Moving the B-52 Midnight ExpressRe-assembly
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Arrival at the Museum
Final backing into the school parking lot.
Move Mission Accomplished!
Tom Cathcart photo
Bob Blackstone - Chairman of the Museum Board of Trustees (far left) and Matt Hayes, Museum CEO, Jim Farmer, and Bob Bogash
It wasn't long before the transportation rig was disassembled and the aircraft re-jacked for landing gear re-installation.
Only when moved away from the aircraft do you realize just what enormous girders were used to cradle the fuselage for its trip.
They look much more at home at a bridge-building project!
Installation of landing gear Inner Cylinders with brake and axle assemblies
Back on her wheels
The wings were removed from their transport trailers
The left wing was then reattached to the wing center section
The reassembled wing was then hoisted by three cranes and the fuselage was rolled back under.
Next - to allow the center wing section temporary steel beams and chains to be removed, the fuselage nose was lifted/supported to allow beam and chain removal and insertion of a belly cradle.
Finally, the wing was lowered into place for installation
Craig Lindblad photo
Amazing progress by a talented team who re-demonstrate their skills and expertise on a daily basis.
Installing the hardware
Wow! A B-52 being assembled in a school parking lot!
Not something you see every day......
Always amazed at those engine pylons - carrying the weight of those engines - and their thrust loads.
Always amazed at all those engines!
Always amazed at the size of those wheels - they're big!
Peeking in the back door of the Aviation Pavilion at her ancestors and progeny
Next - Gear Doors
Entering the last lap
Notices for Memorial Park Construction
To be located in that grassy area
Survey stakes are sprouting
Evan Elliott photo
Vertical fin to go and then the last few parts.
Took about a month to reassemble.
About three and a half months all-up to Disassemble, Move, and then Reassemble.
One Helluva Big Job! Big Airplane!
Vertical Fin on!
A unique visitor to Raisbeck Aviation High School
Can't begin to describe how professional and competent were Marty Batura and his crew from Worldwide in Omaha.
People ask me what I do in my retirement (which my wife says I am flunking badly - very badly) - and I tell them I run an Animal Sanctuary for Airplanes - with a No-Kill Charter. I can't save them all, but I can save some,
and they will have to stand in for their less fortunate siblings.
That's what 2584 is doing, and I can't help but sense she is proud of
her role, and her new found fame and fortune - well deserved, old girl,
I'm proud of you. We spent the better part of 27 years sitting
alone in the damp and dark, talking to each other, and wondering if
this day would ever come. But, it did. Believe me, I can
actually see her smiling...
From Carl Carnethon-Hansen - Navigator on 2584
You Are The Greatest!
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