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Charlotte-Douglas Airport (CLT) Expansion

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7 minutes ago, saamh said:

https://www.google.com/amp/s/amp.charlotteobserver.com/news/business/article224298985.html

The aviation museum is needing to move from its current location... how great would this museum be if they found a way to move it uptown, what a great tourist attraction it would be. Gets about 70,000 visitors annually 

Uptown would be so awesome. I realize getting aircraft into Uptown would be really expensive compared to being on the airport runways, but maybe some of the aviation businesses in the Carolinas could sponsor the museum and get free publicity on their impact to the Carolinas. I'm looking at you Collins Aerospace, Curtiss-Wright, Honeywell, Boeing (787 plant in Charleston), Honda Aircraft Company (Greensboro), GE Aviation, etc... The parade of moving the aircraft through the Uptown streets could be a good advertising opportunity for businesses as well. 

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1 hour ago, CLT2014 said:

Uptown would be so awesome. I realize getting aircraft into Uptown would be really expensive compared to being on the airport runways, but maybe some of the aviation businesses in the Carolinas could sponsor the museum and get free publicity on their impact to the Carolinas. I'm looking at you Collins Aerospace, Curtiss-Wright, Honeywell, Boeing (787 plant in Charleston), Honda Aircraft Company (Greensboro), GE Aviation, etc... The parade of moving the aircraft through the Uptown streets could be a good advertising opportunity for businesses as well. 

I totally agree with everything you said, what an amazing opportunity it would be to have this amazing museum in uptown 

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7 hours ago, saamh said:

I totally agree with everything you said, what an amazing opportunity it would be to have this amazing museum in uptown 

Why is the museum moving?  

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54 minutes ago, xapostrophe said:

Why is the museum moving?  

Need more room for general aviation.  It will move somewhere on airport property no way it will go uptown.  Of course all the Levine land in 1st Ward would be big enough but seriously they need runway access. 

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Why do they need runway access? I don't think the nice one in Denver has it although there was an airport there. You can truck in planes. Most museum planes aren't going to fly in anyway. Although I would sure love to fly some of those suckers!

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13 hours ago, elrodvt said:

^Do they periodically take the DC3 up? Would like to see that.

I used to see it flying around every once in a while, but I haven't seen it in the last few years. Not sure when the last time they flew it was.

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15 hours ago, elrodvt said:

Why do they need runway access? I don't think the nice one in Denver has it although there was an airport there. You can truck in planes. Most museum planes aren't going to fly in anyway. Although I would sure love to fly some of those suckers!

Runway access isn't 100% necessary, it just makes it a lot easier and less expensive to acquire aircraft that are larger and still air worthy. For example, the Lockheed EC-130 on the tarmac of the Carolina Aviation Museum has a 132.6 foot wingspan. When the museum acquired this as part of the collection it just had to be flown in and parked for good at the museum. If it was moved away from a runway, you would have to fund raise a big initiative to remove the wings, get it on a truck, and move a 97.75 foot long fuselage and 38.8 foot tall tail through the streets of Charlotte, avoiding power lines, overpasses, and traffic lights along the way with roads shut down. 

In effect, the museum might be discouraged from taking on some larger air worthy aircraft exhibits simply due to the cost of getting the aircraft into an Uptown location. 

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19 minutes ago, CLT2014 said:

In effect, the museum might be discouraged from taking on some larger air worthy aircraft exhibits simply due to the cost of getting the aircraft into an Uptown location. 

Reminded of one of my favorite visuals ever, Endeavour traveling from LAX to the California Science Center 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JdqZyACCYZc

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Not CLT news but Raleigh announced today that Spirit will begin service to/from RDU to Baltime, Boston, Chicago, Detroit, Fort Lauderdale, New Orleans, Orlando all on May 2nd... RDU already has Allegiant and Frontier.

It would be great if CLT could attract Spirit to bring prices down and I hope they don’t fly out of concord like Allegiant does

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