November 3, 2018

Champaign Lady B-17 Restoration

This past weekend I visited the Champaign Aviation Museum in Urbana, Ohio. My buddy Jim and family hosted our mutual friend Connor and I for the weekend of touring aviation sites. We spent one full day in Dayton at the Museum of the United States Air Force and then a good portion on the next day in Urbana.

The highlight of the visit to the Champaign Aviation Museum was seeing the progress on the B-17 (44-85813) named Champaign Lady. Below are the photos showing the progress.



Forward fuselage structure.

Wings being rebuilt.

Nose gunner.

Cowling being made from scratch.

Aileron build.

Vertical is complete

Spar detail

Visiting with B-17 tail gunner Art Kemp.




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