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Last week The Museum of Flight in Seattle, Washington received the first truckload of parts for their B-52G Stratofortress “Midnight Express” following an exterior restoration.

As previously reported, the bomber (S/N 59-2584) has been parked outdoors at the museum’s Paine Field facility in Everett for the past 26 years. A $2.2 million effort was launched to restore the machine for use as the centerpiece of a new Vietnam Air War Memorial Park, which will pay tribute to the aircraft of the Vietnam War and honor the service members who flew and supported them.

Now repainted, the aircraft has been partially disassembled and is now in the process of being moved to the memorial park site on west side of the Museum’s Aviation Pavilion. The museum reports that the “small parts” will be stored until final assembly takes place later this spring.

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The effort to restore the Museum of Flight’s B-52G Stratofortress “Midnight Express” for a proposed memorial park is making headway, with crews having already prepped and painted the airframe with new layers of camouflage.

As previously reported, the aircraft, S/N 59-2584, has been parked outdoors at the museum’s Paine Field facility in Washington State for the past 26 years. The current $2.2 million effort will see it restored for use as the centerpiece of a new Vietnam Air War Memorial Park will pay tribute to the aircraft of the Vietnam War and honor the service members who flew and supported them.

When the exterior restoration is complete, the bomber will be partially disassembled, moved to the memorial park on west side of the Museum’s Aviation Pavilion and reassembled. The project will also involve site development and other landscaping.

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Yesterday, the process of restoring the Museum of Flight’s B-52 Stratofortress began with the machine’s relocation to the work area.

As previously reported, the aircraft, S/N 59-2584 “Midnight Express”, has been parked outdoors at the museum’s Paine Field facility in Washington State for the past 26 years. The current $2.2 million effort will see it restored for use as the centerpiece of a new Vietnam Air War Memorial Park will pay tribute to the aircraft of the Vietnam War and honor the service members who flew and supported them.

Yesterday’s work saw the B-52 transported from the center of Paine Field to Boeing property near the Historic Flight Foundation, where exterior restoration and refinishing will take place. Once complete, the bomber will be partially disassembled, moved to the memorial park on west side of the Museum’s Aviation Pavilion and reassembled. The project will also involve site development and other landscaping.

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A B-52G Stratofortress belonging to Seattle, Washington’s Museum of Flight will receive some overdue attention thanks to an effort by two Vietnam veterans and the bomber’s original flight crew.

The aircraft, S/N 59-2584 “Midnight Express”, has been parked outdoors at the museum’s Paine Field facility for the past 26 years. Now, a $2.2 million effort is underway to make the historic machine the centerpiece of a new memorial park that will pay tribute to the aircraft of the Vietnam War and honor the service members who flew and supported them.

Dubbed “Project Welcome Home”, the effort will see the B-52 dismantled and transported to the museum’s main facility at Boeing Field in Seattle, where it will be rebuilt. When complete, the Vietnam Air War Memorial Park will feature the B-52, a statue of an aviator and “exhibit pieces to tell the history of the B-52 and its involvement in the war.” The park will also be free of charge “for all who wish to honor, contemplate and remember.”

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