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A History of Austin's Newest General Aviation Airport
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Chapter 11
fees ($125), U.S. port charges and delivery to
door fees ($990), insurance ($720), and use
of a crane to offload the engine at my ware-
house, which we might or might not need
($900), and the whole thing came to just shy
of $10,000.
In the end, all the effort and expense were
worth it. The Rolls Royce engine finally ar-
rived at the Port of Galveston in April 2004,
and subsequently trucked to a race shop I
maintained not far from my home in Houston.
Cleaning It Up
Once on-site, my precious Concorde en-
gine sat waiting for a home for the next six
years--until I completed construction of the
terminal building at the Austin Executive Air-
port. The engine was dirty when it crossed
the pond and six years of dust hadn't done it
any favors. My plan was to make this hunk of
mostly titanium alloy a showpiece of the new
terminal waiting area, and that meant polish-
ing the thing to a high shine.
2011. The yellow metal frame surrounding the engine is the heavy-duty steel shipping stand which was replaced
with a gray lighter-weight custom-made display stand. Photo courtesy of David Hannah III.