We have just had the pleasure of having meet both managers and conservationists from Forsvarsmuseet, Jærmuseet and museum in Bodø. In addition to inspect aircraft, they gave us clear advice on what methods we can choose from ready to take care of the plane, in both the short and the long term. We got them learn that there are two very different methods to choose from. One is to disassemble the aircraft completely and physically clean of salts and removing corrosion. The second is to wipe the plane completely out and not provide it any kind of preservative. This latter method involves the aircraft permanently be kept under very stable conditions with a relative humidity down to 15%.
It is gratifying to confirm that we are on the right path when we opted to dry out the hall where wings, center section and most of the parts that we have dismantled from the aircraft is stored. Interestingly, it is of course also to hear that there is a very clear correlation between the advice we were given by Professor Thorfinn Harbor, and the views and experiences communicated from professional expertise in Defense- Bodo museums.
Should one be able to stop corrosion in all the materials that the plane is composed of, we have yet a lot to strive for. We have the good days have seen a humidity down on 30% relative humidity in the hall. Unfortunately, we are also affected by this success. Trek wire which is used in parts of the end walls have dried out and we now have a considerable air leakage through this. We need to prioritize to get rectified before we can implement new measures to further get lowered relative humidity down ideal that is 15%.
We must therefore now a priority to continue to work to lower the humidity outside in the hall, while we still have a lot of work left to do to improve the way we have structured warehouse on. When winter temperatures do dat little deadlines to work further out in the hall, it is still our plan to begin working to rebuild the nose and cockpit sections.