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XFJ-2 Fury: F-86E Modified for Carrier Operations

The first three FJ Fury prototypes were essentially F-86E airframes built at NAA's Los Angeles Division and given relatively minor modifications; all later FJ-2 and FJ-3 models bore more visible changes.

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John H. Rood23/02/2020 04:28:08
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Thanks, guys! I've been clamping the wing jig to a very flat and sturdy 1/2" thick glass table top with good results thus far. The clamps also have helped me forcibly "tweak" the jig to align properly with the rib positions et al. I'm using hard balsa for the spars and the false LE/TE strips. Gluing with Titebond "Thick & Quick" and Titebond II.

John H. Rood23/02/2020 04:34:22
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5 November 1952: Sea Trials aboard the carrier Coral Sea (CVA-43) for the Pax River-based XFJ-2 prototypes.7.jpeg

John H. Rood26/02/2020 21:19:08
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LE, spars, and TE of hard balsa. Joints all cleaned up nicely.

Quick photo-op before securing everything back down on the jig so to (hopefully) ward off any warping.

Next is to box up the spars via the vertical-grain shear webbing and then install hinge blocks and servo mounts.

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McG 696926/02/2020 22:38:52
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Getting there with your wing, John.

Keep up the spirit... yes

Cheers

Chris

Harry Twist26/02/2020 23:23:00
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Hi John, that looks very tidy, nicely done! Loving the hovering background A4 Skyhawk, they do look great in bare wood!

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