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Our aircraft are maintained at the EAA Flight Center/Kermit Weeks hangar on the north side of Wittman Regional Airport and at Pioneer Airport located behind the EAA AirVenture Museum. Staff A&P/IA mechanics and a core group of volunteers provide the maintenance that keeps these rare airplanes in excellent flying condition.

Our fleet consists of a wide variety of aircraft- from a Powered Parachute to the Boeing B-17. Maintaining these aircraft presents many challenges. Aging aircraft issues, lack of a parts supply and little or no technical data makes it difficult to keep these aircraft airworthy. Thanks to the dedication of volunteers, donors and staff we are able to maintain these aircraft to the highest standards, allowing visitors to experience the past in a safe and enjoyable manner.

The Boeing B-17 is by far the most challenging of our fleet. Each year it flies almost 400 hours over a 6-month period. Our 5 mechanics on staff and 25 volunteer A&P mechanics work hard to keep this valuable piece of aviation history in airworthy condition. Over the winter months, the airplane receives extensive work as part of the “B” Check (12 month) inspection program. Many parts of the airplane are disassembled, cleaned, inspected, repaired and reassembled to ensure reliable operation during the summer flying season. Recently, there have been additional challenges due to issues of corrosion in the wing spars. There has already been a great deal of work accomplished to ensure that the airplane is in airworthy condition. However, an extensive amount of work is still needed to ensure that the airplane is available for future generations to enjoy and appreciate.

While on tour, the airplane is maintained and inspected by volunteer A&P mechanics that travel with the airplane. These people are highly skilled professionals with a strong desire to see the airplane continue flying for many years to come. While on tour, they accomplish required maintenance and inspections and assist with heritage flights and ground tours.

When they’re not working on the B-17, the staff and volunteers maintain other EAA aircraft such as the Ford Tri-Motor, Travel Air E-4000, Waco YKS-7, Young Eagles Glastar and RV-6A’s, P-51 Mustang and more. They also accomplish a very in-depth restoration on a Piper Cherokee 140 that is given away in the EAA Sweepstakes program each year at AirVenture.

Inside the Kermit Weeks Hangar

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