Keeping those NATCAP aircraft looking spiffy!

On Saturday morning, senior members from National Capital Wing gathered at Davison Army Airfield on the National Guard ramp to apply a little bit of elbow grease to our fleet of three Cessnas.

Senior members from National Capital Wing getting down to business.  Photo by 2nd Lt. Mark Patrick.
Senior members from National Capital Wing getting down to business. Photo by 2nd Lt. Mark Patrick.

In addition to vacuuming them inside and cleaning them externally from nose to tail and wingtip to wingtip, our volunteers refreshed and reorganized the maintenance accessories in the cargo area of each aircraft.  Despite the government shutdown and some limitation on CAP activity, the care of our aircraft was not neglected!

According to CAP Regulation 66-1, “Aircraft shall be washed at least every 6 months to prevent corrosion and enhance the aircraft’s appearance.”  Saturday’s aircraft wash insured that our aircraft remain in compliance with this requirement.

In addition to maintaining our aircraft, senior members had a chance to catch up and socialize with one another, one of the highlights of participation in all CAP activities, whether related to emergency services, aerospace education, or cadet programs.

Lt. Col. Tom McGrath refreshes the aircraft service accessory kit on one of NATCAP's aircraft.  Photo by 2nd Lt. Mark Patrick.
Lt. Col. Tom McGrath refreshes the aircraft service accessory kit for one of NATCAP’s aircraft. Photo by 2nd Lt. Mark Patrick.
Lt. Col. Lou Volchansky vacuums out the cabin.  Photo by 2nd Lt. Mark Patrick.
Lt. Col. Lou Volchansky vacuums out the cabin. Photo by 2nd Lt. Mark Patrick.

 

Capt. Claude Salch makes scrubbing the top of an aircraft look like pure joy! This is how Tom Sawyer got somebody else to paint the fence. Photo by 2nd Lt. Mark Patrick.