The first airplane to be disassembled and sold for parts at the
new Qwest Air Parts facility in Crestview, FL, is a former World
Airways DC10-30, which landed at Bob Sikes Airport (KCEW) last
The Memphis, TN-based company will make a business of taking
apart retired airliners and selling their parts on the world
market. They will be operating out of a temporary hanger at Bob
Sikes until their new building is completed.
Okaloosa (FL) County Commission Chair Wayne Harris told the
Crestview News-Bulletin "this is the start of big things
for our airport." The company will reportedly initially hire 5 to
10 new people to join the 22 employees already working at the
airport. Qwest told the paper that every part of the airplane will
be sold except the aluminum skin, which will be scrapped after all
the usable parts have been removed.
As the new business gets going, officials are looking at
improvements to the airport as well. The county will entertain an
$11.5 million package of airport improvements at its regular
meeting in December which would widen the runway to 75 feet and
improve drainage at the field. The FAA and the state of Florida are
expected to provide $8 million of that amount, with the airport
making up the difference. Airport Director Greg Donovon told the
paper that no taxpayer money would be used for the project.
Meanwhile, a second DC30-10 is scheduled to land at KCEW for
disassembly next week.