Work to rebuild the wing of the flying replica of Sir Charles Kingsford Smith’s Fokker F7/3M Southern Cross will now proceed after the structure passed a vital deflection test. The wing was recently inverted and mounted in a heavy steel support, and then loaded with bricks supplied by local company M J Rowles. Seen in the photo is the aircraft design engineer Bill Whitney with the team of HARS engineers led by Geoff Timms (Project Manager) and Jim Thurstan (Project Engineering Manager). Also seen are some of the University of NSW Engineering Students and cadets from 338 Air Cadets squadron who ably assisted with the task.
The broken wing will now be placed in a temperature controlled room so that rebuilding of the wooden structure can commence. Work is also well underway on the undercarriage, engines and propellers.