Tuesday, March 13, 2018

1953 KC-97 debuts at the I-X Center before being converted into a restaurant (thanks Marc!)

 the Summit Racing Equipment Piston Powered Auto-Rama March 16-18 is this weekend in Cleveland,

 A piece of Ohio aviation history will be on display for the first time, a Boeing KC-97G Stratofreighter

"There are very few of these around the world, and only one in the whole world flying," said show manager Steve Legerski.

The 1953 aircraft that saw duty in the Ohio National Guard in the 1960s was acquired by the I-X Center last year after it sat for nearly 40 years at the Military Aircraft Storage and Disposition Center at the Davis-Monthan Air Force Base in Arizona.

It was painstakingly disassembled by a group of former race car mechanics led by former A.J. Foyt Crew Chief William “Tex” Powell and shipped by truck to Cleveland

Plans are eventually to build a pad on the south outside of the building where the plane will eventually be converted into a restaurant for the public to enjoy



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