AFI was asked by the Royal Air Force Museum London to arrange the transportation of a former US Air Force Lockheed C130 Hercules cockpit.
With over 2500 aircraft having been built, the Hercules is one of the most important transport aircraft in the world.
This particular aircraft was a WC130 example with the “W” denoting it was used for weather-related duties, including flying through Hurricanes to collect important data.
The aircraft was located in Arizona USA and being over 4 ½ metres in diameter presented a few challenges in moving it to its new home.
It was needed in the UK in time for the 100th Anniversary celebrations of the RAF so we had to work under a close time constraint as it has to be in position by mid-June 2018.
Road permits, vehicle escorts, export permits etc were all put in place and with help from our partners in the USA, CJ International, the Oceanfreight of the aircraft from the US West Coast to Southampton was organised.
Once it arrived the aircraft was cleared through UK customs. Next, we had to get Highways agency permission for its delivery to the museum. Its size meant it taking up two lanes on the motorway network and the capital’s roads. Despite the potential obstacles in its way, the aircraft arrived at the museum on time and ready for its installation for display to the public.