SO... the Ariel Ambulance is in Browncoat hands!
I've so many pictures, I don't even know where to start!
I think most of the credit goes to Adam Whiting... without him, there would
be no group,
and there is no way that this would have happened. Let me stress one
thing... the (ex)owner is actively trying to sell his yard, and it is likely
that everything there is going to be scrapped, and the Ambulance would have been
gone forever! Without his internet sleuthing, it's likely that we never
would have found the owner, and we certainly wouldn't have gotten such a shiny
group together and been able to raise the money!
Big thanks also go out to our anonymous benefactor, who wishes to remain in
And, yes, as has been pointed out repeatedly, if I wasn't such an odd fellow,
who went out of his way to investigate a scrap yard in the desert, absolutely
none of this would have happened...
But anyway... the Ambulance is now resting in the yard at the Minter
Field Air Museum, awaiting restoration; and we hope to get it it Worldcon!
So... pictures... where to begin...
Had some interesting vehicles show up just to bring the Browncoats out
of course, arrived in his H-wing...
Ace Underhill showed up in a DeLorean! Yes, THAT Ace Underhill, the guy
working on trying to make a second
season of our favorite show! He came along to help out and to film
Anyway... the Ambulance... the Motley crew of Browncoats
Let's see if I can remember everyone... from left to right, there's
Obi-Shawn, Scott Flowers, Me, Doug Anderson, Dean Ming, and Ace Underhill.
Not visible due to being photographers is my buddy Scott Bays, and Ace's
cameraman, Michael Bortoli. Just because they're not in the shot doesn't
mean that they didn't help out! This was taken after we had gotten it on
the trailer... there was a bit of work before that...
That's the owner, Shawn Kilby, in the orange shirt...
Lifting it up to the trailer...
... and lowering it down to it's side. At first, we thought this would
be the best way to move it...
Getting the tail ready to move...
Hmmm... this isn't gonna work...
Okay, lift it up again!
Yeah... this should work...
One final detail to take care of before we can leave... *mutter* should have
printed up a bill of sale before coming out here...
There goes the fans' hard-earned money!
Here's a video
clip of the Ambulance beginning it's journey...
We ran in to a situation similar to what the BDHs had in "Out Of
Gas"... well, kinda...
I don't have a lot of pictures of the unloading at the museum... I do have
this (larger) video
clip of the Ambulance being set down...
That's Scott Bays on the right in this one...
Me, with the rescued Ambulance!
There are quite a few more pictures that were taken by others, and I hope
they provide links as they get them online. Dean Ming, Scott Bays,
Obi-Shawn, and Scott Flowers came up to the Museum from the desert with me to
drop it off. The crew at the Museum included Dean Craun, Dave Patterson,
Jess "The Gimp" Dodd, Lyle Strader, and Liz Siemens. We do have
a group photo, which I will link to as soon as Obi-Shawn is able to get it
online! Everyone who helped today deserves a huge round of thanks (and
drinks... feel free to offer if you find yourself in Los Angeles!), and I was
toying with the notion of an exclusive "I Helped Save The Ariel Ambulance"
tee-shirt for this elite crew. Errr... if anyone has any skill with things
like designing shirts, feel free to offer suggestions for the design!
And, of course, I think I mentioned before that none of this would have
happened without the tireless efforts of Adam Whiting!
There's still a bit of work to be done before she's going to be ready for any
cons, but at least there's no danger of being mashed in to scrap!
As before, I'd appreciate it if people would provide links to wherever they
find this story popping up...
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