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Ambulance from 'Ariel' found in aircraft graveyard!

POSTED BY: BROWNCOAT1
UPDATED: Friday, April 21, 2006 22:19
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Thursday, July 14, 2005 3:34 PM

RUXTON


Does anyone know if Joss is aware of this thing out there in the desert?
Is it mentioned on any other forum where he can read about it?
Would that be worth pursuing? Thoughts, please.

Of course, Joss has already used it for a one-off situation, so he'd
probably not be interested in its salvage. But I suspect he'd be pleased
(as would the other cast members) to know of the
efforts to save it.

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Friday, July 15, 2005 3:50 AM

RICKYJAMES



NEW PHOTOS OF AMBULANCE!!!

http://www.livejournal.com/users/akin/200275.html#cutid1

Akin went back to the boneyard. His blog / journal is one wacky fun place, I strongly encourage you to check some of his back posts on other non-Firefly topics. I literally had tears running down my cheeks laughing at this one:

http://www.livejournal.com/users/akin/198752.html#cutid1


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Friday, July 15, 2005 4:18 AM

CALLMESERENITY


ACK! How incredibly shiny is that? Oh, I hope it can be rescued and put back together and cleaned up and put somewhere where I can eventually come visit it!

"Somebody has to do something, and it's just incredibly pathetic that it has to be us." ~Jerry Garcia

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Friday, July 15, 2005 6:36 AM

GRANITE


Sent an email to a county supervisor with jurisdiction over Mojave, CA (an unincoporated city. Here's what I wrote:

Quote:

Near the Mojave Airport, near Farlin St., is a airplane scrapyard. In this scrapyard is a prop from the TV show ”Firefly” (a scifi show). It was a large fuselage used to create a futuristic ambulance in one of the episodes. A lot of fans are interested in preserving it, but nobody knows who owns the scrapyard (including many businesses who are nearby the scrapyard. I was wondering if you could help.

Here's the fan website for more info -
http://www.fireflyfans.net/thread.asp?b=2&t=11293

Thanks for any help you could give. I would love to get this piece in a tv museum.


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Friday, July 15, 2005 6:38 AM

DUCESTECUM


Quote:

Originally posted by angelharp42:
Quote:

This is so SHINY! You are the second Nashville Browncoat I've "met" through this thread. I've wondered where all the Nashville Browncoats have been hiding. What part of Nashville are you in? I'm in Dickson. I work with a Browncoat and we're planning on seeing Serenity together. Would you be interested in joining us?


Dickson!? I live in Fairview!!! I go to Dickson to go to Wal-Mart! Multiple shininess! Is it going to play at the Roxy opening night? If so, that's where I plan to be!



Too Awesome!!! I have been bemoaning the fact that other areas have shindigs but so far I haven't heard of any around here. If we keep locating other Browncoats from this area we can have our own. I was just talking with a coworker, fellow potential browncoat about attending the movie premier and she wants to go. She's from White Bluff. The Roxy would be great for both of us but I have a very close Browncoat buddy who lives in Nashville and that would be a long way to go for him. Anyway, we still have two months to work out the logistics and it is too SHINY knowing that a fellow Browncoat is so close by! BTW, I'm only 4.4 miles from Walmart! I sincerely look forward to meeting you.

"And I'm thinking you weren't burdened with an over-abundance of schooling." Mal, Train Job

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Friday, July 15, 2005 7:05 AM

BROWNCOAT1

May have been the losing side. Still not convinced it was the wrong one.


Excellent work Akin!!!

So the wings & tail section are there! How shiny is that! So some paint, some engines, some TLC and she is as good as new.

Love the pic done up like Wash when he first finds her in the junkyard. Very appropriate since it looks like we will be saving her from the scrap heap again.

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Monday, July 18, 2005 2:00 AM

DUCESTECUM


Quote:

Originally posted by angelharp42:
Quote:

This is so SHINY! You are the second Nashville Browncoat I've "met" through this thread. I've wondered where all the Nashville Browncoats have been hiding. What part of Nashville are you in? I'm in Dickson. I work with a Browncoat and we're planning on seeing Serenity together. Would you be interested in joining us?


Dickson!? I live in Fairview!!! I go to Dickson to go to Wal-Mart! Multiple shininess! Is it going to play at the Roxy opening night? If so, that's where I plan to be!



Angelharp, where are you? I'm trying to get folks together for the BDM. You can reach me at Whedonfan1540@Yahoo.com. Looking forward to hearing from you!

