Tail End of WWII War Plane In Place As Complete Restoration Grows Nearer

By KBJR News 1

August 18, 2011 Updated Aug 18, 2011 at 10:25 PM CDT

HERMANTOWN, MN (Northland's NewsCenter) - A large piece of progress was put into place for a PBY Catalina restoration project today in Hermantown.

A large section of the tail was lifted into position this afternoon, bringing the warplane close to completion.

This type of plane was first built in 1936, and served with every branch of the U.S. military.

Restoration on the plane began in 2009 and once it's done, the Commemorative Air force says it will look as it would have June 1942, before the Battle of Midway.

"There are 40 that remain in the world today, and there's only one in the United States that's flyable. This one, once restored and after the ceremony on July 4th on Lake Superior, this one will be used in air shows all over the country," said John Hosler of CAF.

Organizers say the war plane will be fly for the public for the first time on Independence Day in 2014.

To raise funds to complete the project, the Commemorative Air Force-Lake Superior Squadron 101 is hosting an event called "Winds Beneath Our Wing" on Saturday September 10, starting at 10 a.m. and running through 8 p.m.

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