New Update from the Military Aviation Museum/Fighter Factory Facebook page:
If you missed Chuckie’s arrival on January 22nd then you can get to see the bird fly once again as she is scheduled to leave (tomorrow at noon) for Florida Tuesday 15th February. Chuckie will be away for a couple of months in order to have some additional restoration work done.
Ray Fowler of Atlanta will be flying up tomorrow morning with Don Brooks, owner of the Liberty Bell B-17, to fly Chuckie down to Gary Norville of American Aero Services
in New Smyrna, Florida. It will be down there for approximately two and a half months having some additional restoration work done to the airplane.
They will arrive in Don Brook’s private airplane, which will follow them along on the four hour trip down to Florida. Am sure that we might have some visitors there and also will be a lot of people watching on the webcams
. Expected departure time will be approximately about noon or shortly thereafter.
So Far, as a volunteer at the museum, we have been informed that for this restoration work she will be fitted with a new chin turret. I have not been told what if anything else will be done. That and the fact that there is, as always with most things people are not involved with, rumours as to what configuration that Jerry Yagen wishes to make her.