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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 the shadows...

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 there!  Obi-Shawn, 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 some interviews...

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...

Current Mood: accomplished

(31 comments | Leave a comment)

[User Picture]
Date:May 7th, 2006 03:41 am (UTC)
Dude, these pictures are, like the awesomest! Nice work to all involved! Wish I could've been there!
[User Picture]
Date:May 7th, 2006 04:11 am (UTC)


Great work, thank you so much for sharing all of this...
it is very exciting!
[User Picture]
Date:May 7th, 2006 06:10 am (UTC)

How cool is that?
[User Picture]
Date:May 7th, 2006 06:44 am (UTC)
Congratulations on accomplishing what you set out to achieve. :)
[User Picture]
Date:May 7th, 2006 08:24 am (UTC)
You, sir, are a big damn hero. Many thanks for rescuing a part of fandom history.

(And for the record, I got here from the Australian Browncoat community...word spreads fast :) )
[User Picture]
Date:May 7th, 2006 08:56 am (UTC)
that is the best thing EVER!!
[User Picture]
Date:May 7th, 2006 09:30 am (UTC)

A job well done!

I only wish I lived in the US, so I could see it!
[User Picture]
Date:May 7th, 2006 09:39 am (UTC)
Here via Whedonesque. Many congratulations to all concerned!

Date:May 7th, 2006 12:05 pm (UTC)
An Ohio Browncoat here.
Great job Akin and all the other volunteers. Thank you Ace for getting involved and filming this event. Thank you to all the donors, especially anonymous. And of course thank you Adam for never giving up.

[User Picture]
Date:May 7th, 2006 01:49 pm (UTC)
Excellent! Thanks to you and the rest of the crew for all your hard work!
[User Picture]
Date:May 7th, 2006 01:55 pm (UTC)
Shiny! What a wonderful thing to do, congrats to everyone involved in saving the ambulance!
[User Picture]
Date:May 7th, 2006 02:06 pm (UTC)
You guys are amazing!

If you're looking for someone to design your shirts, I'm your gal! Just lemmi know what you're thinking and I'll get a few designs to you in a few days. I suggest, highly, CafePress for your t-shirt order, as they are really very good.

Just let me know if you're still interested. And if you're wondering about my skills, check out my website: http://novvakane.deviantart.com

Again, you guys rock and I have to say, this brought a little tear to my eye. It just goes to show that you can't stop the signal.

- Alida
[User Picture]
Date:May 7th, 2006 04:51 pm (UTC)
Yea! Thanks for the hard work and for Adam for throwing this all together.

(got here through the link provided on the SF Browncoats Yahoo Group).
[User Picture]
Date:May 7th, 2006 06:40 pm (UTC)
Here via buffy.nu

That is so awesome that the ambulance was saved from certain death. Can't wait 'til it's con-ready.
[User Picture]
Date:May 7th, 2006 08:27 pm (UTC)
You need to take that on tour after you get it restored!
Date:May 7th, 2006 08:33 pm (UTC)

Awesome Effort

So glad to be a small part of this with you guys (from a distance at least)!

Date:May 8th, 2006 02:44 am (UTC)

Excellent work!

Wow, it's amazing that this was found by someone who cared enough to figure out what it was and that so many people would go to such lengths to save it! You all did great! Thank you, this has got me all kinds of happy.
[User Picture]
Date:May 8th, 2006 05:01 am (UTC)
Amazing job, guys.
[User Picture]
Date:May 8th, 2006 01:08 pm (UTC)
This is no 'sua-shee' job...you pulled off the Big One! Congrats and Thanks!!!

Much Shininess,
[User Picture]
Date:May 8th, 2006 04:59 pm (UTC)
That is very impressive! Thanks for posting all the pictures!!
[User Picture]
Date:May 11th, 2006 09:34 am (UTC)
Date:May 9th, 2006 02:37 pm (UTC)
Outstanding, man! Over and over, we see that the fans really do make a difference when they work together. This is just one more example of the power of the fandom.

Responding from www.saveandromeda.com.
Date:May 14th, 2006 07:33 pm (UTC)
It's fans like you who keep shows alive :-D Awesome job!!
Date:May 15th, 2006 04:34 pm (UTC)

Well done!

Brilliant Job - well done!
(here from Fireflyfans.net)
Date:May 18th, 2006 10:39 am (UTC)

Re: Well done!

This makes me so happy! =D
Date:May 21st, 2006 04:28 am (UTC)

Minter Field Air Museum On Board

You have some fledgling Browncoats at the Musem now - also some "not-so-sure sceptics", but I feel secure in bringing them over to the good side.
I bought the TV Shows on DVD for the Museum's video library, as well as the Movie "Serenity". We have another movie prop in our yard: The cockpit of the F-80 Shooting Star that John Wayne shot all the closeups in for the movie "Jet Pilot", so the ambulance kind of fits in. We also have a Vietnamese (Sikorsy) H-34 helicopter, so the ambulance should feel at home.
We'll try to give a much help as our gangly group of volunteers can. As you, we are short on manpower and money, but long on determination and dreams.
Dean Craun, Vice-Chairman, Minter Field Air Museum
Date:June 18th, 2006 04:38 pm (UTC)

Ariel Ambulance Rescue

All involved in the rescue of such an artifact are greatly appriceated! You all are a great credit to this 'verse!

^^my Fireflyfans.net sig
Date:June 20th, 2006 12:50 pm (UTC)

Re: Ariel Ambulance Rescue

From SPAIN congratulations, good work.
Date:June 26th, 2006 10:26 pm (UTC)

Ambulance rescue

Is it made from an actual Hind helicopter? Or was it salvaged from the faux Hind copters used in Red Dawn and various other 80s movies featuring russian copters?
either way, shiny!
[User Picture]
Date:June 27th, 2006 08:31 am (UTC)

Re: Ambulance rescue

Nah, as best as we can tell, it's a half scale mock-up. It was never a flyable model or anything...

Allegedly it may have started life as a mock up of a French Puma, and then been used as a Hind in "The Hunt For Red October", but I don't even recall any MI-24s in that movie, so I don't know if that is true...
Date:July 19th, 2006 06:51 am (UTC)


I'm not going to say congratualtions for this find, but say thank you for this find. I'm sorry I just now discovered this effort but when i did it sure warmed my heart. Thank you for adding one more piece to the firefly season 2 puzzle and showing the world just how serious we all are about not letting this universe disappear.

Thank you.
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