This Constellation was opereated by Trans Canada (CF-TGE) from 1954 to 1963. From then on a long history it got.
It was dismantled on january 6th. 2006 and compleeted february 27th. 2006. It was placed in a nearby storage. By March 8th aircraft removed from site and stored in Cargo Star’s yard less than a mile from its former home
Even though MOF claims clear title to the aircraft on page 8 of its January/February 2006 newsletter, on May 26, 2006 the Department of Canadian Heritage denied the museum a permit to export it to the United States. Permit was denied after it was determined that the Super Connie was “of significant cultural and historic importance to Canada”. (see the Constellation News page of this website for additional details)
MOF appealed the decision and the appeal was denied in September 2006
A fair market value of $329K was established and Canadian museums were given the opportunity to purchase the aircraft from the MOF
No offers were forthcoming and on March 8, 2007 the coveted export permit was issued
Transported from Toronto to the former Griffis AFB in Rome, NY on June 7, 2007 where it will be reassembled, inspected, repaired, painted in TCA colors and transported to Seattle for display at the MOF. This effort is being performed by the Empire Aero Center expected to take upwards of 12 months to complete
Rolled out of Empire Aero Center hangar on November 12, 2008 in full 1950’s era Trans Canada Air Lines Colors. A few finishing touches need to be completed and it is expected that the aircraft will be disassembled for shipment to the MOF in the spring of 2009.
It was the last Super Contellation in Canada.