Rocket Sled to Washington, D.C.

On August ninth, Safeway Logistics’ Flatbed Transportation embarked on the historic task of transporting the Sonic Wind 1 rocket Sled (all 8,000 pounds of it!) 1,924 miles from Alamogordo, NM to the Mary Baker Engen Restoration Hangar at the Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center in Chantilly, VA.

There it will be prepared for display in the upcoming exhibit “SPEED” at the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum.

Dr. (Col.) John Stapp manned the sled repeatedly to test the effects of acceleration on the human body. He set a ground speed record of 632 miles per hour, and provided invaluable data which resulted in development of safer tools and practices for the U.S. Air Force and, ultimately, NASA.

Where has the Sonic Wind 1 been?

The U.S. Air Force entrusted the sled to the Smithsonian in 1966. Since that time, it remained at the John P. Stapp Air and Space Park at the New Mexico Museum of Space History.

Until Safeway Logistics had the honor of handling the safe loading, transport, and delivery of the precious cargo.

Want to know more?

To learn more about this project, and about how we can handle your specialty projects, call us at 800-545-2899 7AM to 6PM ET, Monday through Friday, or email

Safeway Logistics Announces New Yard Management Services

Safeway Logistics is now providing our clients a specialized yard management service that includes:

  • New yard hostler equipment with hydraulic 5th wheel to minimize time to move trailers and maximize efficiencies
  • Experience Drivers with industry knowledge of best practices for yard management solutions
  • Existing solutions include
    • Period lot checks and trailer inventory reporting
    • Management and reporting of aging and/or underutilized equipment
    • Sweeping out of empty trailers
    • Identifying and reporting on returned trailers with excess material
    • Assisting in unloading the material on returned trailers, if requested
    • Yard clean up including looking for screws, nails and/or other debris
    • Any housekeeping items for trailers such as sorting ratchet straps, E-track bars, and load bars
Safeway Logistics Yard Management Solutions

Safeway Speciality Flatbed Services – Description of Services


  • All owner-ops, highly experienced professionals
  • All trailers are 48’ to 53’ step-decks, several with conestoga tarp systems
  • Service all 48 states, limited service to Canada
  • No Mexico-direct service. No hazmat
  • UIIA interchange allows us access most steamship containers, Long Beach and LA ports
  • TWIC cards held by drivers
  • We specialize in “special” loads, projects, unusual shipments that demand high-quality.
  • On-time delivery exceeds 99.8%, claim-free delivery is 99.9%. We do what we say we will
  • Riggers are involved in many of our loads so being on time is mandatory. Our loads are many times crane off-load and roof installed. Others are forklift unload at site requiring flatbed only, on-time delivery is critical as well, every time!
  • Examples of products that we typically move are Medical MRI’s, Machinery, Trade Shows, Projects, High-Value Equipment, Art & Sculptures, etc.
  • Only air-ride truck and trailers to reduce/limit road shock to product
  • Single-drop flatbeds preferred to limit load and unload lifting height
  • Fully-equipped with nylon straps and/or chains for proper DOT cargo securement
  • Day and time specific loading to meet shipping schedules
  • 24 hour pre-calls to shipping to confirm load day and time
  • Day and time specific delivery to meet rigging and install schedules
  • 24 hour pre-call to consignee contacts to inspect/confirm route and time
  • Ability to adapt to and comply quickly with short-notice changes in shipping


Flatbed Transportation by Safeway Logistics

Flatbed Transportation by Safeway Logistics