BAP Hangars & Maintenance Shop

Maintenance Shop

The Maintenance shop at Buffalo Airpark with the Quonset hangar in the background.
Tony built the Maintenance shop along the East side of the Quonset hangar as a free-standing building. Later, he removed a set of windows and constructed a walkway connecting the two buildings. I don’t have an exact date, but I would guess sometime between 1946-1949.
Three unknown people working on an airplane in the Maintenance shop at Buffalo Airpark.

Four unknown people working on an airplane in the Maintenance shop at Buffalo Airpark.

An unknown person standing outside of the Maintenance shop at Buffalo Airpark.
Unfortunately, I do not have a name for this person, but he worked at the airpark and was a part of the maintenance staff. Ivan’s doghouse and the small fenced-in area is in the background.
Two unknown people walking towards the Maintenance shop at Buffalo Airpark.
Unknown people.
Two unknown mechanics working on a Globe Swift in the Maintenance shop at Buffalo Airpark.

An unknown person walking towards the camera at Buffalo Airpark with the Maintenance shop in the background.
Unknown person.
A Globe Swift airplane and separate wings on stands in the Maintenance shop at Buffalo Airpark. Tony Riccio and an unknown person is inspecting the left landing gear of a Globe Swift.
Tony is offering his opinion on how to resolve a landing gear issue on a Globe Swift.
Tony Riccio and two unknown people inspecting a Globe Swift's left landing gear.
I remember that look all too well! From the expression on the man’s face to the right, things don’t look so good. I’ll let you fill in the blank.
Three unknown mechanics are working on a Cessna T-50 outside of the Maintenance shop at Buffalo Airpark.
The maintenance crew is working on a Cessna T-50. Notice the Willys Jeep as a tug motor on the right with a custom hitch.
Two unknown mechanics are working on a Cessna T-50 at Buffalo Airpark outside of the Maintenance shop.
I don’t have any names for these people, but I believe the man on the right is the same person working on the Globe Swift with Tony in the above photo.
Robert Arnold, the Buffalo Airpark Maintenance Chief, is operating an aircraft engine on a test stand.
Robert Arnold, BAP Maintenance Chief, operating an engine on a test stand.
The back side of the above photo that identifies the mechanic at Buffalo Airpark.

A person known as "Hot Shot Eddie" is sitting in the pilot's seat of a Globe Swift airplane at Buffalo Airpark dated 1946.
I don’t know who “Hot Shot Eddie” is or Mike, but it looks like he enjoys the Globe Swift.
Tony Riccio and four unknown people inspect a damaged Globe Swift airplane sitting on it's wings in a field at Buffalo Airpark.
I hope this isn’t a result of “Hot Shot Eddie”, but it looks as though the maintenance crew is setting up the wing stands so they can try to lower the landing gear. Tony is crouching on the right, inspecting the damage.
An unknown mechanic hand propping a Piper Cub at Buffalo Airpark.
Hand propping is always available upon request.
An unknown person sitting in a boat while holding a bottle of beer.
After a long week working at BAP, a beer and a boat ride is the only way to end it. Unfortunately, I do not have a name for this person.

1 Comment

  1. Holy cow Bill! Now that we’re finally adults we can better appreciate the works of your dad. Talk about a strong spirit!

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