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Monday, April 26, 2010

Another Rapid Response Trip to Florida

Four of our guys are getting ready to head down to Florida on another Rapid Response trip to help Missionary Flights International. Dale, Ian, Paul J., and Andy will leave Wednesday/Thursday for Ft. Pierce. They're heading south to install the two PT-6 turbine engines they removed from a DC-3 at Preferred Airparts in Kidron, Ohio on the turbine DC-3 already with MFI, N200MF.

The DC-3 in Kidron was recently purchased by MFI and is being prepared for future service with MFI. Because of the high time being accrued on the engines of N200MF flying relief into Haiti, it proved advantageous to remove and ship the engines from the DC-3 up here (Kidron, OH) down to MFI for installation on N200MF. This will allow N200MF to continue flying while its original engines are sent out for overhaul. Here's a video about the guys removing the engines several weeks ago at Preferred Airparts.

Missionary Flights International (MFI) DC3 Engine Removal from Paul Jones on Vimeo.

Another part of the preparation for the trip is fabrication of the hoses necessary to install the engines. Here's Andy fabricating some of the hoses.

Andy organizes hose material and hardware.

Working hardware onto a hose end

Working with hardware in the hose vise

Jim provides his own vise-grip as Andy secures the hardware in and over the hose end.

Thanks for your prayers and gifts which allow us to continue preparing people and planes for worldwide mission service.

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