Bringing a B-17 back to life

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Bill Albers recalls hearing stories about the Boeing B-17s that flew low over his homeland, the Netherlands, on a mission of mercy during the final days of World War II. The Allied Forces dropped 11,000 tons of rations to the German-occupied part of the Netherlands, which had been cut off from food and power by blockades.

The Flying Fortresses dropped rations from just 300 feet or even lower. The mission, which the U.S. forces called Operation Chowhound, brought food to starving Dutch citizens.

Seven decades later, Albers is part of a crew of volunteers working to bring a B-17 back to flying form. Champaign Lady is at Champaign Aviation Museum at Grimes Field Airport in Urbana, Ohio

Read the article in AOPA Pilot.