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'Lacey Lady' bomber to be fully restored

McLoughlin Boulevard’s famous B-17 bomber will move to Aurora’s airport for restoration if a local coalition’s campaign can raise $50,000 remaining needed to get the “Lacey Lady” out of the weather and 67 years of pigeon abuse.

by: FILE PHOTO - After serving in World War II, the Lacey Lady has served as a Southeast McLoughlin Boulevard landmark since this vintage photograph was taken in the 1960s.Members of the B-17 Alliance believe that the “strong and honorable integrity” of the generation who fought in World War II must not be forgotten. After years of planning, organizers think the bomber could be moved in two months after funding is obtained.

Although the cockpit and engines already have gone to Aurora, that means the fuselage could be there by the end of the summer, saving it from another battering of Pacific Northwest winter weather. Executive Director Terry Scott said B-17 Alliance partners are preparing the iconic landmark for the restoration.

“We must never forget the price paid, by so many, to safeguard our personal freedoms,” Scott said.

The B-17 Alliance and Aurora Aviation are hosting a War Birds Over The West fly-in and cruise-in as an affordable Father’s Day weekend loaded with entertainment for the entire family. They promise classic cars, vintage aircraft, demonstrations, fun activities, military vehicles, WWII veterans, local authors, the Civil Air Patrol, young Eagles program, and more on site.

“This is more than a restoration project,” Scott said. “This B-17G is one of the great war planes. It continues to remind us of how great it is to be an American and how important it is to thank those who made sacrifices for our precious American freedoms.”

War Birds’ fundraising events

• Friday, June 13: Dinner with the pilots from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. RSVP tickets required, $25, 503-654-6491.

• Saturday, June 14: Fly-in and cruise-in offers family fun from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission: $10.

• Saturday, June 14: BBQ awards dinner and banquet includes a B-17 Alliance presentation and aviation-art auction. Tickets $15 at the door, maximum 150 guests.

• Sunday, June 15: Pancake breakfast and wrap-up from 9 a.m. to noon.

All events at the Aurora Airport, 22785 Airport Road NE.