A piece of Canadian military history in Chilliwack made its first move on the weekend towards its final destination at the British Columbia Aviation Museum on Vancouver Island.
Crews hooked the large Grumman CP-121 Tracker to an Aggressive Towing truck late afternoon on Saturday (Jan. 23) at its location near the University of the Fraser Valley by the Vedder River.
While being filmed by a Discovery Channel crew, the plan was to move the plane over approximately seven hours from 11 p.m. to 6 a.m. the next day.
“We’re going to have power tools to cut some street signs as we go, and we’ll weld them back together afterwards,” said Dean Fraser from the Canadian Military Education Centre (CMEC) in Chilliwack. “We’ve notified Telus and Shaw and we’ll have flagging crews that are watching for traffic at each intersection that it goes through.”
The destination for now, is a lumber yard on Industrial Way near the Fraser River. That’s where it will spend the rest of the winter before moving on to Victoria in the spring.
“When the water level is high enough, the guys from the B.C. Aviation Museum have a barge and a tug lined up, and it’ll be sent over to the Island,” Fraser said.
For years, this airplane was displayed near the Vedder Bridge. Visitors to the CMEC gawked at its massive near-70 foot wingspan and marvelled at the way its wings could fold up, like arms reaching 30 feet into the air.
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