The lone engine looked a little better than I recall sitting in the mud in Toronto. The throttle valve moved freely - just like brand new! Even the PRT could be rotated. This engine will be cosmetically cleaned up at the Mohawk Valley Community College Aviation Mechanics School, adjacent to Empire Aero.
Main Landing Gear - and brakes with still a few miles left on the linings
Nose Landing Gear with piston weld removed - and guess what, the oleo still has oil and works !
Under the retrofitted radar nose extension - history - the original TCA cheat stripes, applied in Burbank in 1954.
The red and white, and red and black cheat stripes as seen in the factory - 1954
There she is ! Scratched onto the (ruined) forward pressure bulkhead - her Serial Number - 4544 - scrawled on by some unknown Lockheed worker assigning this unit to an airframe, circa 1953. We found these crayon markings on many pieces of the airplane.
After 42 years unwanted and unloved --- cared for and returning from the dead.