Monday and Thursday are crane days
© Jonathan Riley
Gordon Magee, president of the Cornwallis Military Museum, is happy to think this Voodoo jet may fly again, especially considering it was the last one to ever fly in the world.
The jets will be leaving Cornwallis next week.
A team of a dozen mechanics from the Jet Aircraft Museum (JAM) in London, Ontario will arrive Saturday, Oct. 26 and start will disassembling the Voodoo and T33 jets on Sunday.
David Kreutzkamp, spokesperson for JAM, says Sunday they will start taking panels off the Voodoo (the one next to the museum) and taking a good look at its components.
Monday they will cut the T-33 (the one on the south side of Hwy 1) off its pedestal and will lower it with a crane.
Kreutzkamp says they can’t do much work on it while it is still up in the air.
The rest of the week will be taken up in disassembling and packaging the airplanes. On Thursday, the crane will return again to lift the Voodoo onto its low-profile flatbed and they should probably leave that day, says Kreutzkamp.
The Cornwallis Museum decided this summer to donate the planes to JAM because they couldn’t afford to look after the airplanes anymore.
[Earlier Courier article: Cornwallis jets headed to Ontario ]
The planes have been on display in the former Navy and later Canadian Forces base since 1987.
The Jet Aircraft Museum is not for profit foundation that has as its primary purposes the acquisition, display, preservation, maintenance and, most importantly, providing actual flying demonstrations for the people of Canada now and for generations to come.