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Virginia Beach, VA


B-17

This is the B-17G Chuckie. Chuckie was down for many years getting a full rebuild, but she flew in early 2005, and is already visiting airshows again. Chuckie is a WWII vet, having flowing as a bombing pathfinder aircraft in Europe. Chuckie is based out of the Vintage Flying Museum, which is located at Meacham Field on the north side of Fort Worth, Texas. While they call it a museum, it is more accurately a working aircraft hangar where vintage aircraft are being maintained and rebuilt.

Update—Chuckie has a new home. The aircraft was flown from Meacham Field to Virginia Beach, Virginia, on January 22, 2011. Chuckie will be the centerpiece of a new World War II display hangar that is being built at the Military Aviation Museum as this was being written. While Chuckie looks good in the photos in the museum newsletter, they do report that they will fully restore the aircraft. Based on some of their other aircraft that I have seen, expect the results to be magnificient.

Thanks go to B-17 fan James Reagan for alerting me to Chuckie's move.

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