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Museum of Aviation announces date of B-17 arrival in Warner Robins

This is a photo of a hand out of B-17 identical to one at a museum in Peru, Indiana. The Indiana plane will soon be shipped to the Museum of Aviation where it will be restored.
This is a photo of a hand out of B-17 identical to one at a museum in Peru, Indiana. The Indiana plane will soon be shipped to the Museum of Aviation where it will be restored. bcabell@macon.com

WARNER ROBINS -- Next week residents here will have a chance to witness something they probably have never seen before and will never see again.

A B-17, one of the most revered planes in military history, will be rolling down the streets.

The Museum of Aviation’s long-awaited B-17 bomber is arriving on the back of three trucks Aug. 21. One of the trucks will carry the fuselage, and it will be paraded through town. It won’t be covered, so people will be able to get a good look at it, said Jenny Cook, spokeswoman for the museum.

The time, route and other details are still being worked out and are expected to be announced early next week. A reception, which will include World War II veterans, is planned at the museum at 5 p.m. on the arrival date, but Cook said the plane will likely get to the museum before the reception.

The fuselage will be in the Century of Flight Hangar over the weekend, then it will move to the Scott Hangar for restoration. It will be the first time the museum will do a restoration that will be open to the public.

The museum has long made getting a B-17 a priority. The Air Force agreed to move a B-17 that had been outdoors to Robins so that it could be put in a hangar and protected.

The plane is coming from Grissom Air Museum. Nicknamed “The Flying Fortress,” the B-17 was pivotal in taking out the Nazi’s war industry during World War II.

To contact writer Wayne Crenshaw, call 256-9725.

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