Sunday, March 2, 2008

62009

On another site, I heard that the Chanute Air Museum in Rantoul, IL (120 miles south of Chicago), is having (click on) financial problems and may have to close. That conversation dealt with an EC-121 that is there, but our concern would be (click on) C-133A 62009. It was used for years as a firefighting training device and was, I understand, pretty well stripped out. Since there are nearly no spares, there would be little chance of restoring it to any degree. Morrie Carlson has most of the spares, I suspect, and those are to keep N199AB flying. To move 62009 would be a huge task--just ask the AMC Museum. Tuna cans, anyone?

5 comments:

Terry Wall said...

As long as the Travis museum is without a C-133 it is just about unthinkable that 2009 would be scrapped, no matter what shape it's in. That said, moving it to Travis would be a gigantic undertaking. It could, however be done. Or, is there any chance that Mr. Carlson would have 199AB flown to Travis?

firstfleet said...

I'm still hoping that Morrie Carlson will reach the point where he will arange a one-time flight permit to move N199AB from Anchorage IAP to KSUU. And I want to be on it when that happens!

Hans & Diane said...

Cal, what are the chances? Do you have reason to believe it could happen? I'll there are a lot of us that would like to see that. Also, if they scrap 62009, what does it take to get parts/pieces of it?

firstfleet said...

On the Alaska airplane, I have no idea what/when might happen. To this point, I have heard nothing that would indicate that it Mr Carlson has intentions to give up the airplane. As for 62009, since it belongs to NMUSAF, they are the ones to talk to. In the interim, contributions to the Chanute Mueseum would be useful.

Terry Wall said...

I wrote Mr. Carlson one time, years ago, aboout access to the 2 airplanes at Mojave, and never received a reply. I wonder if interest by the NMUSAF in acquiring 199AB (for Travis) would get a response?