The Fed Rex Express

From the August 2014 issue.

Global Trailer once documented the complexity of transporting the space shuttle Endeavour, but what FedEx Custom Critical recently achieved in the US may just top it – a Tyrannosaurus Rex.

After spending the past 26 years of its 66-million-year existence at the Museum of the Rockies (MOR) in Bozeman, Montana, the iconic Wankel tyrannosaurus Rex has been moved to the National Museum of Natural History in D.C. last month – a 2,000-mile (3,200km) trip that received national recognition in the US.

Rancher Kathy Wankel discovered the skeleton while out hiking with her family near Montana’s Fort Peck reservoir in 1988, on land that belonged to the US Army Corps of Engineers. One of the most complete Rex specimens in the world, it remained in Montana until 2013, when the Corps agreed to loan the Wankel Rex to the Smithsonian for the next half century. 

In late April, the colossal creature’s carcass finally made its way to Washington D.C., where it will eventually live in a new $35 million dinosaur hall to be completed by 2019. But, shipping the T. Rex was not exactly a case for Priority Mail.

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