Operation Redesign ’99’s main goal was to allow the Museum to place it’s Lockheed Jetstar in the lower hangar, however, space limitations and funding had prevented this goal from being achieved. With the completion of the move, ACAM now has the only Jetstar on viewable display in Canada.
The National Aviation Museum does own a Jetstar, however, it is in non-viewable storage.
Initial paper planning for Redesign ’99 began in July of 1998, with the plan being approved by the Museum Curator and Executive that month as well. With approval of the Executive, actual work could begin. The Lockheed Jetstar is a large aircraft and in order to find enough hangar space to park it, Almost all aircraft and many displays were going to have to be relocated. First the aircraft that were going to be hung from the ceiling were positioned. The Scamp 1 and the Hang glider were raised to their new display locations in August of 1998. As well the L-Spatz Glider, which was already hanging, had to be raised an extra 5 feet in order to provide an extra safety margin for the boom truck.
In September of 1998, the CF-100 was moved into its general parking location. Some fine tuning of its position would have to be made after the Jetstar entered the hangar. During the Thanksgiving day weekend the Jetstar was relocated from the airport to the parking lot of ACAM. In order to transport it from the airport, the tail and wings of the aircraft were removed, and all the parts including the fuselage were transported by flatbed. Several major obstacles such as light standards and a bridge required the removal of the wings. The wings were then attached to the airplane so it could sit on its landing gear for the winter. The entire operation took 2 full days. The crane work and transportation was carried out by Ace Towing, without a dent or scratch applied to the aircraft.
The winter saw many changes made within the Museum in preparation for the May move. Some displays were temporarily removed from the hangar and placed in safe storage. The Canso wheel well was painted and the wheel reattached in order to move the Canso out of the way. Some of Paul Tuttle’s art work was moved into locations that would allow better viewing once the move was complete. General cleanup of parts and relocation of some work stations was also required.
Final preparations began in May, some aircraft were repositioned to move them outside faster and more displays were moved to other locations. On Friday May 21, 1999, the final move preparations were made when the Tracker, Sabre, CF-5, and Eurocoupe were moved outside into the parking lot. The Harvard, Canso and Argus Sim were moved within the hangar to other locations out of the way. These three aircraft were moved several times in order to wiggle the Jetstar into it’s final position.
Saturday May 22nd was the big day. The Jetstar was moved into the building with the help of Ace Towing and the crane again, and the driving skills of Craig Newton from the Aero Shell driving the tug. The Jetstar measured 55 feet long with it’s tail removed and has a 60 foot wing span. By bringing the aircraft in on an angle and having the crane lift up the back end and Craig tow the front end, the aircraft was wiggled through a 40 foot set of doors and into a hangar for the first time in 15 years. While it was a tight fit, the aircraft was maneuvered through the door in about an hour and a half. A testament to the professionalism of those involved from Ace Towing and the Aero Shell. Once inside the tail was reattached using a forklift to reposition it and then parked in its new display spot.
Contest One. Lockheed Jetstar.
The rest of the afternoon was spent moving the other aircraft back in and locating them in there new locations and completing a general clean up. It was a very long day and all those present would agree that the move was completed successfully and safely. As we stand now the lower hanger at ACAM is full, however, some display space still remains for the TBM Avenger being restored by our New Brunswick Wing. The Avenger will have to be parked with it’s wings folded. The Atlantic Canada Aviation Museum will soon require a third display building and a small group of Museum members will begin to address this situation in the near future. If you have enjoyed our Museum and can support us with donations of artifacts or help us with fund raising for a new building you can contact us by e-mail at: firstname.lastname@example.org our other contact information is listed on our contact page.
The museum wishes to thank Ace Towing, Halifax Flight Support Services, Aero Shell and Craig Newton. Without their support the smooth, safe move of the Jetstar could not be accomplished.