The Museum's B-52G, Midnight Express, was repainted in its original Vietnam-era livery in Summer, 2017. It was disassembled to be transported down to the Museum's main campus Spring 2018, and the fuselage - the largest and final piece of the B-52 - was delivered in early June. The aircraft is now reassembled on the site where the new park will take shape in 2019.
The Museum of Flight is grateful to the leadership and enthusiasm of Bob Bogash, without whom this project would not be possible.
Restoration & Transport Timeline
June 2018:The B-52 wings and fuselage - the largest and final pieces of the aircraft - were transported in the middle of the night to the site where the new Vietnam Veterans Memorial Park will take shape. A welcome party was on-hand to celebrate this historic delivery, and the Museum team began reassembling the aircraft right away.
April 2018: Some of the smaller pieces, like the engine covers, begin to arrive at the Museum's main campus at Boeing Field.
March 2018: World Wide Aircraft Recovery arrives on-site at Paine Field to begin disassembling the B-52 to make it easier to transport down from Everett to Seattle.
August 2017: The restoration team preps the B-52 by power washing the exterior and outlining the color blocks for the camouflage design, and painting was completed by the end of August. The Museum extends a big “thank you” to the skilled experts of Global Jet Painting, Sterling Lacquer Manufacturing and AkzoNobel Aerospace Coatings, without whom this project would not be possible.
July 2017: The aircraft is relocated within Paine Field to begin restoration work, from the grass behind Castle & Cooke Aviation where it has sat for the past 24 years, to Boeing’s Kilo-6.