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Mastadon Autoclave Project



With the closure of Northrop Grumman’s B-2 M Bomber Facility in Pico Rivera, California, Coast Machinery Movers was contracted to move Northrop Grumman’s composite structure manufacturing operation to Hill Air Force Base, in Clearfield, Utah. Among several pieces of machinery and equipment was a sixty-five foot long, nineteen foot in diameter, three hundred thousand pound autoclave. The contract consisted of disassembling all mechanical and electrical components of the autoclave, rigging the large vessel and moving it about a quarter of a mile to an onsite parking lot. Once situated in the parking lot, a combination of beams, dollies and tractors were assembled totaling approximately two hundred and fifty feet in length. The one hundred and eight tire transporter moved the autoclave from Pico Rivera through the streets of Los Angeles over the Cajon Pass, up interstate 395 through the High Sierra Mountains and across Nevada to Utah. The seven hundred and fifty mile journey ended on schedule and successfully with the autoclave nestled on its foundation in its new home at Hill Air Force Base.