Fly By Wire Aviation launches a series of videos showing this operation

The spectacular transfer of the Spanish spy plane TM.17-4 'Reina del Espectro' to the Air Museum

In March we saw here the turbofan engines of the largest intelligence aircraft that has been operated by the Spanish Air Force.

The engines of the Spanish spy plane 'Reina del Espectro' that will be exhibited in Madrid
The last trip by road of the third Boeing 707 of the Spanish Air Force

That plane was a Boeing 707-351C built in 1966, with construction number 19164 and to which the military registration T.17-4 was assigned in Spain (being the fourth Boeing 707 received by the Spanish Air Force). This plane was sold to Spain in March 1996 by Israel Aircraft Industries (IAI), which in 1990 had added electronic intelligence (ELINT) equipment, turning it into a demonstration spy plane.

The TM.17-4 in a photo taken on October 12, 2010 (Photo: Carlos Menendez San Juan).

This aircraft was assigned to the 47 Air Forces Mixed Group, receiving a new registration: TM.17-4. This aircraft was a very valuable asset for the Armed Forces Intelligence Center (CIFAS), as it developed electronic intelligence collection (ELINT), electro-optical (EOPINT) and communications (COMINT) missions, some missions for which she received the nickname "Reina del Espectro" (Queen of the Spectrum). She made its last flight on July 17, 2014, remaining since then at the Getafe Air Base until December 2023, when she was transferred by land to the Cuatro Vientos Air Museum. The disassembly, transfer and assembly work has been carried out by the aeronautical training company Aviation Group.

The TM.17-4 in a photo taken in 2010. Unlike the other three Boeing 707s of the Spanish Air Force, the TM.17-4 sported a discreet gray scheme, in line with the nature of its missions (Photo: Ejército del Aire).

The excellent YouTube channel Fly By Wire Aviation (to which I recommend you subscribe if you are interested in the world of aviation) has begun the publication of a series of videos showing the transfer of this plane to the Air Museum. Here we have the first video, in which we see the transfer of the TM.17-4 fuselage with the wings, drift and stabilizers removed:

I will be adding the next videos in this series here as Fly By Wire Aviation publish them.

+ UPDATED 28.6.2024 22:34h: Fly By Wire Aviation has published a new video from this series, this time showing the assembly of the wings of this 707:

+ UPDATED 1.7.2024 22:21h: Fly By Wire Aviation published on third video in this series, showing the components of the 707 for assembly in the museum:

+ UPDATED 4.7.2024 20:01h: Fly By Wire Aviation publishes the fourth video in this series, this time showing the assembly of the 707 wings:

+ UPDATED 7/7/2024 18:47h: Fly By Wire Aviation just released publish the fifth video of this series, in which we see the 707 with the wings already mounted:

+ UPDATED 7/11/2024 7:49 p.m.: Fly By Wire Aviation publishes a new video of the assembly of this 707, which shows the work on various parts of the plane:


Main photo: Carlos Menendez San Juan.

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