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"Easy Money" went from New Cumberland to Savanna Army Depot, where Boeing evaluated it for
Another view of #149 as she was found.
After several layers of paint were removed, the originality of the aircraft became
Doug Sprouse photo's - In Hanger 2413 at Felker AAF, Fort Eustis, VA., the long awaited
- The ramp had to be discarded completely, because it was
- Some sections were just too carroded, and had to be completely
- Looking aft down the right side, with paint stripped. The pods
- Looking forward on the right side, paint stripped, with
- Looking at the ramp area, with all plumbing removed, preparing
- Some of the intense repair work that had to be done to
- With all the skin repairs completed, and a new coat of primer, ole
- The front end was finally ready for it's first coat of Emeron!
Frank White photo's - On the 7-8 Feb 00, I had the opportunity to go to Ft. Eustis and do
- The right side Hard Point, above the forward landing gear.
- Inside looking aft, you can see the two wooden 'Shadowboxes" Doug built by the lateral
- Looking forward you can see the left side Shadowbox in place, and into the cockpit.
Just after finishing the Artwork, on 8 Feb 00.
The very first close-up of the new Artwork
Here you can compare the original to the restoration.
Norm Huston photo - (L) Jim Caudle; Project Manager for Cargo Helicopters.
Frank White photo - Mr. Doug Sprouse, who's magic became apparent early on in
Mark Jones, the initial project manager for the restoration, standing in
Doug and Stan
Mr. Paul Hughes, formerly with PEO AVN, done an outstanding job coordinating the
Doug Sprouse photo - The new M-5 chunker installed on EM's nose.
Abe photo - Doug working on the right side weapons pylon, as the project nears
Doug Sprouse photo - After the long awaited restoration, "Easy Money" is loaded onto
On the 25th of April, 2000, ole "Easy" begins her final journey... into history!
Frank Grose photo - "Easy Money" starting to come together again, during set-up at
Frank Grose photo - This is the one, who's brainchild this whole thing
Chris Christensen photo - A portion of the big crowd that attended
With the Dedication Ceremony underway, many participants from the Cargo Helicopter Users
Photo courtesy of The Army Aviation History Website: http://www.aviation.army.mil/
#64-13149 "Easy Money" on display at Redstone Arsenal, Alabama.
Families of Go-Go members, make pictures beside the big Warbird.
Getting ready for the Ceremony
"In the warm Alabama sun"
Jim Caudle (R) opens the Dedication Ceremony with a warm greeting. BG Joseph Bergantz,
|CWO Hicks made a short speech on behalf of the "Go-Go'ers". His respectful voice never wavered;|
he spoke of the unit that his father had served, and what it meant to be there with so many of his
father's friends. At the conclusion of the speech, a lone CH-47F flew overhead in a mock gun run;
A fitting tribute to "Easy Money", the "Go-Go'ers", and all their families and friends in attendance.
fwd by Mr. Bill Buzzell
..... Dave Clemmer photo