Alaskan Heavy-Haulers Grab Limelight, Blot Out the Sun
One of our favorite stories of last year had to do with
the resurrection of a long-dormant C-119 "Flying Boxcar," that
spent many years just sitting at an Alaskan airport, getting
attention from her owner, and braving the elements (and a few
After heroic efforts, this big, capable bird was brought back to
life, and is now flying for her keep, earning money by moving
things that other aircraft simply can't accommodate. The C-119's
lifting ability, coupled with her short-field prowess, makes the
Boxcar simply the only way to move certain things -- or to
move a lot of smaller things at once.
There are some great photos of the planes and the restoration of
this three-engined machine [that's a jet on the top --ed]; and
there's also a section on what the planes need (just in case you're
sitting on a hangar-load of parts). It's quite a story -- check out
how the principals tell it!