Sudds in the bucket, and the airplane’s out on the line

So this past weekend I was able to accomplish a task that I think any pilot shall perform at least once in his/her flying life. I washed an airplane. Now most would instantly think “oh hmm that seems pretty simple its probably just a quick wash down like a car.” If your one of those that thought that well I am very sorry to say that it is much much more than that my friend! I can honestly say that it is a very tedious thing to do. I started on Saturday and thought oh alright Ill be out  here for 2 hours and wash it up. I started on the fuselage and empenage and 2 hours later I realized I had only gotten basically half of the whole airplane done. I still had the underbelly and the wings to do.

The airplane hasn’t had a good bath in probably about a year and it was way over due for one. The next day, I thought for sure another 2 hours would be sufficiant to finish the belly and wings. I was yet wrong one more time, I ended up spending 3 hours on Sunday laying on a roller whipping the belly clear of dirt, oil, grease, and who knows what. I would try to describe what it looked like under there but it would take to many nasty words so here is a photo.

White is the part i had cleaned and dark is the dirt (underbelly)

I finished up the belly and then was to tired to even think, I called it a day and finally all I had left to do was the wings. To be honest that was the easiest part of the whole process. I took off all the bugs on the leading edges and whipped down the underneath of the wings and top of them. And after I was all done I hosed down the whole airplane, dryed it clean of smudge marks, and dried water marks. To be honest I dont think I left one rivet uncleaned. It was an experience and although it was tedious work, I got to know the airplane way better than I already knew. I will be more than happy to clean it next time it needs a bath (only I wont let it go as long without one).

Saturday: 2 hours
Sunday: 3 hours

Monday: 2 hours

7 hours and you got yourself a beautiful Cessna

Until Next Time,
Pilot Ian