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RCAF Voodoo Jet Move – Hydraulic Crane Hoist Abbotsford

RCAF Voodoo Jet Move – Hydraulic Crane Hoist Abbotsford

Eagle West Truck & Crane (a division of TNT Crane Canada) partnered with the City of Abbotsford to help relocate CF-101 Voodoo fighter-interceptor jet that has greeted visitors to Abbotsford International Airport . It has been relocated to its new resting place at the grand entrance to the terminal.

The move took place last Saturday and was challenging. A 200-tonne capacity hydraulic crane and members of the industrial moving crew from Eagle West were utilized to perform the move. The aircraft needed to be hoisted from its previous location, lifted over a light pole and a flagpole, then placed on a flat deck trailer. The trailer needed to have its width augmented with I-beams and steel plates to accommodate the wide landing gear of the Voodoo.

The relocation was part of the ongoing terminal renovations and upgrades occurring at the airport.

Jim Reith, president of the Abbotsford Airshow Society and Brodie Templeton, a member of both the airshow society and the Abbotsford Flying club were RCAF aircrew members who flew the Voodoo in service in the 1970s when it was a front-line fighter-interceptor as part of the NORAD system.

Templeton actually flew in this actual airframe (035) a number of times.

“We are very happy to see the Voodoo in its new place of honour,” said Reith. “It took over six hours to move the aircraft, but the move went flawlessly thanks to the crew from Eagle West and staff at the airport.”

To witness a fighter jet being transported on a low bed trailer down a road is a pretty cool spectacle. In our crane world we get the pleasure of seeing a ton of really cool jobs. This one definitely is a job that tops the list for 2014.

Enjoy the pictures and a great job done by Ron, Steve, Kelsey and Kim! We are proud to be Canadian and it’s great to see part of our military history being proudly displayed at the Abbotsford International Airport.

Credit for the story to the writers at the Abby News & Images by Tony R of EWC

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