Posted by Tom on April 15, 2019 
I've followed Skookum's return from a near grave in timber to this well-deserved event. My congratulations to all involved in this effort
Posted by Dana M. on April 15, 2019 
Interesting photo, nice capture Steve. I love "Skookum" - and I wish I had known about her long before now, as it was a distant relative of mine, Charles Morrow, that first bought her in 1958 and in 1960, camped in the woods with her, and spent nearly a month with two friends to dismantle and carry her out of the woods in pieces to trucks that would start her on her journey to rebirth. Unfortunately my relative died 18 years later in 1978, but I'm sure he would be proud to see the results of his labor and determination to bring her back to life. I'm a little "choked up" at seeing her, knowing the family ties I have to her - in a roundabout way! I hope that they've solved the issue with her habit of breaking the eccentric rod(s). I would hate to see her keep that stubborn issue continuing and cause her to eventually be sidelined and not operated anymore, but just become a static display. I don't think my relative would want that after what he went through to get her out of her "grave" in the Washington woods where she was left to die! He would want her to continue operating as she is now, as do I!
Posted by Joe on April 16, 2019 
What's the story of the Boeing Guppy to the left?
Posted by cnw4007 on April 18, 2019 
Surprised they are not sending it on flat cars by rail.
Posted by Steve Carter on April 19, 2019 
The aircraft is part of the Tillamook Air Museum, which uses part of the hanger, as does the OCSR. The OCSR has no connection to the U.S. Rail network, having been cut off by damage from severe storms a number of years ago.
Posted by Mitch Goldman on April 21, 2019 
Wild shot - fantastic coverage! Thanks Steve!
Posted by Dana M. on April 21, 2019 
In response to Joe - asking about the Boeing Guppy to the left - here's the answer: The museum’s Mini-Guppy was originally delivered to Pan American Airways in 1949 as a Boeing 377 Stratocruiser (prior to its conversion), which it flew until 1960 when it was returned to Boeing and sold to Santa Barbara based Aero-Spacelines in 1963. Converted to a Mini-Guppy, it first flew in 1967. After years of commercial use and ferrying such interesting items as NASA's Pioneer 10 Spacecraft (used to explore Jupiter and the Asteroid Belt) and Goodyear's Europa Airship, it was purchased by Erickson Air Crane in 1988 and used for the transport of large Air Crane helicopters until 1994 when it was acquired by the museum and retired. The Mini-Guppy was the first of the new generation of Guppy's that was built using an entirely new fuselage to connect the existing Stratocruiser sections. By designing a new fuselage, the aircraft was fitted with the first “wide-body” Guppy, with a 13 ft. wide cargo floor and a maximum inside diameter of 18 ft. with the constant section measuring just 73 ft. long. Three different variations of the Guppy were manufactured. The Pregnant Guppy, Super Guppy and the Mini-Guppy. I hope that answers his question - as well as anyone else.
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