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Party helps 'Lacey Lady' celebrate 65 years

The 'Lacey Lady,' aka Milwaukie's Bomber, is celebrating her 65th birthday on July 28 with a fundraising barbecue to preserve a historical landmark that has been a local icon since 1947.

With a goal to launch one of only 34 intact B-17Gs as a learning tool for future generations, the bomber is being prepared to enter her 'take-off phase,' which, when complete, will land parts of her safely to the ground.

Engines will be removed in an effort to lighten her load and bring her into the next phase of her preservation.

The Wings of Freedom Showcase houses restored sections of the B-17G.

'After 65 years of being exposed to Oregon's climate, the remaining sections warrant immediate attention,' said Terry Scott, Wings of Freedom Project program director. 'Community help raising funds is needed to move forward. By restoring this rare aircraft, we will build a lasting educational and commemorative tribute to the men and women who served valiantly and made a vital contribution to the victory in World War II.'

The Wings of Freedom Project is a nonprofit collaboration of retired veterans and Milwaukie-area volunteers. The group is also creating curriculum to encourage the use of math, science and engineering in conjunction with historical components.

A birthday dinner celebration from 6 to 10 p.m. Thursday, June 28, will help the 'Lacey Lady' celebrate 65 years at The Bomber, 13515 S.E. McLoughlin Blvd.

The event features the 'Mark of Mystery' magic show and entertainment by '2 Sisters & a Mr.' Board members will be on hand to discuss the Wings of Freedom Project accomplishments. Tickets in advance are $35, or two for $60, at the door $45 each.

For more information, or to donate, visit b17Wingsoffreedom.org, contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 503-654-6491.