Or as we volunteers that work on these aircraft like to say: Holy shit another one? We are running out of room to work! :-)
These three recent additions were stored on the Wing for a little while awaiting their transport to the museum. The Challenger was flown in, the Hercules retired from service, replaced by a new J model, and the Arcturus were taken out of service a few years back. That airframe, No 119 was used as a training aid at the training Sqn 404 (my last unit)
This week it finally happened, all three aircraft's, the Challenger, the Hercules and the Arcturus were moved out thru the front gate of the base.
In preparation, the front gate and fencing around it were removed, some electrical cables temporally moved and the three planes made it out the base being towed to their new locations in the Air park outside the museum and Canex.
Of course, even with the additional room made for them, they had to be slightly altered to make it thru: Part of wings removed on both the Arcturus and Herc,
The following pics of aircraft's in movement by my friend Norm Hutchings, used with permission.
Challenger, in one piece, on its way. Thigh fit but it went thru...
CC130H, minus most of its wings...
In between visitors, last nite I took Rudy see the planes in the airpark.
This is now where they resides, awaiting being put back together. This will have to take place soonest before birds and critters make a home in them.
At time like this, it is very beneficial to have the full support of the Wing resources to make these things happened. The crews that moved these planes were military.
The following pics are all mine
The Arcturus resting besides the Neptune and Lancaster in the background
Hercules engines with props, the wing in the foreground is for the Herc
The Challenger made it in one piece.
It made its last flight here from Ottawa
The Herc horizontal stab look almost bigger than the stub wings :-)
Yes, an engine and the remainder of the wing is missing on each side
During our visit to the air park grounds I ran into a couple of old friends I haven't seen in a while. Sat on the grass and catch up on our life stories.
Rudy got to meet yet more of my friends, were ever we go :-)
Here he is trying to impress Pat and Gary with is impression of low level nap of the earth flying. Gary is a plane owner and pilot, he can recognize a good doggy flyer when he sees one :-)
Or it could have been his version of commando crawl, im not sure... :-)
All in all this has been a great week. I have reconnected and catch up with old friends from around and away. Rudy must have practically worn out his sniffer by now :-)
And in a few weeks it will be my turn to go visit friends away...
Life is good and slowly returning to normal
Bob, who get by with a little help from his friends (Beatles)