For a complete list of repairs made during this overhaul, see the Christen Eagle II FOR SALE page.
John Morrisey served as test pilot following the modifications and rebuild. He said it was one of the straightest-flying Eagles he had ever flown, and the smoothest engine he had flown behind in a long time!
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|Replacing broken rib members||Adding gussets||Adding new trailing edge and plywood support||Plywood added, ready to cover|
|Fabric in place, ready for tapes||Creative clamping for re-gluing corner blocks||Fuselage getting overhauled||Sleeving LG longerons per Aviat bulletin|
|Sleeve reinforcement welded and painted||Fuselage wiring||Engine and upper wing installed||Engine detail|
|Interior detail showing new Zolatone paint||Engine cabling and freshly painted fuel tank||Right lower wing in place||Rigging top wings with Pitts/Eagle gauges|
|New mini-panel overlay||Rolling John Morrisey out for first test flight||Nice view of paint job||Gary, the engine expert, looks on|
|The Eagle is landing!||John and Ron discuss a successful first flight||The accelerometer shows -3.8 and +6.6 Gs!|