Our network

B-17 Flying Fortress coming to Museum of Aviation | News

Title (Max 100 Characters)

B-17 Flying Fortress coming to Museum of Aviation

One of the Air Force's most popular planes will be joining the Museum of Aviation.

Ken Emery, the museum director, says the most asked about planes are the SR-71 Blackbird and B-17 Flying Fortress bomber.

The museum currently houses a Blackbird and the bomber will come in August. The Flying Fortress is currently housed in Indiana.

It was produced in 1945 and flew missions for the Air Force until 1959. Emery says the museum has been looking for a B-17 to bring in for several years. They're hoping to raise $200,000 to help get the plane on display.

It will take about $70,000 to move the Flying Fortress and the rest will go to repairs. Emery says it could take 3 to 5 years to fully restore the bomber.

"The airplane, of course, has been outside for over 70 years," he said. "So, we'll do a thorough inspection, we'll do repairs on it. A lot of the interior components are missing, so we'll be restoring and putting some of that back in. We'll restore the engines, repair and repaint the airplane. We're going to do a lot of that while it's on display."

The B-17 will be displayed in the World War 2 hanger at the museum.


Robins Businesses