May 27, 2012
Here’s the latest status of the restoration of “Miss L” (aka “Wildwood Mace”) from Frank Roales at the Indiana Military Museum in Vincennes, IN.
From: Frank Roales
Sent: Friday, May 25, 2012
To: Russ Reston
Subject: “Miss L” Photos
Well, sometimes the best laid plans of mice and men etc., etc., etc. The time schedule for Miss L had been set so while continuing to work we could set a date for the final push so members of the TAC Missileers could participate in the final assembly and mounting if they so wished. However things at the new museum location came under a huge push to get a great number of projects completed for the Memorial Day weekend. Since there is a huge event running over the weekend on the property adjacent to the new location it was decided to rush as many projects as possible to a condition that permitted them to be displayed so that the museum could benefit from the nearby large crowds. Therefore Miss L was put on a “Get her done” schedule. Max, some of his sons and grandson, myself and Jerry assisted by many members of the museum staff and donated large equipment use used 3 work filled days to assemble mount and paint Miss L for weekend display.
She is not yet done, mainly needing all the fuselage markings made and applied but, she is in the air for this weekend. We are not leaving the TAC Missileers out of the loop however. We are making plans for a formal dedication ceremony when everything is finally finished and this will be announced in advance so any Missileers who wish to do so can attend, I will keep you informed. In the meantime here are more pictures.