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Monday, July 25, 2005 10:52 AM

GRANITE


*bump*

wondering if anyone found out anymore info about the ambulence

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Wednesday, July 27, 2005 11:22 AM

ELLYDRAGON


Bump twice!

And, as an aside? I love you guys. I just think it is so cool to see a group of people working together to try and put something together for a creative project that they love, even though they weren't the writers or actors on it. And because it's the coolest show ever.

It'd certainly be a great thing to use to start a Firefly/Serenity museum. As someone whose parents stopped at anything that said 'Museum' outside it, the privately owned small museum may be a lost art form, but not entirely extinct.

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Thursday, July 28, 2005 4:48 AM

BROWNCOAT1

May have been the losing side. Still not convinced it was the wrong one.


Granite & RickyJames: any word back on the respective emails you both sent inquiring on the ambulance?

Akin? Had any luck on your end?

I really don't want to see this thread buried & the ambulance forgotten about.

Curse my luck for living in Virginia. If I lived closer I could drive out & make inquiries.

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Thursday, July 28, 2005 7:53 AM

LETOV


I listened to this week's "The Signal" ( www.serenityfirefly.com) podcast and they mentioned Akin's find. Now there will be more than ever waiting for news on this great find. I'm only sad that they didn't mention it to Adam Baldwin in their interview.

- Leto_V

"Well, my days of not taking you
seriously are certainly coming to
a middle." - Mal

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Thursday, July 28, 2005 9:00 AM

UNCHARTEDOUTLAW


Good gorram! We gotta get that thing! That's awesome. :D I'd totally be down for forming a conglomerate of fans to purchase and restore it. We cannot let that thing go to waste!

-Taylor

The Uncharted Outlaw!

Read My Words:
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San Jose Area Browncoats:
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Thursday, July 28, 2005 9:09 AM

AKIN


Quote:

Originally posted by LetoV:
I listened to this week's "The Signal" ( www.serenityfirefly.com) podcast and they mentioned Akin's find. Now there will be more than ever waiting for news on this great find. I'm only sad that they didn't mention it to Adam Baldwin in their interview.

- Leto_V

"Well, my days of not taking you
seriously are certainly coming to
a middle." - Mal



Bit of an update... http://www.livejournal.com/users/akin/205927.html

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Thursday, July 28, 2005 10:03 AM

BROWNCOAT1

May have been the losing side. Still not convinced it was the wrong one.


"Well, guess it's time for an update about the Firefly Ambulance...

Went up there again yesterday... was on the way to Bakersfield to check at the Kern County Assessor's Office to try to find out who owns the property, since nothing we had done had worked yet. Adam Whiting has been doing unbelievable internet sleuthing!

The good news is that while I was up there, securing a sign to the gate asking for the owner to please call me... the owner pulled up! Turns out that Adam had it right all along... it was the same outfit that he had located, it's just that there website is all messed up and none of the links or contact info was working. It is not Scroggins Avaition!

The bad news... he isn't too excited about selling. he is going to talk with his dad (who still technically owns it all, although he's getting on in years) about whether or not they would sell it. He would happily trade it for some kind of surplus aviation stuff or something, but I doubt that the fan community has a whole lot available.

He plans on creating an museum of sorts with some of his many aircraft (he has two more lots with a lot more that I was unaware of), and he wants to include the ambulance in it. I'm not sure why he wants to keep it, since it's not a real aircraft and he knows it, but at least if he makes his museum people would be able to visit it. He will not let people in to see it now (hope he never finds my LJ! heh...)"



Hmmm......

The owner is not interested in selling??? That is not good. It is not even a real aircraft so I am curious as to why he wants to hold onto it. Could be he senses an interest and is setting the stage to drive the cost to sell high.

Perhaps a fund drive is in order to gather funds to see if we can purchase it. I know I for one am lacking in antique aviation equipment just lying around to trade him, but I would gladly donate money to save the ship.

Thoughts?

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"May have been the losing side. Still not convinced it was the wrong one."

Richmond, VA & surrounding area Firefly Fans:

http://tv.groups.yahoo.com/group/richmondbrowncoats/


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Thursday, July 28, 2005 10:08 AM

AKIN


Quote:

Originally posted by BrownCoat1:

Hmmm......

The owner is not interested in selling??? That is not good. It is not even a real aircraft so I am curious as to why he wants to hold onto it. Could be he senses an interest and is setting the stage to drive the cost to sell high.

