EL CAJON, Calif. -- The San Diego Air and Space Museum now has a new piece to show off, compliments of the U.S. Navy.
The retired SH-60 Seahawk helicopter will be housed at the museum's Gillespie Field location in El Cajon.
It was originally one of three prototype helicopters of its kind built for the military. Thirty years later, it was out of commission and sitting at Naval Air Station North Island.
After a loan agreement was worked out with the museum, the Navy refurbished the aircraft and made it available to the museum for an indefinite period.
While it looks new, it can't fly. That's why the chopper had to be trucked from North Island to the East County.
The move took about an hour.
The truck hauling the aircraft left North Island, cruised through Coronado and headed south on the Silver Strand. It continued on Palm Avenue through Imperial Beach to northbound Interstate 5.
The vehicle then took SR-54 to SR-125 and got off the freeway in the Santee area before finishing its trek at Gillespie Field.
"Most people don't know what it looks like up close. They see them in the air and say there goes a helicopter. This is kind of a special haul. We've done it before, move aircraft back and forth to the museum. It's always a people-pleaser when folks drive along next to us," said Terry Brennan, curator at the San Diego Air and Space Museum.
The helicopter won't go on display for another week or two. When it does, admission will be free.