DirectBuy Helps Preserve a Piece of American History
October 20, 2015
DirectBuy recently helped to preserve a Lockheed C-130 Hercules wing flap, a piece of American aviation history, for future generations. DirectBuy’s shipping division transported the C-130 wing flap donated by the Museum of the Albemarle in Elizabeth City, NC to Yankee Air Museum in Belleville, MI.
The wing flap was from a C-130 that served the Robins Air Force Base in Warner Robins, GA and was later assigned in 1977 to the U.S. Coast Guard Air Station in Elizabeth City for air and sea rescue. For several years it was part of the Museum of the Albemarle’s Coast Guard exhibit that recently closed. The wing flap is scheduled to be on display in 2017 when the construction of Yankee Air Museum’s new building is complete.
“Anyway we can assist the U.S. military and honor those veterans who have sacrificed for our freedom is always a privilege. It was an opportunity we couldn’t pass up,” said Danny Bownlin, general manager of the DirectBuy distribution center.
Army veteran Bruce Berk of DirectBuy’s shipping division and U.S. Air Force veteran Nick Consiglio of Yankee Air Museum coordinated the project. Two of our professional and dedicated drivers, Byron Merritt and Edd Rayfield, took all measures necessary to make sure the wing flap was secure and protected for transportation and drove the artifact over 700 miles in five days from the Museum of the Albemarle to Yankee Air Museum.
“Thank you to everyone involved for saving this piece of aviation history,” said Julie Osborn, curatorial director at Yankee Air Museum.
About the Lockheed C-130 Hercules
The Lockheed C-130 Hercules is a four-engine turboprop military transport aircraft originally designed for medivac, cargo, and troop transport. The U.S. started using C-130s in the 1950s during the Korean War. The C-130, noted for its versatility and ability to take off and land on unprepared runways, is one of the few military aircrafts to remain in continuous production and operation for over 50 years. C-130 aircrafts still serve the U.S. Air Force, Marine Corps and Coast Guard to this day.
About Yankee Air Museum
Yankee Air Museum is an aviation museum located at Willow Run Airport in Belleville, MI. In 1941, the Ford Motor Company built the airport to serve their B-24 bomber plant. When the war ended, the airport became a hub for the Detroit metropolitan area. Yankee Air Museum was born in 1981 when aviation enthusiasts began to restore and preserve Michigan's extensive aviation history. Since then, the museum has procured three WWII aircrafts and returned them to flyable status. The museum building houses 47,000 square feet of permanent and rotating aviation and historical displays. The museum, aircrafts, exhibits, events and educational programs are available to the public. For more information about Yankee Air Museum, visit