RESTORATION DIARY
Grumman e-1b

THE HISTORY

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.

January 2023

The cowlings have been removed and the team has started the not so glamorous job of clearing out old debris

January 2023

The team opened the nose to check the condition inside.

January 2023

Now that the aircraft is closer to the restoration hangar, the team can better investigate the aircraft's condition.

December 2022

The restoration team removed both props prior to moving the aircraft.

December 2022

The E-1B crew used their trusty tug to move the aircraft closer to the restoration hangar

Before Preservation

The left side prior to preservation

Before Preservation

Navy markings prior to preservation.

Before Preservation

The right side prior to preservation.

Before Preservation

View from behind the aircraft.

Before Preservation

View from the front of the aircraft