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A ‘new’ B-17 Rolling off the Assembly Line

Some people might see this headline and call the staff crazy.  But it’s true.  Volunteers at the Champaign Aviation Museum in Urbana, Ohio are building a ‘new’ B-17.  This isn’t merely a restoration project of a single dilapidated hull.  This soon to be flyable airplane is made from restored parts along with new fabricated parts.  The goal is to create an airplane that is even better than the original.  The project began in 2005 and still has a few years left to go.  All construction is being done by volunteers and engineers who are meticulously crafting parts from old Boeing diagrams and blueprints.

If you are interested in learning more about the program, you can visit their website here.

The museum is open Tuesday through Saturday from 10am to 4pm.  Admission is Free.  Donations are accepted and most likely appreciated.


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