HomeNewsArticle Display

XC-99 begins piece-by-piece trip to Air Force Museum

LACKLAND AIR FORCE BASE, Texas -- The XC-99 sits on the ramp at the Kelly Annex to Lackland after Phase 1 of the dismantling process removed engines, doors, access panels, parts of the wings and tail section.  (U.S. Air Force photo by 1st Lt. Bruce R. Hill Jr.)

LACKLAND AIR FORCE BASE, Texas -- The XC-99 sits on the ramp at the Kelly Annex to Lackland after Phase 1 of the dismantling process removed engines, doors, access panels, parts of the wings and tail section. (U.S. Air Force photo by 1st Lt. Bruce R. Hill Jr.)

LACKLAND AIR FORCE BASE, Texas -- Airmen from the 433rd Airlift Wing here load XC-99 engines onto a C-5 Galaxy before taking them to the Air Force Museum near Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio.  (U.S. Air Force photo by 1st Lt. Bruce R. Hill Jr.)

LACKLAND AIR FORCE BASE, Texas -- Airmen from the 433rd Airlift Wing here load XC-99 engines onto a C-5 Galaxy before taking them to the Air Force Museum near Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio. (U.S. Air Force photo by 1st Lt. Bruce R. Hill Jr.)

LACKLAND AIR FORCE BASE, Texas (AFPN) -- Several parts of a historic XC-99 aircraft located at the Kelly Annex to Lackland were hauled to the Air Force Museum near Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio, recently.

A C-5 Galaxy from the 433rd Airlift Wing here hauled the initial load of the three-phase dismantling project.

Disassembling began Jan. 20 by a company with a history of disassembling and reassembling large aircraft.

“The aircraft dictates when certain parts will be dismantled, so some parts may or may not be removed at given times during the process,” said Ben Nattrass, owner and operator of Worldwide Aircraft Recovery of Bellevue, Neb. “Each part has to be removed sequentially as it had been built, so we have to discover how to take the plane apart as we go.

“We’ve had a lot of outside interest, because this is a historic aircraft,” he said.

In the beginning, Army Air Forces officials wanted to develop an aircraft in the early part of World War II that would provide global airlift support beyond the scope of the existing B-36 bomber. It was not until after the war that the XC-99 was produced for its first flight, which took place Nov. 24, 1947.

Its first cargo run was into then-Kelly AFB on July 14, 1950, where most of the XC-99 flights took place.

The awkward-looking aircraft with rear-mounted props, an exception to conventional design, logged more than 7,400 hours of flying time and moved more than 60 million pounds of cargo.

The XC-99 made its final voyage March 19, 1957, and currently sits in an open area of the Kelly Annex until it is completely dismantled and relocated to its new home in Ohio. It is expected to undergo a detailed restoration process before being displayed in the Air Force Museum.

Engage

Facebook Twitter
A #VietnamWar vet & #PurpleHeart recipient, discussed with @RAFMildenhall #Airmen how tragedy on the battlefield of… https://t.co/Y0uMVhAKrW
RT @andclev: .@SecAFOfficial says the @usairforce is going to have a pitch day on March 6-7, aiming to attract small, innovative businesses…
With the help of #Airmen all across the #AirForce, @TeamTyndall's munitions flight have assessed their munitions fa… https://t.co/R46vj2thnD
.@NASA Researchers came to the @AFResearchLab with a simple question. How does an electrical arc behave in a vacuum… https://t.co/GwJzzRgy8X
The Logistics Career Broadening Program, it's a little known program for company grade logistics officers that pack… https://t.co/LinlGkV6Ps
.@USArmy commends two #JTACs for their exceptional support in a no-notice joint mission. @BagramAirfieldhttps://t.co/awesogZyIR
Our thoughts are with the Airmen and their families who are affected by this loss. https://t.co/MCclu2wPZz
A sea of green, tan, cameo and shades of gray flooded @EielsonAirForce for the ultimate meeting of the minds during… https://t.co/Nlsz6JsHKv
.@NellisAFB Airfield management #Airmen attention to detail and sense of urgency keep Nellis flying.… https://t.co/MbD5EnHjV7
The initial assessment of #HurricaneMichael's aftermath was bleak, but more than a month later, the outlook has tak… https://t.co/cZBfWX8Yca
RT @DeptofDefense: Meet the Lees family. Three brothers and a sister, who have all decided to join the military. Today, Rose Lees tells us…
.@USOPM has announced Federal Benefits Open Season. Enrollment period began November 12 and runs through December 1… https://t.co/XDIVrG0GFX
U.S. military volunteers donated desks & school supplies to a Nigerian school. @USArmy #USAF #Airmen @HQUSAFEPAhttps://t.co/QScOTGS9UP
A #USAF #C130 became the first U.S. aircraft to drop #Japan Ground Self-Defense Force soldiers on Hiju-dai drop zon… https://t.co/ErD7kQrHck
#AirForce Pararescue #Airmen @BagramAirfield conducted flight medical training with the help of volunteers from the… https://t.co/qtcvk61eyC