And then it finally flew! On saturday 19Mar2016 Columbine II took to the skies again, its first flight since the recent restoration started!
"In the stifling, mid-day heat of Saturday, March 19th the hard-earned dreams of a year-long effort saw the first post-restoration flight of the Lockheed VC-121A Constellation known as Columbine II. As the graceful, silver bird rumbled into the sky, a huge cheer rose up from the small crowd gathered to watch at the Marana Air Park in Marana, Arizona.
The Connie was in the air for roughly an hour on that first flight as the crew evaluated her performance."