McGuire Rededicates C-118 Liftmaster

Air Force officials at JB McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, N.J., rededicated a C-118 Liftmaster on static display in front of the McGuire Passenger Terminal, according to a base release. Earlier this year, restoration of the aircraft concluded after some three-and-a-half-years of work. “The reason we are out here today is to recognize the Total Force effort that went into getting this aircraft back into pristine condition,” said Col. Richard Williamson, commander of the 305th Air Mobility Wing, during the May 14 ceremony. Restoring the aircraft included replacing the tires, removing and cleaning the windows, repairing the sheet metal, and applying a fresh coat of paint, states McGuire’s May 23 release. SMSgt. Chris Hofrichter, flight superintendent for Air Force Reserve Command’s 514th Maintenance Operations Squadron, and Corinne Alvord, former historical property custodian for the 305th AMW, led the restoration project, which began in October 2009, according to the release. Members of the 305th AMW, AFRC’s 514th AMW, and 87th Air Base Wing all participated in restoring the C-118. (McGuire report by A1C Ryan Throneberry)