STRATOCRUISER.ORG PLANS BOEING RESTORATION - January 4, 2011The Stratocruiser.org organization was formed in 2010 with the goal of restoring a military C-97 transport to a civilian Stratocruiser airliner. 56 civilian Stratocruisers were built but none exist today with all being lost in accidents or scrapped after retirement. The group's website claims that one military C-97 Stratofreighter was converted to a civilian Stratocruiser and they are currently negotiating the purchase of this aircraft. Wolfgang Borgmann, a freelance aviation journalist associated with the group, reports that they hope to close the deal and purchase the aircraft via donations in the first half of 2011. Check out their website for the latest details on this very ambitious and exciting project. .
LEGENDARY AIRLINERS/HISTORICAL FLIGHT FOUNDATION DC-7B RESTORATIONCarlos Gomez and Marc Wolff rescued former Eastern Air Lines DC-7B N836D from her home of 30+ years in St. Paul, MN in 2004 and have completely restored her at Opa-locka Airport in southern Florida. They joined forces with Roger Jarman in 2009 forming the Historical Flight Foundation (HFF). I've been following this project since 2004 and have compiled a number of articles about the project from its beginnings in 2004 through its first post restoration flight and inaugural airshow season in July/August 2010.
A Queen Returns to the Skies - DC-7B N836D - July-August 2010 --->Restoration project summary, first post-restoration flight and inaugural airshow season
Opa-locka Airport - September 18, 2009 --->Restoration complete and awaiting FAA approval of paperwork and first post-restoration flight.
Opa-locka Airport - November 11, 2008 --->Props/engines installed and Carlos working hard on completing interior work.
Opa-locka Airport - January 23, 2008 --->Sheet metal work complete, aircraft painted and work begins on interior.
Opa-locka Airport - June 9, 2006 --->Left side fuselage sheet metal work just about complete with workers turning their attention to the right fuselage.
Opa-locka Airport - February 8, 2005 --->Sheet metal work begins on left fuselage while the interior has been gutted. The four props have been sent out for overhaul.
St. Paul Holman Field - June 21/22, 2004--->Carlos and crew rush to get N836D airworthy for a ferry flight to Opa-locka, Florida.
----Created 25 September 2009----Updated 8 January 2011----