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CHAMPAIGN AVIATION MUSEUM
Champaign Aviation Museum of Urbana, Ohio

Fantastic little gem of a museum near the Dayton/Columbus area - worth a detour or a flight to go check this out!

This is a "working museum" meaning on any given day volunteers are working on the B-17 to get it back to flying condition!

Nice self-guided walking tour may take 1-3 hours. Land here, eat at the nice airport cafe' and spend some time at this terrific and very friendly museum!

Mike Marra, Keystone Flight of Central PA


Background and History:
Heralded as a major contributor to the Allied victory in World War II, the B-17 bomber could sustain significant damage and still lumber back to base. Today, though, only 14 of the original fleet of 12,731 Boeing B-17 Flying Fortresses can still take to the sky. Add one more to this exclusive number when a corps of volunteers completes its mission: the  restoration to flying status of a Boeing B-17G bomber, a project that recently began in a hangar on the south end of Grimes Field municipal airport in Urbana, Ohio—under the guidance of the world’s most experienced restorer of vintage military aircraft.
How did such a venture land in Urbana? It all started July 2005, when a fully restored B-17, the Liberty Belle, made a stop at Grimes Field.  The city residents gave the plane and its crew a great welcome.
 
This enthusiastic reception left an impression with Tom Reilly, who led the Liberty Belle restoration and was responsible for maintaining that aircraft.   A timely call to Carol Hall, airport manager of Grimes Field.  Recalls Hall, “He said, ‘I have a B-17 project that’s ready to start.  Do you know anyone who might be interested in it?’ I said that I knew of someone and that I’d check.” In fact, the man she had in mind, Jerry Shiffer—a local business leader, private pilot, and generous supporter of community causes, including improvements to the airport, happened at that moment to be dining in the airport’s restaurant. Shiffer and his family were among those who flew in the Liberty Belle during its visit, and Hall knew that he was thrilled by the experience. She told him of Reilly’s call. Soon after, Reilly came to Urbana to meet with the Shiffers, and, Hall says, “Within two weeks it all came together.”
 
November 29, the day the first shipment of B-17 parts—including part of the fuselage—was due to arrive at Grimes Field, Shiffer took off from the airfield, by himself, in his twin-engine Cessna 425 Conquest I. He was headed to Montana to ski. However, near Belgrade, Mont., the plane crashed; Shiffer would not return to see the realization of his dream: a flying B-17 museum based at the Urbana airport.
 
Seeing the dream through “We’ll see it to the finish,” says Shiffer’s widow, Leah. “He was so excited that everything was proceeding.  He left on a good note. When Jerry got excited about something, he couldn’t wait.”  Leah adds, “We want the plane to serve as a reminder of the sacrifices that many men made to protect our freedoms.”
 
Many hours of work by volunteers from around the region and even across the USA are going into restoring the bomber. The project could take 10 years to complete. The enormity of the task is apparent. In the hangar, large crates, bins, and warehouse shelving are loaded with a conglomeration of metal parts. A 25-foot-long wing flap rests against a wall. The stripped-down, skeletal frame of the cockpit and bomb bay hangs, steadied by a hoist, for the crew to work on. And many more parts are on the way.
 
One of the primary goals of Jerry Shiffer was to create an aircraft mechanics class for high school students.  That goal became a reality and a partnership with a high school vocation school and the museum has allowed numerous students to learn about aircraft maintenance.  
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Website http://www.champaignaviationmuseum.org/
Phone Number 937-652-4710
Categories Restaurants,Museums,Other
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Submitted By MIKE MARRA MIKE MARRA (433 destinations have been submitted by this member)
Last Reviewed Thursday, March 9, 2017
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Name I74-GRIMES FIELD
Distance Located on this airport
Open to the Public? Yes
Longest Runway 02/20 - 4400 x 100 feet, Asphalt, in Good condition
Control Tower No
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