In 2019, retired Army NCO Mark Sandercock led a crew of 5 to restore the relatively untouched control cab interior. They hand cleaned and painted the interior over the course of a couple of weeks. Other improvements and repairs include restitching the dry rotted curtains and the addition of solar powered night lights. The volunteers would still like to re-canvas the cockpit seats. Aside from that, they feel their job is complete.
In March 1962, the TC-497 left LeTourneau's Longview, TX factory for the Army's Yuma Proving Ground (YPG). The Army had…Continue Reading
I have been communicating with the private seller of a new TC-497 8mm film. Even after the sale was complete,…Continue Reading
I acquired an 8mm film of the TC-497 in the Army's Proving Ground, Yuma, AZ. The process is extremely slow…Continue Reading
Project Mobility occurred from June 5-10, 1961 at Fort Eustis, Virginia. During the 6 day exercise, The United States Army…Continue Reading