Where is the Bomber?
From 1947 to 1990, the WWII B-17G Flying Fortress, now known as the "Lacey Lady," sat sentinel as a service station canopy in Milwaukie. Today, it's undergoing complete restoration to airworthy condition at the Salem Municipal Airport by B-17 Alliance Foundation.
Established in 2006, the B-17 Alliance Foundation was created to restore the famous "Milwaukie Gas Station Bomber," and return the B-17G Flying Fortress to its original flying glory.
"The B-17G is the centerpiece to an education center where we are preserving the stories of our Greatest Generation," B-17 Alliance Foundation Executive Director Terry Scott explained. "Every day we work to honor the American spirit - under these wings we preserve American history and educate generations. We inspire the community, which is a great honor. This is a place where people can heal, be inspired, honor Veterans and our country."
The B-17 Alliance Foundation Museum and Restoration Facility opened in January 2015 at the historic McNary Field on the tarmac. There, visitors can watch volunteers restore the B-17G, and hear unique stories of valor. "Lacey Lady" is the most intact Flying Fortress in the world with the lowest engine hours of any B-17G still in existence.
Namesake Art Lacey dedicated this aircraft to honor all those who served valiantly at home and abroad. Community support is an important aspect of success of the multi-million-dollar B-17 restoration endeavor. Today, there are fewer than 50 B-17s in the world today.
"We are hoping to reach everyone who cared about this iconic treasure that was perched next the super highway in Milwaukie for nearly 70 years. People need to know that they can come and see the 'Lacey Lady' at the historic Salem airport. There, she has a new mission to serve and honor a great generation," Scott said.
3278 SE 25th Street, Hangar "C" Salem, OR 97302