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Restored B-17 to be unveiled Saturday in Tulare

People from all over the world are joining forces to bring a piece of U.S. history back to life.

People from all over the world are joining forces to bring a piece of U.S. history back to life.

FOX26 reporter Tayhana Garcia was also able to put down some paint to help get a WWII aircraft ready for its unveiling on Saturday.

You've probably seen the original B-17 aircraft, better known as "Preston's Pride" as you drive down Highway 99 in Tulare.

Volunteer Greg Stathatos said, "Out of 12,731 B-17s built, there are only 50 survivors left. Out of the 50 only 12 fly, and there's 7 that actually saw combat since World War II."

The restored Preston's Pride with its original markings from 1946 will be on display Saturday, May 12th at Mefford Field in Tulare.

With tape, a couple of ladders and paint, more than 500 community members have come together to restore this aircraft, which they are now calling "The People's Plane".

The aircraft is owned by the National Museum of the United States Air Force and is on loan to the AMVETS.

Mefford Field is located just south of Tulare, next to the World Ag Expo.

Festivities begin at 8:30 a.m. and the ribbon cutting official ceremony will be at 10:00 a.m.

Admission is free.


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