Perhaps a fund drive is in order to gather funds to see if we can purchase it. I know I for one am lacking in antique aviation equipment just lying around to trade him, but I would gladly donate money to save the ship.

Thoughts?

__________________________________________

"May have been the losing side. Still not convinced it was the wrong one."

Richmond, VA & surrounding area Firefly Fans:

http://tv.groups.yahoo.com/group/richmondbrowncoats/




There was someone on another board who claimed he had "more money than time" and wanted to help out... did anyone else see that one? I can't remember where it was...

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Thursday, July 28, 2005 2:55 PM

UNCHARTEDOUTLAW


Scroggins sounds like many people I know in the VW community. As soon as there's interest in something, it's either not for sale or costs something extravagant!

Damn you Scroggins! You're now a villian in a fic I'll write someday!

-Taylor

The Uncharted Outlaw!

Read My Words:
http://norcalriviera.blogspot.com

San Jose Area Browncoats:
http://tv.groups.yahoo.com/group/SiliconGulchBrowncoats

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Thursday, July 28, 2005 3:16 PM

AKIN


Quote:

Originally posted by UnchartedOutlaw:
Scroggins sounds like many people I know in the VW community. As soon as there's interest in something, it's either not for sale or costs something extravagant!

Damn you Scroggins! You're now a villian in a fic I'll write someday!

-Taylor




Well, remember, it is NOT Scroggins Aviation... it is another firm altogether...

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Thursday, July 28, 2005 4:46 PM

UNCHARTEDOUTLAW


Well, dangit...there's gonna be a villian. ;) Just get me his name whenever, okay? Heard the finding report on Signal #4 today, too. Mighty shiny. Even my FF friends at work were impressed with the find!

-Taylor

The Uncharted Outlaw!

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Thursday, July 28, 2005 7:03 PM

AGLACA


My father has some Air Force connections to the junk yard in NV, I'll see what I can do but don't hope for much.

I was at that junk yard once when I was a lot younger, has military aviation of every kind from the past 40 years or so. I know there will be something in there he will want, the trick is to see how hard it would be for me to get it.

Aglaca

You can't take the sky from me.

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Thursday, July 28, 2005 7:50 PM

AKIN


Quote:

Originally posted by Aglaca:
My father has some Air Force connections to the junk yard in NV, I'll see what I can do but don't hope for much.

I was at that junk yard once when I was a lot younger, has military aviation of every kind from the past 40 years or so. I know there will be something in there he will want, the trick is to see how hard it would be for me to get it.

Aglaca

You can't take the sky from me.



Wow... if you can find any kind of airframes, or in particular any kind of unique pieces, he would most likely deal...

Then, of course, we'd have to figure out what to do with it...

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Friday, July 29, 2005 11:52 AM

AGLACA


Negitive on that.

If he decided to make it non-profit I might have a chance, but mostly they keep everything there for storage and parts. Everything there is still on the military books. The only time my father knows of anything coming out of there (other than in parts) is for Government museums and sometimes shows the military puts on (like Air Shows and the SAC Museum).

I'm too tired to spell check this post, just wanted everyone to know that my idea was a no-go. Need to think of something else.

Aglaca

You can't take the sky from me.

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Wednesday, August 3, 2005 9:12 AM

BROWNCOAT1

May have been the losing side. Still not convinced it was the wrong one.


Quote:

Originally posted by Akin:
There was someone on another board who claimed he had "more money than time" and wanted to help out... did anyone else see that one? I can't remember where it was...




That would be Horseplayer who posted above on Wed, 7/13 @ 21:46:

Quote:

Dear Akin

As an idiot with more money than time, I would be very interested in buying it and bringing it back to my home in Las Vegas(not too far).

I would of course, invite interested Firefly fans over from time to time to see it if anyone is interested.

If you could keep me posted on what you find out, I would very much appreciate it.

Thank you

Peter




You might want to private message him through this site to see how serious he is & if he is willing to talk to the owner.


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Thursday, August 18, 2005 7:49 AM

AKIN


Quote:

Originally posted by BrownCoat1:

You might want to private message him through this site to see how serious he is & if he is willing to talk to the owner.




Just did... I also put up a couple of updates, if you guys haven't seen them...

http://www.livejournal.com/users/akin/210813.html
http://www.livejournal.com/users/akin/211071.html

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Sunday, September 11, 2005 12:59 PM

AWHITING


I just created a yahoo group and paypal account for the Ariel ambulance rescue operation:

http://groups.yahoo.com/group/ArielAmbulance/

I've been in contact with Akin for a couple of months now. I tracked down the company that owned the scrap yard, but ran out of luck there--none of the contact information on their website works anymore. Akin was on a trip up to Bakersfield to find some names on public record (based on some ID numbers I had found), when he got lucky and ran into one of the elusive owners. Now I'm stepping up to help organize the rescue efforts. Please join me.

