Wings Across America 2008: The Journey of the SQuiRT, The Travel Case
Traveling around the country can be tedious and damaging. To make sure the SQuiRT survived the trip Steve Griffin designed and built a custom travel box specifically for the plane and support equipment. The plane, wings, electronics, and spare parts all have designated areas and support to minimize damage. With all of the stops you can see why this plane and equipment needed a custom case.
The case started its life as a clean box and ended its journey covered in stickers from clubs and signatures from pilots. Along the way, the box picked up many mementos from forums like Wattflyers.com and RCgroups.com, and organizations like the U.S. Customs and CBP Border Patrol. Frank wanted to have all the pilots’ signatures, but he knew the plane was not a logical place. In the box he included a permanent marker and encouraged all of the pilots to sign the case.
The travel case, signed by each pilot, is not on exhibit due to concerns over the light fading the signatures. Instead, the case is safely stored in the museum’s storage area.
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