WARNER ROBINS -- If all goes as planned, a large historic World War II bomber will be rolling through Middle Georgia late Friday morning.
The time could change for the arrival of the B-17 Flying Fortress coming from Indiana, said Museum of Aviation spokeswoman Jenny Cook, but right now it is expected to get to the museum about noon. The museum will provide regular updates throughout the morning for anyone who wants to get a glimpse of it going by, she said.
The plane will come down Interstate 75 from Atlanta and will pick up a police escort in Jackson. The escort will continue all the way to the plane’s new home at the museum. At the Ga. 247 exit in Macon, it will head south to the museum.
If it arrives at the museum before 2 p.m., it will be taken on a parade lap around the city to give people a chance to see it. From the museum, it would go west on Russell Parkway, north on Davis Drive, then west on Watson Boulevard, south on Houston Lake Road and then would take Russell Parkway back to the museum.
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If it arrives after 2 p.m., the B-17 bomber will go straight to the museum to avoid interfering with school traffic.
The plane will be on three trucks, but the fuselage, which is the main part of the aircraft, will be on a large low-boy trailer and will not be covered. The moving company, All Coast Aircraft Recovery, provided a photo of another B-17 fuselage it moved the same way, and it promises to be something to turn heads whether people know exactly what it is or not.
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At 5 p.m. Friday, the museum is having a public reception that will include B-17 crew members who live in Middle Georgia. The fuselage will be in the Century of Flight Hangar over the weekend, and on Monday it will move into its permanent home in the World War II Scott Exhibit Hangar.
The plane will be reassembled and undergo restoration that is expected to take several years. That process will be open to the public.
The plane has been sitting outdoors for 54 years at Grissom Air Museum in Peru, Indiana. It is being moved to the Museum of Aviation because it has room in the World War II hangar to preserve it.
To contact writer Wayne Crenshaw, call 256-9725.