B-17G “Flying Fortress“ Restoration Project…Portland, Oregon

http://www.b17wingsoffreedom.org/index.htm  Quotes from this website…

“The Wings of Freedom Project began with the removal of the nose section at a grand community event. After its restoration, the nose, along with the ball turret were placed as a centerpiece in the Wings of Freedom showcase museum in an effort to honor the personal stories that this “Flying Fortress” represents.”

FACTS ABOUT THE “LACEY LADY”

“This B-17G, the “Lacey Lady”, was a surplus plane built by Lockheed at the Vega plant in Burbank California. She has the lowest air time of any B-17 in existence. She has stood as an icon, since 1947, on McLoughlin Blvd.  Although the B-17s were amazing to their crew as a “Flying Fortress”, they were not designed to be perched in Oregon’s climate for 64 years. The condition of the “Lacey Lady” warrants immediate attention. A team of professionals have developed a plan to take this Vintage Aircraft to the next phase of its restoration. WE ARE READY FOR “TAKE OFF!”

I am pleased to share the above website describing the “Flying Fortress” Restoration Project.  It is a non-profit project honoring the history of aircraft from WWII.  One of the joys of writing this blog is keeping up with countless projects around America honoring the Armed Forces and the technology used during WWII that protected the freedoms we enjoy today.   I feel proud and grateful to have the opportunity to write about and honor the historical significance and legacy of America’s past wars.  

Please support the “Lacey Lady” Restoration Project!

Steve Sparks
Author
Reconciliation: A Son’s Story

 

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