An 85 ton Sims Crane
sets a Korean War era USAAF T-33 training aircraft atop the new entryway sign at the Lakeland, FL Sun’N Fun Air Museum
. The aircraft, once flown by the Air Force “Thunderbirds” has been restored over 18 months entirely by a team of veteran volunteers at the air museum. The sign created and developed by Dixie Signs, Inc.
of Lakeland brings the T-33 to life, displaying the aircraft in a subtle pitch and roll, immortalizing the aircraft in the spirit of flight.
The annual Sun’N Fun Fly-In and Expo event runs March 29 through April 3, 2011 in Lakeland, FL.
|The T-33 rests in the hanger during final preparations.|
|Veteran restoration volunteer Ron Smith carefully tows the T-33 from the hanger.|
|The aircraft takes a short trip down the runway to the staging area.|
|Riggers attempt to attach the aircraft to a specially made display stand.|
|The team works together to reassemble to fuselage paneling.|
|Volunteers Ron Smith and Mike Petrow admire their craftsmanship on the T-33 restoration.|
|Final adjustments are made to the rigging to ensure the stand aligns with the awaiting base section.|
|The aircraft is aligned in position with the base portion of the sign.|
|Once in place, the T-33 only needs to be turned to its final position for the enjoyment of future guests.|
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