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Flight Adventures!
Flight Testing
First Flight!
WA to CA move
Finishing Stages
Firewall Forward
Panel & Electrical
Fuselage
Wings
Empennage
RV-6A Paint Job
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RV-6A Home Finishing Stages Firewall Forward Fuselage Panel & Electrical Wings Empennage
 

The RV-6A fuselage structure construction has many stages, progressing from the skeleton and initial skinning being done with the fuselage built upside down in the jig, to the big step of removing the fuselage from the jig and "flipping" it over into the "canoe" stage, to build up of the aft deck tail support area, build up of the skeleton and skinning of top structure, and finally construction of the interior and systems.  Showing these phases took a bunch of pages but I tried to map specific areas out on this fuselage "home" page to help find pictures of specific structure/stages.

Many of the fuselage construction were taken before we owned a digital camera (because they didn't exist or were so new most people couldn't afford them), so some of the photos are scanned in copies of old film pictures.  Thus the quality isn't great in the earlier photos.

Links to pages are below, or clicking on any thumbnail should take you to that picture and page.  

I'm still working on posting the photos and putting in commentary, so the fuselage area of the web site is a very rough work in progress at this point....check back later if what you're looking for isn't posted yet.

Firewall :   pg 1  |  pg 2  

Main spar carry through bulkhead:  pg 3  

Rear spar carry through and roll bar bulkhead: pg 4   

Rear spar bulk head and baggage compartment floor ribs:  pg 5  

Fuselage skeleton:  pg 6  |  pg 7  |  pg 8  |  pg 9  |  pg 10

Fuselage bottom skinning:  pg 11 | pg 12  

Fuselage out of jig and flipped for top structure and skinning: pg 13 | pg 14 | pg 15 | pg 16 | pg 17 

Canopy and rear window: pg 18 | pg 19 | pg 20 |

Seats: pg 25 | pg 26  

Static system: pg 27  

Step installation and landing gear fitting: pg 28 | pg 29 | pg 30

Cabin interior: pg 31 | pg 32 | pg 33 | pg 34 | pg 35 | pg 36

 

Page 1 (Firewall construction):

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Page 2 (Firewall construction):

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Page 3 (main spar carry through bulkhead construction pics):

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Page 4 (rear spar carry through and roll bar support bulkhead construction):

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Page 5 (rear spar bulkhead and cockpit floor ribs):

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Page 6 (fuselage skeleton):

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Page 11 (fuselage bottom skinning):

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Page 13 (fuselage just removed from jig and flipped upside-right):

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Page 14 (fuselage top skeleton and roll bar structure):

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Page 16 (fuselage aft top skin drilling and riveting):

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Page 17 (fuselage aft top skin drilling and riveting):

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Page 18 (canopy frame):

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Page 20 (canopy fit and cut):

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Page 21 (rear window fit and installation):

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  This page was last updated on 12/18/11.

 

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