All Coast Aircraft Recovery

F-14A Tomcat Bu. 162591 seen here during her move from North Kingston, Rhode Island to the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland. The move was conducted by the specialists All Coast Aircraft Recovery and Leslie Chapman Jr. Transport this June. (photo via All Coast Aircraft Transport)

Have you ever wondered how the airplanes we admire in museums and heritage parks got there? How do you move a demilitarize airplane that doesn’t have engines or can’t land at its final destination? This is where companies like All Coast Aircraft Recovery and Leslie Chapman Jr. Transport come into play. All Coast Recovery has been recovering and moving aircraft since 1999. They  have well-proven skills to safely and efficiently disassemble, move and reassemble all kinds of aircraft from small homebuilt types to multi-engine warbirds. All Coast Aircraft Recovery Inc.  is the go-to company for this kind of complex task.

 
Les Chapman

All Coast Aircraft Recovery, Inc. has enjoyed a long standing, mutually supportive, and beneficial working relationship with Les Chapman Transport, Inc., of Blossom, Texas. Les Chapman Transport has been in business moving aircraft for over 20 years. Buddy and his Father, Les, are extremely familiar with the complexities associated with transporting aircraft, and have moved a wide range of types over the years. Les Chapman Transport is fully licensed and insured for high value cargo transportation.

 
The two companies have been very busy in the last few months, so here is a brief recap of some of their most recent moves.
 

7/10th scale Stuka Dive Bomber
 

All Coast Aircraft Recovery recently completed the relocation of a 7/10th scale Junkers Ju 87 Stuka dive bomber from Central Maine Regional Airport in Norridgewock, Maine to its new home with the Commemorative Air Force’s nascent Big Easy Wing at Lakefront Airport in New Orleans, Louisiana. This replica, often referred to as a ‘Langhurst Stuka’ in reference to the its designer Louis Francis Langhurst, is a welcome addition at her new home.

Capt. Jeff Kuss Memorial F/A-18A Hornet

All Coast Aircraft Recovery and Leslie Chapman Jr. Transport recently completed the relocation and installation of this F/A-18A Hornet from its owners at the National Naval Aviation Museum in Pensacola, Florida to the Capt. Jeff Kuss USMC Memorial site in Smyrna, Tennessee.

The Hornet safely on her new perch. (photo via All Coast Aircraft Recovery)

F-14A Tomcat Bu. 162591, 11 – 22 June 2018

All Coast Aircraft Recovery and Leslie Chapman Jr. Transport recently completed the relocation and installation of F-14A Tomcat Bu.162591 from the now-closed Quonset Air Museum in North Kingston, Rhode Island to the United States Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland. The aircraft, on loan from the National Naval Aviation Museum, is now installed at its new display site on Naval Academy property just inside Gate 8.

The F-14 while being hoisted aboard a low-loader truck at the now-closed Quonset Air Museum in North Kingston, Rhode Island this June. (photo via All Coast Aircraft Recovery)
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