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  B-17G-105-VE Flying Fortress Serial Number 44-85790  
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Justin Taylan 2011

Aircraft History
Built by by Vega under contract for Boeing. Delivered to the U. S. Army.

Postwar
During 1947, this B-17 was purchased by Art Lacey of Milwaukie, OR. On March 8, this B-17 departed Altus Air Force Base in Oklahoma to Portland, OR, arriving on March 10. Disassembled into at least four pieces, the bomber was transported to SE McLoughlin Blvd in Milwaukie, Oregon during September 1947 and reassembled.

Display
Placed on pylons, the bomber was placed on displayed above Lacy's Gas Station, allowing vehicles to park underneath. Nicknamed "Lacey Lady" by Art Lacey. Also known locally as the "B-17 Gas Station".

Later, the gas station relocated down the street to 13515 SE McLoughlin Blvd where it was installed on permanent pylons above the ground. Art Lacey died circa 2000, and his daughter now owns the property and this B-17. Today, the gas station portion is closed. The location is known as The Bomber Restaurant.

Restoration
During 1996, the nose section was removed and is under restoration at the Wings of Freedom Showcase indoors also on the same property.

References
TheBomber.com / B-17 Wings of Freedom Showcase

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Last Updated
January 9, 2018

 

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