The I-X Center’s C-97 was built in Seattle, Washington, in 1953 and was used at U.S. Air Force and National Guard bases across the country and in Germany.

Its service ended in 1978, and it was shipped to the Military Aircraft Storage and Disposition Center at the Davis-Monthan Air Force Base in Arizona.

Beginning in April 2017, William “Tex” Powell (former crew chief for race driver A.J. Foyt) and his crew began the disassembly of the aircraft. They then loaded the pieces — wings, engines, fuselage (in two parts) — on trucks for their six-day journey to Cleveland.