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[i]Brainerd said there was no practical way the computer complex that was needed to run the simulator again could be reassembled. The electronics are now obsolete. And the museum would not have the resources to maintain and operate the simulator. Much of the restoration work has therefore focused on cleaning the simulator, reinstalling removed items, and ensuring that the static display looks and sounds just as it did during training simulations.
"Our big project was replacing all the incandescent lighting in the cockpit with LEDs, plus purchasing new power supplies for the lighting," Brainerd said. "This was not as easy as it might sound. The internal illumination for all those switch panels was accomplished via 1,600 tiny incandescent bulbs that were soldered onto printed circuit boards on the backs of the panels. Once we found LEDs of the proper size and rating to fit into the available space, we had to unsolder the 1,600 bulbs and solder 1,600 LEDs in their place." ...
The final restoration step is painting the simulator, scheduled to happen early next year, and building exhibits to put on display alongside it.
"We're kind of in the home stretch," Dunbar said. "We hope to have it in place at the museum in April, in time to celebrate the anniversary of the first shuttle flight."
The Lone Star Flight Museum still needs funding to complete the displays for the simulator exhibit. Donations to support this final step of restoration, earmarked to the "SMS-MB restoration," can be [URL=https://68563.blackbaudhosting.com/68563/Annual-Fund]made here[/URL].[/i]
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