A few cars in the historic B20 powertrain are being kept in the engine bay of the B-20 airplane.
The company that builds the airplane and operates it says the cars are part of a special cleanup effort.
They are being sent to the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum in Washington, D.C., for an inspection.
The Smithsonian says that’s an “ongoing, high priority” project.
“This is not a safety matter,” says John R. Tresch, vice president of the Smithsonian’s National Air & Space Museum.
“There are safety issues in the process, as well as the issue of whether the cars can be safely moved to other sites, where they could have more permanent storage.”
The Smithsonian’s website says the project was completed in 2019, but that date doesn’t match the timeline given in a statement from the Smithsonian, citing ongoing construction.
Telsa says its engine-bay cleaning program is “not a safety issue.”
“The Smithsonian is a non-profit organization that supports the Smithsonian and other institutions, including museums, to build the best museums in the world,” the Smithsonian says.
“The restoration of this engine bay is part of the larger effort to improve the safety of the vehicles and the environment in which they are used.
This effort will be continued as part of our ongoing safety initiative.”
In the 1970s, the B16-powered B-24 Liberator was the only aircraft built with the A-10 Thunderbolt II engine.
The airplane, which became the backbone of the Air Force and U.S. Air Force fighters, was retired in 2010.
In 2015, the plane was returned to service, and in 2017, a crew member was injured when a fuel tank exploded.
The plane has been undergoing a $2 billion restoration project.
The restoration of the engine-bays on some planes is not an uncommon practice.
The A-11 is one example.
It’s a plane that’s been rebuilt for use by the military, but the engine is still in use on some aircraft.
The Pentagon also recently purchased two B-17s, one of which has been in service for years, for about $1 billion.
The planes were used to conduct surveillance flights over Afghanistan in the 1980s.