KANSAS CITY, Mo. - A Kansas City coffee shop added what it hopes will be the newest iconic addition to the city’s skyline Tuesday.
The Roasterie mounted a full-size DC-3 airplane atop the company’s soon-to-be expanded coffee production facility, 1204 W. 27th St.
Anticipated high winds moved the event to an earlier start Tuesday morning, but it went off without a hitch.
The popular Kansas City coffee company used the city’s largest crane to hoist the piece of American history to its new home on top of the production plant.
The U.S. military flew the 16,000-pound aircraft during the Berlin Airlift in 1948. Bob Dodson, of Dodson Aviation, and several former TWA employees restored and refurbished the plane.
The DC-3 airplane has been a long-time feature in the Roasterie’s logo. It was widely used in the 1930s and 40s to transport harvested coffee beans from remote areas.
The plane’s addition marks one of many steps in the company’s expansion -- a production facility doubling in size and a new Roasterie Café, the third in Kansas City.
Other additions in the expansion include a new event venue, tasting room, free tours and expanded parking.
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