Earlier this month Bill Mego and I (Mark Swisher) attended the 50th anniversary of Della Williams' company, Williams RDM Inc. Della and her husband founded the company back in 1963 right here in Fort Worth. They make a variety of items for the military, fire suppression systems, etc, and are a thriving company. As most of you know, Della donated $42,000 which spring boarded us into action a couple years ago and... gave us the funding to move 146453 from Tucson to Cowtown, The model was donated by Griffin Aerospace Models and Bill gave a wonderful speech thanking Della for the donation. Thanks to Della, her company, and that awesome donation, we saved another Skywarrior. Bill and I clean up pretty good but we still look better in jeans and a t-shirt working on that Whale.
Formerly located in AMARC at Davis Monthan AFB, is now located at the Vintage Flying Museum, Meacham Field, Fort Worth, TX. Safe and sound from destruction by the chipper/shredder crews.
For a report of daily activities and photos of the dis-assembly process by the now-named crew "Ranger 15 Det Tuscon" at AMARC, go to the Cowtown rescue menu link or click here
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AUG. 8-11, 2013
THE LAST A-3 WESTPAC
Dateline 7 February, 2012
TA-3B, 144867, began an historic journey today. As pictured, it was transferred to a crane barge from a pier at Naval Air Station North Island, CA. Due to high winds, loading aboard the USS Bonhomme Richard (LHD-6) was postponed till the 8th. It is then scheduled for departure to Ford Island, Pearl Harbor, HI. on monday the 13th where is will be restored and put on display at the Pacific Aviation Museum. Our own plane captain, AFCM, Ret, Mike Glenn will be accompanying her to insure a safe arrival.
Stay tuned for updates
SAN DIEGO (Feb. 8, 2012) A barge crane lifts a Navy A3 to the flight deck of amphibious assault ship USS Bonhomme Richard (LHD 6) at Naval Base San Diego. The aircraft will be transported to the Pacific Aviation Museum at Pearl Harbor. (U.S. Navy photo by Senior Chief Mass Communication Specialist Joe Kane/Released)
Dateline Feb. 23, 2012
As the crew man the rails while the Bonnie Dick (LHD 6) passes by the USS Arizona Memorial, 144867 arrives at Pearl Harbor on Tues. Feb. 21, 2012. It was off loaded the following day. Mike Glenn and company will begin some preliminary restoration work while they are there to help some of the Pacific Aviation Museum crews get up to speed.