Starting to look a little
Not a pretty sight
First it was mud
Then it froze
Me and Catherine Scott
Spending the winter in YYZ -- not exactly how I planned my retirement .......
We rented space at a nearby semi-trailer storage yard. For how long, we could only guess.
Props headed for storage yard
At the yard - temp about + 5 degrees F with a stiff wind - ice skates would have worked fine across the whole yard!
One of the "famous" GTAA stands and cradle
Beginning tail removal
Up and off !
Onto the low boy trailer
A happy Andy
On truck awaiting move to storage yard (done at 5 AM Tues, .. or was it Weds - I can't remember......
Note the size of the trailer rig relative to the tail. This is a BIG piece of hardware!
Over at the yard - a Super Connie appearing amongst the semi's
Just another 14 hour day at the ranch ! Damn, I love this job! Oh! Did I say it was cold?
Watson's fuselage truck arrived from Montreal
Starting on the Left Hand outer wing panel and tip tank
The joys of Canada in the wintertime
No chaps, no slicker and it's pourin' down rain, I swear I'll never night herd again
Whoopee Ty Yi Yippee Yippee Yeah, Yippee Yeah..............
Getting ready to hoist the LH Outboard Wing Panel and Tip Tank
And, she's off !
Of course there has to be some fun diversions -- filming a CBC News camera crew film our activities
And the good old ever-present GTAA (Greater Toronto Airports Authority)
After removal of the Inboard wings
Now, she really looks
The fuselage was then hoisted using the two cradles we manufactured, turned 90 degrees, and set down.
Our crew plus Modern Crane
Airborne again,...sort of,....after more than half a century
Tom, our welder - Dirty Rat! Stole my hat!!!
Awaiting the move to the yard.
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