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Twin Beech Aircraft Lift

7 d77dfby Jim "Buck" Sorrenti

Duane "Dewey" Rogers started Dewey's Towing & Recovery in Beloit, Wisconsin, as a service station garage in 1955. Dewey passed away in 2007, but his legacy lives on. What started as a one-truck, one-man show has become a large family business.

On February 25, Dewey's 1075S Century rotator was requested to recover a plane at a local airport. The Twin Beech aircraft had an issue with the landing gear not locking in on landing at the Rock County Airport.

"We were called by the owner of the plane and one of the mechanics at the airport," Josh Wedel said, "which just happens to specialize in restoring and maintaining Twin Beech aircraft. It was 10 p.m. on Saturday night, so we decided to go out at 9 a.m. the next morning to lift the plane so we had better lighting."

The next morning Gary Wedel, Josh Wedel, and Matt Alland went out to do the lift. They responded with the rotator mounted on a 2009 Kenworth T800 that the customer requested.

When Dewey's recovery crew arrived at the airport, the mechanic had installed lifting eyes into each wing to aid them with the rigging of the aircraft.

"We attached 5-ton shackles into the lifting eyes that the airport mechanic had installed and then 12-ton shackles into the 5-ton shackles so we had room to place blue round slings to do the lift," Josh said. "The plane weighed less than 6,000 pounds. The airport closed the landing strip while we were doing the lift; it's not a very large airport."

As the 1075S began lifting the aircraft, the crew noticed that the plane was unbalanced and the tail was staying on the ground. The rotator gently set the plane back down, and the crew placed an aircraft jack on the tail section to keep it from hitting as the plane was lifted. With the aircraft jack in place, the rotator lifted the plane high enough so the landing gear could be manually cranked down and locked into position.

Once the plane was safely on its wheels, the airport personnel used an aircraft tug to move the plane across the airport and into the repair hanger.

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