Shortly after leaving Werribee Open Range Zoo, we drove past a sign advertising a B-24 restoration in progress. yuki_onna was indifferent to a 70-year-old warbird (being sane and all) but jackwilliambell and I were compelled to visit the project.
A team of folks working under a nonprofit umbrella have been working for some years on restoring an RAAF B-24 to flying condition. The airframe had been in someone’s backyard as a shed for many years. Wings were sourced from a wreck site in the jungles of Papua New Guinea. Portions of the tailplane came from an aviation salvage yard in the United States, while other portions were fabricated as part of the project.
We received a tour from a pleasant and garrolous old gentleman who’d served as a gunner on an Australian B-24 during WWII. The hangar included maps and displays of the history of the aircraft type in the RAAF, but mostly it included the B-24 itself.
As usual, more at the Flickr set.
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