Work on Chimney Rock at Chimney Rock State Park’s elevator continued during a recent flyover to remove the elevator’s original motor from 1948 and other essential parts.
The park’s old elevator motor was airlifted out via a specialized helicopter called the S64-F, which can carry a load of up to 25,000 pounds.
Work to bring the elevator back into service will continue with hopes that it will reopen later in 2017.
Additional flyover dates for construction are scheduled in July. Fly-in dates are contingent upon weather, so the date may change based on the forecast.
Because of safety reasons and the precision needed for each one of these jobs, the Park is closed to the public on flight days.
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