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Okay, first if all, it's not "for sale." Unfortunately, its just not that easy. Second, there's nobody in their right mind that would even think about flying it out on less than four engines. And it only has two engines that MAY be runnable...maybe. I'm going to schedule a trip up to look at it and try to sort out some other issues besides the engines, but it may be a couple of weeks before I can do it. If anyone else thinks they can save it, please don't hold back on my behalf. This ain't about me, it's about the airplane, so engguy, if you think you want/need it, please take over from here.

I'm going to keep trying to do what I can, or help anyone else who can. I'll keep you posted.

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It is owned by the State of Montana.


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I could never do it by myself. If not forsale it could be time and money down the drain. I forget what the one plane is that the government wanted back from CAF.
I was just toying with an idea. Will elaborate at some other time.

Engines? thats still the easy part. There are still alot of those around. How airworthy ? Don't know.

So does it have to be removed quick or is there time? And what about the ownership deal? Yeah that would make a nice show like B29 frozen in time. Maybe that is how to get some $ to fund the project.


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Yeah that would make a nice show like B29 frozen in time. Maybe that is how to get some $ to fund the project.


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Didn't they do one with a B-25 a while back :?:


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There is a little time, but not a lot. A tv show isn't a bad idea, but in the few dealings I've had with tv producers, I get the impression that they won't pay much of anything to help. I'll look into that angle though, just in case it'll help.


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So Gary, would the plan be to fly it to move it? I'd think that would be less work than taking it apart for trucking, because then it all has to be reassembled. If a B29 could sit for years in the freezing north and come back to flying condition with parts and equipment pretty much nonexistant, then it would be much easier in a major city in Montana, Hmmm maybe Hana montana would do a concert for the project. Ha ha


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Well, sure flying it out would be easier, but as I've mentioned before, it's still waaaay to early to know just what's going to happen. If you do a Google Maps search of the Helena, Montana airport, you'll see that even to get the airplane over to an area where it could taxi, you'd have to disassemble it, as they've already got it boxed in with buildings. It's easy to just say things will be easy, but things just don't always go that way. I also have no idea how bad the corrosion, if any, is on this bird.

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Oh ! I was going by the photo posted above. I thought the AP school was on the airport, and all ya had to do is fix and go. Well the city should have never let any buildings built that would block access to that school as far as aircraft go. So that cost should be on their back, since they allowed it to happen. So how much would have to come off? Wing tips just past last engine?


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looks like if you take the outer wing panels off and tow the saberliner (??) out of the way you should be able to squeeze by, by way of the southern route.

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This is by no means scientific bit from my calculations the Connie is 123 ft tip to tip and there is approximatly 147 ft at the narrowest point traveling north between the hangars. So theoretically if the path is cleared and traversable to the North the Connie could be towed accross the grass to the taxiway after a great deal of maneuvering to turn the aircraft around.

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When Nashville opened it newest runway in 1987, they had a couple of aircraft on display on 2R/20L. They had a C-119 "Georgia Girl" and Save A Connie's Connie. It had just been brought back to flying condition and still had a lot of work to go.
There was a problem with the number three engine and it was belching fire and smoke and was had metal in the screens.
To be legal they had all four engines turning on takeoff and as it flew overhead, after takeoff I am told you could see the smoke coming out of the #3 three engine as they shut it down and contiued home on the other three good engines.
Tallichet used to do the same with the B-17 to get it home. So you really need three good engines and the fourth has to be able to run a little bit and not be in the most critical position.
Does this sound right?


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Legal? - No.

Has it been done? I suppose so :twisted:

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Well like a bunch of other goofy rules, some need to be changed.
I bet when a major jet engine manufacture wants to test an engine by hanging it on wing, that many times there have been take offs with only the 3 originals on line.
So how does that rule read? Because planes way heavier than a constellation are taking off daily with only 2 engines.


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engguy, taking off with an inop engine is risky at best. There are several things that are useless once you are in the air and have trouble. One is a dead engine and others are runway behind you, fuel in the fuel truck, and altitude above you if you are unable to climb. :wink:

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