Even for Arlington National Cemetery, Wednesday's burial service was extraordinary: remains from nine World War II airmen shot down and killed after a successful bombing run in Papua New Guinea in 1943.
A World War II bomber made what appeared to be an emergency landing in a cornfield Monday and all seven people on board escaped before it was consumed by fire, according to the Federal Aviation Administration.
"Growing up around the plane - it was just always here, you know," said Jayson Scott, who is the grandson of the late Art Lacey, the businessman who brought the B-17 Lacey Lady to Milwaukie, Ore., back in 1947.
The entire restoration of the Lacey Lady will likely take years to complete. The owners said, even if they had all the money in the world and everything they needed to get the project done, it would probably still take them at least a decade.
The Lacey Lady has definitely seen better days, but the family that owns what has become their legacy hopes to someday bring it back to its original glory and maybe even send it up in the air once again.
For decades, a B-17G sitting atop what was once a gas station has been one of this Oregon town's most talked about, and perhaps most visited, icons. But these days the famous airplane dubbed the "Lacey Lady" is deteriorating fast.
The Liberty Belle, a restored World War II Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress, took to the skies over Eugene on Tuesday.
The flight, rescheduled from Monday due to weather, was a media preview for upcoming public flights offered by the Liberty Foundation. | More