Current Status - Restoration of Super Connie CF-TGE
Click here for Move Pictures
Click here for Repair Assessment
Click here for Landing Gear Overhaul
Click here for Wing and Landing Gear Installation
Click here for Towing and HangaringClick here for Structural Repairs
Click here for Painting
Click here for the Completed Airplane
Click here for Arrival at Museum of Flight
15 Sept 2009 Airplane moved into Boeing's Plant II for final restoration and interim storage
5-13 Sept 2009 Airplane reassembled after cross-country trip
4 Sept 2009 Arrival at the Museum of Flight in Seattle
August 2009 The airplane was disassembled and transported to Seattle, Washington
July 2009 An Old-Timers Reunion was held before transport to Seattle for people who had flown and worked on this airplane.
Dec 2008 The airplane structural repairs have been completed and the airplane has been re-painted
The airplane will be stored in Rome, New York for the winter and transported to Seattle next year (2009.)
The exact method of transportation is under study and is not defined at this time.
The airplane is NOT airworthy and will not be restored to an airworthy condition.
The airplane currently has no engines. Four R-3350 engines have been donated, are on site at the Museum, and will be installed after reassembly in Seattle.
Nov 2008 Painting in TCA colorsOct 2008 Preparation for Painting
Sept 2008 Repairs completed
July 2008 Outside - Final repairs in progress
May 2008 Complete reassembly
March 2008 Temporarily outside
Jan 2008 Paint is stripped.
Friday 26 Oct 2007 The fuselage was lifted by crane, and using cradles and jacks, the inboard wing panels were installed. The overhauled landing gear was installed and the airplane was lowered onto its own landing gear. It will now be able to be towed around like a normal airplane. First destination - inside a hangar for paint stripping and structural repairs.
July-August 2007 Detailed condition assessments performed on areas opened. A phased work plan created and agreed to between the parties.
The second week in July, a detailed examination of the airplane was conducted at Empire Aero Center at the ex-Griffiss AFB in Rome, New York. A Standards and Scope of Work for Repairs Document was created and initial contract negotiations between the Museum of Flight and Empire Aero were conducted.
After an expensive mid-winter disassembly, and a costly year in storage, we have begun detailed arrangements with Air Canada to move the airplane, to enable repairs and re-painting, followed by road transport to Seattle.The airplane, which we had hoped to have on display the first week in October 2005, will finally take its place next to the Concorde, Air Force One, and the other historic airplanes in the Museum's Air Park, hopefully during summer 2007. See here for details of the issuance of the Export Permit.
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