraft type flown from Greenwood.