The Jumbo That Brought Guernica To Spain Is In A
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The jumbo that brought Guernica to Spain is in A Coruña (and you can see it)

  • The cabin of the Boeing 747 that moved Picasso’s masterpiece from New York to Madrid is exhibited at the headquarters of the National Museum of Science and Technology in A Coruña.

This type of plane, the Boeing 747, is twelve meters tall

Pablo Picasso was clear that the Guernica, which he painted for the International Exhibition in Paris in 1937, could not be exhibited in Spain until Democracy is back. For this reason, after a brief European tour, it was kept by the Museum of Modern Art in New York (MoMA), in United States.

After the Franco dictatorship, in 1981 the work of art came to Spain aboard the plane Lope de Vega, a Boeing 747 from Iberia. Several decades later, and with the jumbo already retired, the National Museum of Science and Technology (MUNCYT) decides to buy his cabin and exhibit it at its headquarters in A Coruña, which would open in 2012.

To take it from Madrid to the Galician city, it was necessary take it apart piece by piece, since it was twelve meters high, seven wide and fourteen long. Each part was deposited in containers, which were moved by trucks. Those that did not fit due to their large dimensions were mounted on a special device.

Boeing 747 Jumbo MUNCYT

The surprise of the drivers with whom the peculiar entourage came across was enormous, when they contemplated how parts of the head of an airplane were circulating on the A-6 motorway.

Once the cabin arrived at the museum, its director, Ramón Núñez Centella, emulating the astronaut Neil Armstrong, stated, “It may be that this is a small jump for a jumbo, but it’s a big step for the MUNCYT“.

His steering wheel was in Illinois

The museum was inaugurated by the now king and queen of Spain on May 4, 2012. A few months later, the cabin received one of the last missing pieces, the pilot’s steering wheel.

Located thanks to the MUNCYT Support Foundation and an association of former airline pilots, the flyer was found in Illinois (U.S). Known in pilot jargon as the horns, a legend appears on its surface with the protocol to be followed in an emergency.

Last May, the A Coruña museum celebrated its fifth anniversary. In this five-year period, it has received some 1,200 donated pieces, has collaborated with 53 donors, has exhibited 491 heritage works and has restored another 500. But if there is one that has impressed the 250,000 people who have visited it over the years, it has been theto the cabin that brought the Guernica.