I came across your www pages via a link from Ralph Pettersen's Connie site.
All this TCA Connie "argument" is a pain in the a**. Just can't wait for
you guys to get the 1049 in Seattle!
I worked as a volunteer on the 'Swiss' Connie, N73544 for a week while it
was in Camarillo, CA - great fun, but HARD work.
Must get myself over the MoF sometime and check out the Comet as even here
in the UK they are a rare thing.
All the best
London, WC2R 2PG. United Kingdom.
I've updated my website to include a short news piece and link to
your website. You did a very nice job in presenting your facts. Good
luck with the project.
Ralph's Connie Website here: http://www.conniesurvivors.com/1-connie_news.htm
Comment from Canada
I cannot begin to express how wrong I think this
is. An honest buyer and an honest seller have entered into an
agreement. Now the state wants to interfere with a binding contract and
offer the aircraft to someone else at their whim. Maybe the seller
didn't want the noted Canadian museum to have the aircraft? Maybe the
Canadiam museum didn't want to make a reasonable offer because they
didn't realize there was any competition? This essentially puts the
aircraft up for auction after the fact, only the "state approved buyer"
already knows the auction results. This is completely unfair!
Comment from CanadaThe Connie has sat for many years on display and now finally she has a chance to go to a good home that can hopefully place it under cover. I feel it is wrong to try and put a hault to this effort and try and have her remain in canada. Does TAM have the means of restoring it and placing it under cover? I would think that they are hard pressed with the Lancaster project right now. If she was to stay with a Canadian museum then I would put her with the Museum in Ottawa.
VERY well done indeed! Your information is highly appreciated and I know
it will clear the air for many folks! I for one, have always been impressed
with the MOF and their capabilities and tenacity... and this is yet another
example of why I continue to support all that the MOF does. When I worked
for the Collings Foundation, I was continually impressed with the working
relationship between the museum and the CF when the B-17 & B-24 were on
hand. I know that same relationship extends to many more museums, organizations,
and countries as your information proves. Best wishes on the endeavor and
all my hope for a successful, timely, and inexpensive resolution to the
issues that remain!
Robert Bogash, dedicated volunteer of the Museum of Flight in Seattle has been a driving force in the transfer of the Super Constellation 1049G from Toronto to the West Coast. Bob and I have exchanged emails off and on for over a year and he’s been sending me updates on the progress of the Connie.
The battle for ownership got very heated in the final stages and, as a volunteer at the Toronto Aerospace Museum, I felt some personal involvement in the whole process. However, now that the Connie is on her way to restoration and display, I really wish Bob and the Museum Of Flight good luck and success.
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After my last update regarding the dismantling of the Super Constellation that has lain neglected near Pearson Airport outside Toronto, I received a comment from Robert Bogash, Constellation Project Manager with the Museum Of Flight located in Seattle Washington.
Mr. Bogash took me to task for using the word “Scavengers” in my post title and passed along information regarding the museum’s long battle to secure the Connie, clean it up and move it to permanent display along with their other acquisitions which include the original Air Force One Boeing VC-137B, the 747 prototype and a Concorde. He is a dedicated volunteer and former Boeing employee and I apologized for suggesting that the aircraft was being torn apart or treated badly.
Bob maintains a website that is chronicling the project to restore CF-TGE.
The Museum Of Flight’s website has plenty to see and it looks like a worthwhile place to visit. I’m going to follow their progress closely and I would like nothing more than to be on hand when the Connie is unveiled.
Once again, I apologize to Robert Bogash and his associates and I wish them well in their endeavours.