Adam
www.adamwhiting.com/Firefly

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Monday, September 12, 2005 9:04 AM

BROWNCOAT1

May have been the losing side. Still not convinced it was the wrong one.


*bump*

If you are interested in helping to rescue the ambulance from the episode "Ariel", please check out the link:

http://groups.yahoo.com/group/ArielAmbulance/

We can use help in finding a location to place the ambulance once we have it, and we need donations to purchase it from the current owners.

__________________________________________

"May have been the losing side. Still not convinced it was the wrong one."

Richmond, VA & surrounding area Firefly Fans:

http://tv.groups.yahoo.com/group/richmondbrowncoats/

http://www.richmondbrowncoats.org


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Monday, February 13, 2006 7:23 AM

AKIN


Just FYI folks, things are happening... it looks like we may actually wind up with the ambulance, and a call is going out for volunteers to help with the recovery and restoration...

http://groups.yahoo.com/group/ArielAmbulance/

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Monday, February 13, 2006 9:40 AM

BROWNCOAT1

May have been the losing side. Still not convinced it was the wrong one.


Quote:

Originally posted by Akin:
Just FYI folks, things are happening... it looks like we may actually wind up with the ambulance, and a call is going out for volunteers to help with the recovery and restoration...

http://groups.yahoo.com/group/ArielAmbulance/




Great news Akin!

I can't physically help w/ recovery or restoration as I am in Virginia, but I will be happy to make a donation.

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"May have been the losing side. Still not convinced it was the wrong one."

Richmond, VA & surrounding area Firefly Fans:

http://tv.groups.yahoo.com/group/richmondbrowncoats/

http://www.richmondbrowncoats.org


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Thursday, April 20, 2006 7:43 PM

MIRAXTERRIK


Hey all the Ariel Ambulance is safe. Thanks to an anonymous donor the Goal has been reached.

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Thursday, April 20, 2006 10:04 PM

MIKEC


thats great news! anyone know if the engine parts where found?

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Friday, April 21, 2006 12:35 AM

RACH



That's exceptionally cool. I'm very jealous I only got on in March! Where's it going to live?

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On June 23rd, we aim to misbehave.

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Friday, April 21, 2006 1:06 AM

AGATSU


Ah crap, missed all the fun... again.
And again, I am overwhelmed by your dedication, guys. You're my heroes.
Contact the Serenity Now/Equality Now - people about this, maybe they wanna use it for their biggest screening or something. That thing parked next to the theatre should attract attention. Photo opportunities (more money for charity) included.
Think there's time to restore it until then? Probably not, since it's not even bought yet, but it would be ultra-shiny and definitely get media attention.

One day.
One mission.
One army of Browncoats.

On June 23rd, we aim to misbehave.
http://serenityjune23rd.com/

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Friday, April 21, 2006 3:07 AM

BSCPANTHERFAN


You and I both, AGATSU.

Just found this thread and thought that it was great that people are taking care of props from the Big Damn Show. After all, we will need them again !



So who is he?
He's my husband.
Well who in the damn galaxy ain't!

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Friday, April 21, 2006 4:32 AM

AZTECHROME


Durn.

I missed it too.
If I'd had the resources, I would have picked up that collector's item too.

This is a great achievement by itself.

It'll probably stay in good condition in Las Vegas.
Hope someone gets to play with it, just a little bit.

"Where is the difference between work and love? Show me..." (JLG Passion)

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Friday, April 21, 2006 5:11 PM

AERIN


Wow! I completely missed out on this. It makes for an awesome story, though. After a few entries I realized the thread started in '05 and I gave up hope that the Browncoats were able to pull it off. I thought the thread just got bumped. Imagine my surprise at the end. What a great story! An emotional rollercoaster full of twists and turns. I would love to hear where the medic chopper finally ends up. I think this would make a really great news story (maybe start with the local news where ever the craft is going to end up).

We've done the impossible and that makes us mighty!

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Friday, April 21, 2006 10:19 PM

PHOENIXROSE

You think you know--what's to come, what you are. You haven't even begun.


Wow, I missed it too! Glad the big damn prop is safe, though, that's fantastic news!
Where is it going to live? Do we know? This is such an exciting find!

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