The Sanford Airport Memorial Committee was asked by the Museum of Naval Aviation in Pensacola if we would be interested in the acquisition of a Lockheed PV-1 Ventura for restoration and eventual display along side our first aircraft ,the RA-5C Vigilante in our memorial park.
 
The Ventura was one of the first aircraft assigned to NAS Sanford.
 
The committee agreed that this aircraft would make a good addition to our display in the park.
 
The main fuselage and engines were located in Stockton, California and the wings and other parts were located in Chino, California.
 
A crew of volunteers was selected to proceed to California to dismantle the aircraft for shipping to Sanford for restoration.
 
After a three day cross country drive the team arrived at Stockton airport and began the dismantle and engine removal. The job took three days. The crew then came back to Sanford and awaited the arrival of our new project.

The wings and remaining parts would be shipped to us at a later date.
 
The aircraft was unloaded at our hangar and preparations began for restoration.
 
We have completed the first phase which included cleaning and corrosion control,and are now in the process of reassembling the aircraft.