5k to raise money for restoration of B-17

By Lynda Figueredo - bioemail

POOLER, GA (WTOC) - A lot of hard work is going into preserving a piece of the past for future generations at the Mighty Eighth Air Force Museum in Pooler.

For the past few months crews have been working tirelessly to restore a B-17 Bomber.

It is now in the third phase of the project as crews from Gulfstream begin painting the interior of the aircraft and place flooring inside.

The outside of the aircraft has already been polished, buffed and cleaned.

The project will cost about $1 million for the restoration of the nearly 65-year-old aircraft that flew bombing missions over Germany in World War II.

To help with the cost the museum is hosting the B-17 Flying Fortress 5K.

"An artifact such as B-17 is important to continue the legacy of WWII for veterans for many years to come," said B-17 Flying Fortress 5K Chairman Jane Harper.

The race is Saturday November 6, but the time to register is now. It's only $25 now through November 4.Then it goes up to $30. You can register at the Mighty Eighth Air Force Museum on Bourne Avenue in Pooler or online.

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