The preservation of the E-1B (Bureau Number 147217) has commenced. In December 2022 the aircraft was removed from the outdoor display, where it has been since 1981, and brought into the restoration hangar.
Aircraft that must be exposed to the weather will inevitably deteriorate. This condition cannot be stopped. It can be mitigated and slowed to some degree. Preservation efforts will help slow the deterioration. As an outside display aircraft, our current E-1B preservation is designed to improve the exhibit as well as protect it. Our actions involve some disassembly but are not as detailed as a restoration.
This particular E-1B was flown by and dedicated to Lou Rell, the husband of former CT Governor Jodi Rell. Lou was a well-known member and volunteer at the Museum. This preservation honors his memory.