Here's your chance.
SPRINGFIELD, OHIO — The stakes aren’t as high as when 12,726 of them were built during World War II, but the effort to restore one B-17 in Urbana still needs everyone to do their part.
Close to 90 volunteers at the Champaign Aviation Museum have so far spent seven years returning a single Flying Fortress to flying condition, and they can always use another Rosie the Riveter.
“The door’s open,” project manager Randy Kemp said. “Come get acquainted and see what you like.”
Don’t worry about experience — all you need is the same can-do spirit that won the war in the first place.
“Most of these guys have never before bent a piece of aluminum in their lives,” Kemp explained recently. “But, pretty soon, you’re building an engine nacelle.”
For history buffs, it’s an open invitation to come tinker on the ultimate muscle car — only this one could carry 8,000 pounds of muscle in its bomb bay.
I know I have some readers that would probably enjoy the chance to work on this project.