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McMinnville air museum losing World War II-era plane

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(courtesy Evergreen Aviation and Space Museum) (courtesy Evergreen Aviation and Space Museum)

A historic airplane at the Evergreen Aviation and Space Museum will soon be flying off into the sunset.

The B-17 Flying Fortress was fired up this week in McMinnville for the first time in 15 years.

Museum officials said the plane was on loan and that the owners of the aircraft, the Collings Foundation, wanted to make the B-17 flyable again.

According to the museum, the foundation plans to use the plane on tours around the county so more people can see one of the last remaining flyable B-17s in existence.

They also noted that roughly 50 percent of the aircraft in the museum is on loan from entities like other museums, corporations or private individuals.

The officials also noted that the B-17 leaving has nothing to do with the financial issues Evergreen Aviation has had and that the museum is financially stable.

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