Am curious about the deep history of DZ too so here's my recollection (happy to be corrected) for in case some future 'historian' finds this and cares.how did they get it from valencia back to SanFran, one piece on top of a container ship or deconstructed? if the latter then why not reassemble on site?
DZ was shipped to SD on a barge, see the 'Bitchin Ass Groovy' vid above. And to add some more-fun detail, 3 spars were on that barge. They were sized (in age too) from 178' to 188' to 198'. The wing was in a still-secret construction project at an aerospace facility in Sedro Wooley, a few miles from Anacortes. I forget how the wing reached SD, would be fun to know.
From SD to Valencia was aboard the Ocean Lady (they were on standby waiting for whatever court decision) and that cargo included the wing but iirc only the two shorter spars. I believe they broke the big one off the coast of SD one afternoon but somehow nobody got hurt out there.
Valencia back to SF could be fun to look up. The only detail I can remember about the final journey to Oracle HQ is about how they took it up some waterway that got them close, then it was helicoptered into that HQ pond. BOR did release a pic or two, maybe even a video.
So... Am guessing it returned intact, doing the Ride On atop a container ship, to SF Bay.
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