Massive chunk of USS Arizona to be shipped to new home in Texas

Massive chunk of USS Arizona to be shipped to new home in Texas
A piece of the USS Arizona is being shipped to Texas, where it will put on display. (Image: UPS)
A piece of the USS Arizona is being shipped to Texas, where it will put on display. (Image: UPS)
Here's a look at the USS Arizona before a world famous memorial was built. (Image: Archives)
Here's a look at the USS Arizona before a world famous memorial was built. (Image: Archives)
The USS Arizona Memorial is one of the most visited landmarks in the state. (Image: Archives)
The USS Arizona Memorial is one of the most visited landmarks in the state. (Image: Archives)

By Kimi Andrew
HNN Summer Intern

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) -- An 800-pound piece of the USS Arizona will embark on a journey across the Pacific to its new home Thursday.

The section — a steel plate along with a portion of the battleship's wooden deck — will make its way to the Texas Panhandle War Memorial in Armarillo, where it will be housed indefinitely.

The section being transported was part of the Arizona's deck in the superstructure of the ship. It was removed in order to make room for the popular war memorial that was built across the ship's sunken hull.

The 3,600 mile journey will take one week to complete with a stop in Ontario, Calif.

Because of the historical significance of this relic, UPS has donated the cost of moving the piece from Hawaii to Texas, which includes a stint on one of UPS's MD-11 freighter jets and then a UPS freight truck taking the piece 1,000 miles from California to Texas.

Piloting the freighter jet will be two retired Navy aviators who now fly for UPS.

The crate containing the artifact will be open and on display Thursday, before the crate is sealed and secured for transport on board the freighter jet.

At that time, the National Park Service will share the background and significance of the USS Arizona and the section of the battleship in particular.

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