Friday, October 18, 2013

Strega Canopy Nomination

Photo: Andy Chiavetta

Mojave Experimental Fly-in
Award Nomination

Title: Strega Canopy Repair
Experimenter: David “LD” Hughes and Andy Chiavetta
Category: Build
Aircraft: N71FT P-51D Strega
Date: Sept 11-13 2013
Author: Elliot Seguin

Description: During qualifying for the 2013 National Championship Air Races, Matt Jackson and Strega suffered an inflight structural failure of the canopy.  The canopy shattered and departed the aircraft during flight.  In order to remain in contention for the trophy a new canopy had to be installed before Friday’s heat race.  This required sourcing a new canopy, trimming and fitting that new canopy and installing it in the existing canopy frame on a significantly abbreviated schedule away from their home shops.

Argument:  Installation of a new canopy is not a trivial task in the best of circumstances.  Doing it at Reno on such a schedule and the airplane being able to continue racing is a significant accomplishment.  If the team would have decided to throw in the towel after the canopy came off, no one would have second guessed it. They chose the harder path and were successful.

Photo: Curtis Noble
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