Saturday, January 23, 2010

Mil, Mi-24 "Gate Guardian" Update

We've run a series of stories before about the Gate Guardian project here at Lancaster. This airframe, Bord 122,  became available for static display after one of the Mi-24 helicopters on its way to the Cold War Air Museum encountered a bridge (the disassembled helicopter was on the back of a truck at the time), while on its way to its new home.

After a series of events involving shipping companies, insurance companies and salvage bids, our sister museum on the airport, the DFW wing of the Commemorative Air Force (CAF) received this donated airframe. Since then, they have been diligently working to bring the Mil up to display status. The external sheet metal, seen here, has received a number of repairs and the non-working transmission has been remounted and braced to receive a set of blades.

The CAF crew's patched and painted set of blades will be mounted later this summer.

When the exhibit is ready, its new home will be on a reinforced pad outside the CAF museum. The site will be visible from the main road feeding the airport. For more stories about the "Gate Guardian" project, click on the Bord 122 label. below.

Our friend Miguel recently visited the CAF end of the airport and added some photos of their planes to his Flikr page. We are looking forward to better weather so he can continue to add more pictures of both museum's aircraft.

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