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04 JUNE 06

C-82 Goes "Packing"
Photo By Ernest white, ii                                                                                      McCHORD AIR MUSEUM 

Crews had to use airbags to remove the Museums C-82 Packet from its stands.   


If you have visited the museum over the last few years you may have noticed the C-82's appearance, unfortunately not a good one. With rollers in hand, a little more than five years ago volunteers from the 7th Airlift Squadron graciously spent their free time fleshing up the appearance of the aircraft. Time and the weather and have not been kind to the aircraft, not even the birds who pushed their way into the boom to the C-82 to nest.

During the next few months McChord crews and Museum volunteers will give the C-82 a factory fresh appearance that for this former MATS workhorse is well deserved. Members of the 62d Maintenance Squadron will use airbags to carefully lift the C-82 off of the stands that has taken pressure off of the aircrafts large tires for more than 15 years. Soon there after the Packets wings will be removed, and towed to close by the McChord Corrosion Control Facility (aka Paint Hangar) where sheet metal restoration, and bird proofing will take place before the aircraft is moved into the hangar for painting. The C-82 will be in the hangar for about a month because of a planned construction project that will replace the concrete in the front of the hangar, completion of the F-102A Delta Dagger, scheduled for late September. 

For pictures of the C-82 Packet during its restoration please check for updates on the on the Painting Project Photo Page.

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