F104 Starfighter on the Ground in Alberta

The museum's Starfighter is lifted from its shipping cradle earlier this year. (Image Credit: Alberta Aviation Museum)
The museum's Starfighter is lifted from its shipping cradle. (Image Credit: Alberta Aviation Museum)
The museum’s Starfighter is lifted from its shipping cradle.
(Image Credit: Alberta Aviation Museum)

We’ve been closely following the progress of the Alberta Aviation Museum’s newest acquisition, an F-104 Starfighter from The Netherlands, from the announcement of shipment, to its arrival, to the latest news, the un-crating and crane operations that have the plane once again standing, free of encumbrances or external support at its new home in Canada.

Starfighter once again has its wheels on the ground. (Image Credit: Alberta Aviation Museum)
Starfighter once again has its wheels on the ground.
(Image Credit: Alberta Aviation Museum)

Just two days ago, what the museum is terming “Stage One” of their Starfighter restoration project was completed. Rigging specialists were brought in to create a special harness to attach and lift the plane without damage from its shipping cradle and temporary stands were fabricated to support the plane while the crew of experienced volunteers manually lowered and locked the plane’s landing gear so the craft could once again stand on its own.

“Stage Two” which is anticipated to begin later this week will see the Starfighter leaving for paint stripping, with the wings, tail and tip tanks following shortly thereafter. Stay tuned!

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